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Faculty, Staff Members Recognized for Outstanding Teaching, Scholarship & Service

May 31, 2014

Outstanding faculty educators and researchers, along with a caring staff, have created Rose-Hulman’s reputation as the nation’s top-ranked undergraduate engineering institute. That’s why the institute annually recognizes faculty and staff members for their excellence, and commitment to service to their professionals and the campus community.

These honors feature the following awards:

Dean’s Outstanding Teacher Award 

Hudson , Tina 2011

Dean of Faculty Richard Stamper, PhD, called attention to a recent study of 30,000 adults about the types of college experiences that led to their successful workplace engagement and overall well-being. The odds more than doubled, according to Stamper, when the adult recalled having a professor who cared about them as a person, made them excited about learning, and encouraged them to pursue their dreams.

Tina Hudson, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, is one such professor at Rose-Hulman, and the reason she received this year’s Dean’s Outstanding Teacher Award.

Since joining the Rose-Hulman faculty in 1999 after finishing her doctorate at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Hudson has actively built relationships with Teradyne, Micron, and Texas Instruments, where she has worked as a visiting engineer. The relationships with these firms have led to internships for Rose-Hulman students, equipment for the institute’s laboratories, great classroom examples, and funding for educational activities within her academic department.

However, Stamper stated that Hudson was recognized for her ability to excite students about the material that she teaches, and the time that she is willing to spend with them to de-mystify topics like electronic device modeling and testing.

A student recently commented, “I had Dr. Hudson for a class where I was afraid and worried about how well I would do. She invested time in me and built up my intuition on the subject. She showed me that the subject wasn’t so bad after all. Most of all, she showed me how amazing a subject it could be. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be taking the path I am now on, and I would still be afraid of something that now excites me.”

Trustees’ Outstanding Scholar Award 

Rogge , Renee 2012

The Board of Trustees established the Outstanding Scholar Award to recognize each year a faculty member who represents the highest standards of academic scholarship and who serves the community as a role model for professional development.

Renee Rogge, the Samuel F. Hulbert Endowed Chair in Biomedical Engineering, has been engaged in a career of scholarship and life-long learning, according to Donald M. Ings, chair of Rose-Hulman’s Board of Trustees.

“Dr. Rogge epitomizes the teacher-scholar model at Rose-Hulman. Her professional development activities have focused on two areas: engineering education, in particular the teaching of design, and technical research,” Ings says.

Working with several colleagues, Rogge developed, implemented, and assessed the design experience for the biomedical engineering program. Based on this work, she has co-authored seven publications, including several that received best paper awards.

Rogge was co-principle investigator on a National Science Foundation grant that supported senior design projects focused on designing and implementing assistive technologies for people with disabilities. She is considered an expert at experimental testing, computational modeling of bones and orthopedic implants, and sports and impact mechanics. 

Rogge’s expertise has been utilized as the technical director of Rose-Hulman’s Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory and has an active collaboration with the Joint Replacement Surgeons of Indiana.

Ings pointed out that Rogge is passionate about incorporating undergraduate students in her research activities. At the conclusion of last summer, she had worked with 45 undergraduate students. She has co-authored 10 peer reviewed publications—three with undergraduate co-authors—and 45 conference presentations and posters—15 with undergraduate co-authors. She has had three master’s degree students graduate and is currently advising two additional students.

Rogge earned her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Tulane University, and her doctorate in biomedical engineering from the University of Iowa. Immediately after graduating, she joined the faculty at Mercer University, and joined the Rose-Hulman faculty in 2004.

President’s Outstanding Service Award

Pink , Jan 2011

Each year, the President’s Outstanding Service Award is presented to a staff member who is honored for making extraordinary contributions to our institution.

“We are fortunate to have a staff that is exceptionally hardworking, dedicated, and concerned about the well-being of our students,” says President Jim Conwell.

Jan Pink, the institute’s registrar since 2012, has been a member of the Office of Registrar since 1997. She provides quality service to students, faculty, and staff colleagues. 

“Jan is beloved by the department heads and faculty for the wonderful job she does creating course schedules, and accommodating the many changes that are required to meet the needs and wishes of our students—all while staying within the constraints imposed by our classroom facilities,” says Conwell.

Pink leads a registrar’s office that is a key part of the Rose-Hulman’s academic affairs team, helping the institute to provide new and better ways to service students.