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Four Students Recognized for Academic, Campus Achievements
May 26, 2012
Seniors Andrew Milluzzi, Caroline McDonald and Matthew Hein
joined graduate student Phillip Rodenbeck in receiving special
recognition among the Class of 2012 for academic achievements,
student leadership, research discoveries, campus citizenship, and
respect among peers and faculty.
Milluzzi earned the John T. Royce
Award as the most outstanding graduate, in the opinion of the
faculty and staff. The computer engineering and software
eng ineering graduate from Westlake, Ohio, was an
officer in four student organizations: Eta Kappa Nu electrical
engineering honor society, Robotics Club, Catholic campus ministry
and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He has used
LEGO robots to get youths interested in engineering, science and
math, and has created several large-scale projects with LEGOs.
"Andy has been a tremendous ambassador
for Rose-Hulman, having the highest level of integrity, strong
values and passion for the Rose-Hulman community," stated Pete
Gustafson, vice president for student affairs.
Away from Rose-Hulman, Milluzzi also has had internships at
National Instruments and Hyland Software, and will spend this
summer as an intern for Microsoft's Xbox team. Afterward, he
will continue his education pursuits in a robotics Ph.D. program at
the University of Florida.
McDonald received the Herman A. Moench Distinguished Senior
Commendation. The senior chemical engineering major from
Kings Mills, Ohio, has been president of the Alpha Chi Sigma
professional chemistry fraternity. She has also been a tour
guide for the Office of Admissions, varsity cheerleader and
membership educator for the Chi Omega sorority, and served as
public relations director for the Student Alumni Association.
"Caroline has been a tireless
cheerleader for Rose-Hulman," noted Keith Hoover, Ph.D., the Herman
Moench Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Hein received the Heminway Gold Medal as the graduating student
with the highest overall grade point average. The electrical
engineering major from Sterling Heights, Mich., completed his
Rose-Hulman career with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Rodenbeck received the Outstanding Graduate Thesis Award for his
work on "The Design of a Cost-Effective Semi-Active Damper," a
project completed under the direction of Phillip Cornwell, Ph.D.,
vice president for academic affairs. The graduate student from
Valparaiso recently earned a patent for another project at Toyota,
and has three other patents pending.