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Faculty and Staff Members Honored for Great Teaching, Research and Service

May 25, 2013

       Yosi Shibberu
  Yosi Shibberu, PhD

Rose-Hulman recognized three members of the faculty and staff for their outstanding teaching, commitment to scholarship and undergraduate research, and service to the campus community during the institute’s 135th commencement on May 25.

Mathematics Professor Yosi Shibberu, PhD, received the Outstanding Teacher Award for having the highest standard of teaching excellence. One of the students noted that “you can tell how much (Shibberu) enjoys teaching and how much he cares about his students.”

That commitment hasn’t gone unnoticed. Shibberu, a member of the Rose-Hulman faculty since 1992, was one of only 32 mathematics professors profiled in the Princeton Review’s 2012 Best 300 Professors book of America’s best college educators.

Shibberu’s award-winning teaching style was crafted from sage advice from mathematics colleague Elton Graves and former math professor Gary Sherman—past recipients of the outstanding teaching award. Teaching is storytelling, Sherman advised, and Shibberu has developed a coherent and compelling storyline for each of his courses. Meanwhile, Graves encouraged Shibberu to adopt the “one concept at a time rule,” where he only introduces one concept at a time, working from specific examples, and concepts towards general principles and theorems.

Lorraine Olson           
Lorraine (Lori) Olson, PhD

The Board of Trustees’ Outstanding Scholar Award recognized Mechanical Engineering Professor Lorraine (Lori) Olson, PhD, for representing the highest standards of academic scholarship and serving as a role model for professional development. She is a strong proponent for undergraduate research experiences for Rose-Hulman students, being one of the faculty champions for the Independent Projects and Research Opportunities Program.

Olson is an expert at applying finite element methodologies to non-traditional areas such as ultrasonic cleaning of semiconductor wafers, laser welding, online machine tool monitoring, rotational molding of polymers, wear-resistant coatings, and inverse electrocardiography. Her current research focuses on inverse problems and early detection of breast cancer.

Over her career, Olson has become a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and has authored or co-authored one book chapter, 39 journal articles, and 89 conference papers, presentations and reports. She joined the faculty in 2002.

“Dr. Olson is an outstanding example of what it means to engage in a career of scholarship and life-long learning,” states Board of Trustees Chair William R. Fenoglio.

Lisa Norton           
Lisa Norton

Lisa Norton, director of admissions, received the President’s Outstanding Service Award for leading the recruitment staff that has attracted a quality student body and young alumni base since joining Rose-Hulman in 1998, and becoming director in 2007. Her team of counselors and operations staff process over 5,000 applications for each freshman class; coordinates hundreds of college fairs, high school visits, and a growing number of campus visits; and contacts prospective students through thousands of calls, e-mails, and other inquiries.

“Lisa handles all of these responsibilities with professionalism and compassion, and truly exemplifies what outstanding service represents on our campus,” states Robert A. Coons, who served as 2012-13 interim president.

In addition to her on campus responsibilities, Norton has served as president of the Indiana Association for College Admission Counseling.