Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
electrical engineering graduate Joe Matthews now leads the
Purchasing organization for both direct and indirect material
procurement for Gentex Corp., Zeeland, Mich. Gentex is the world's
leader in auto dimming technology for the automotive and aerospace
industries. In 2011, Gentex crossed the $1B revenue threshold for
the first time in the company's 38 year history.
Before working at Gentex, Matthews worked for Management
Engineers, a German-based management consulting firm, and held
several sourcing leadership positions at Whirlpool Corp. in the St.
Joseph-Benton Harbor, Mich. Area. Prior to those roles, he worked
in supply management and manufacturing engineering for Delphi in
their Electronics and Safety sector located in Kokomo, Ind.
In addition to a B.S. of Electrical Engineering from
Rose-Hulman, Matthews has a MBA and master's in engineering for
operations research and industrial engineering from Cornell
A Gary, Ind., native, Matthews graduated as valedictorian from
West Side High School. He and his wife, Vanessa, live in St.
Joseph, Mich., with their three children.
Darin Moody, 1987 Magna Cum Laude
graduate from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, is vice
president, corporate engineering and continuous improvement for Eli
Lilly and Co. In this role, he is responsible for global
engineering and maintenance activity, as well as the Six Sigma
initiative within Manufacturing and Quality.
Moody earned a B.S. in chemical engineering and joined Lily
after graduation as a process design and later a project engineer
in Facilities Delivery Engineering, where he worked on the design
and construction of bulk manufacturing facilities. During his
tenure with Lily, he has served in numerous assignments, including
serving as a manager in the United Kingdom. He returned to
Indianapolis in 2001 and has assumed several management positions.
He began his current position in September 2007.
Moody serves on the Rose-Hulman Board of Trustees and is a
member of the International Leadership Forum of the International
Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers. He also has served on boards
of directors for: The Charles T Hyte Community Center in
Terre Haute, Ind.; The Partnership for Learning in Liverpool,
United Kingdom; and The Eli Lilly Federal Credit Union in
Heidi Park's path to realizing a dream
of becoming a high school teacher took a road less traveled. She's
pursuing a teaching degree as a Knowles Science Teaching Fellow,
and may soon become a science teacher in the Chicago Public
Schools. This came after she earned a bachelor's degree chemical
engineering in 2005 from Rose-Hulman and a master's degree from
The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) has invested
$175,000 over five years to encourage Park and 33 others in this
complex and challenging profession. She is currently a student
teacher in the Chicago Public Schools and plans to earn her
teaching credentials next spring from the University of
Park joins graduates of Harvard and Stanford who have left
fledgling careers on Wall Street and academic research to make an
impact in America's classrooms. Knowles Science Teaching Fellows
ensure that high-caliber beginning teachers remain in the
A part of that process is learning how to teach the material she
knows. "If I just took my degrees in chemical engineering into the
classroom, I don't believe I would be able to teach the students,"
she says. "I need to learn about how students learn. Today, there
is more of a shift to help students and guide them to find the
answers and develop positions. They learn because they do, not from