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Seven Students Honored for Academic and Campus Achievements

May 25, 2013

Five students were recognized during Rose-Hulman’s 135th commencement on May 25 for completing their undergraduate careers with perfect 4.0 grade point averages, two students earned honors for their campus achievements, and a graduate student was featured for the quality of his graduate research.

Earning the Heminway Gold Medal for having the highest overall grade point average in this year’s graduating class were:

  • Sean D. Gorsky, a double major in optical engineering and physics from Elmhurst, Illinois.
  • Ross L. Hansen, an electrical engineering major from Gleneden Beach, Oregon.
  • Ethan R. Post, a double major in chemical engineering and chemistry from Rockford, Michigan.
  • Alexandra N. Schwier, a biomedical engineering major from Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
  • Kurtis A. Zimmerman, a triple major in computer science, software engineering, and mathematics from Shelbyville, Indiana.
           Sean Gorsky   Ross Hansen   Ethan Post   Alexandra Schwier
  Sean Gorsky
  Ross Hansen
  Ethan Post
  Alexandra Schwier

Schwier also received the Herman A. Moench Distinguished Senior Commendation for being a commendable influence on members of the campus community. She was chosen by faculty and professional staff members after designing a thought-controlled wheelchair undergraduate research project, helping renovate a medical clinic in the Dominican Republic with Rose-Hulman’s Engineers Without Borders student chapter, and serving as a volunteer for the Terre Haute Children’s Museum, TREES Inc., and the Exotic Feline Rescue Center.

The 4.0 student will soon travel with a campus group to Kenya for a Faculty Without Borders project. Schwier has also been the institute’s LabVIEW student ambassador, served as a grader for three academic departments, served on the Student Government Association Senate, and been vice president of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society and secretary for the Society of Hispanic Engineers. She also holds a Black Belt in karate.

          Alex Cochrane
  Alex Cochrane

Alex Cochrane, an applied biology graduate from Bloomfield, Indiana received the John T. Royse Award for being the class’ most outstanding graduate. This honor is based on academic achievement, student leadership, participation in co-curricular activities, and general campus citizenship.

“Alex has been a tremendous ambassador for Rose-Hulman…having the highest level of integrity, strong values, and passion for the Rose-Hulman community,” states Pete A. Gustafson, vice president for student affairs and dean of students. 

Cochrane served as an officer in the Alpha Chi Sigma professional chemical fraternity, Pre-Medicine Club, Alpha Lambda Delta academic society, and Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He also performed in every drama club production during his collegiate career, organized chemistry merit badge certification events for local Boy Scouts, assisted with several community service projects, and was a tutor in the campus learning center. He will join Schwier in spending a portion of the summer Kenya.

During past summer breaks, Cochrane worked on National Science Foundation-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates projects at Iowa State University and the University of Iowa. He maintained a 3.93 grade point average, and plans to continue his education by attending the Indiana University School of Medicine.

The Outstanding Graduate Thesis Award was presented to Cody M. Austin, who earned a master’s degree in biomedical engineering. The Fort Wayne native examined “The Effect of Loading Orientation on the Structural Properties of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament.” His faculty mentor was Glen A. Livesay, PhD, professor of applied biology and biomedical engineering.