Lee Waite
Professor, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Personal Data -
I am married to Dr. Gabi N. Waite and we both live in a  house in Terre Haute, Indiana with Patches the cat.  More precisely, Patches lives in the house and we are allowed to live there, as long as we continue to function as can-openers. 
I have two adult children from my first marriage.   My son Bill lives in Ames, Iowa and my daughter Sarah lives and works in Chicago.  I am very proud of them both.   

Hobbies -

Flying - I've been a private pilot since 1989. I have flown around 200hours in single-engine Cessnas and Pipers. The picture on the left is me flying a Cessna 172, Skyhawk. The picture on the right is an aerial view of the Rose-Hulman campus. Click on any photo on this page to see the larger version.

Skydiving - I hadn't done it much, for many years until August 1998, but in total now, I have made about 31 jumps and the latest jump was in summer 2012 with Gabi.   In the picture on the left, 16 year old Lee Waite makes his first jump! The next two photo's are from August 1998.  The two pictures below are from fall 2003. Here is the tandem jump and 45 second freefall from June 23, 2012.


Fitness - I enjoy jogging, swimming, and bicycling. I run and swim with my friends and colleagues.  I have run in the Indianapolis mini-marathon eight times and competed in the Terre Haute Triathlon several times.

Mountain climbing/hiking - once again with Jerry Fine. In 1995 we climbed Ixtacihuatl in Mexico. In July 1997 we climbed Kilimanjaro by the Machame route. I have climbed Mt. Fuji, Hakusan and Tateyama in Japan. Some serious mountain climbers would not call this mountain climbing at all but perhaps high altitude trekking. The picture at the left is a photo of Jerry Fine (right) and me on the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. In July 1998 I went to Colorado with Jerry and his family to climb 14'ers.  You can see us on Mt. Antero and Mt. Yale by clicking on this link.  In July of 1999 I climbed the highest mountain in Germany, the Zugspitze (2964 m) with some German friends.  Here are a couple of pictures from the Zugspitze.   If August of 2003 Jerry and I went to climb mountains in Ecuador.  The picture below, shows us very near the summit of Cayambe, just a few hundred yards from the equator. I climbed to the summit of Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in Colorado in summer 2010.

Reading - I enjoy reading in English or in German. A couple of my favorite books are Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas (which I've read in English and in German), and A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens. I enjoy reading Len Deighton spy novels and I also have enjoyed reading Hemingway. I've read Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer and Jakob der Lügner, by Jurek Becker, Bonifaz und der Rauber Knapp, by Josef Holub, The Climb, by Anatoli Boukreev, Der Hahn ist Tot, by Ingrid Noll and Meister Wilhelm's Lehrjahre, by Goethe (in English), Im Treu und Glauben, (German translation of Winter) by Len Deighton, several Patricia Cornwell novels and all of the Harry Potter books translated into German.  

Foreign languages - I can speak and read German. I have lived in Japan and studied Japanese for one year. I took about a year of Russian in college, almost all of which I have forgotten. The photo on the left is the largest construction site in the world - Berlin. I last visited there in June 2002.

Travel - I have lived in Germany and Japan and I have visited the following 30 + countries on 5 continents: Canada, Mexico, England, Ireland, Denmark, Germany (the former East and West), Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Hungary, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa,  Japan, Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Fiji, Ecuador, Greece, and Turkey. Oh yeah - I almost forgot the USA.  The first time I left North America was in 1985 and my first commercial airplane ride was in 1980.   The picture on the left is a kangaroo in Australia. The photo on the right is a village in Ghana.

During summer 2001, I took a trip around the world!!  You can check out my around-the-world travel journal here.

In summer 1999 I lived in Heidelberg, where I was working as a visiting scientist in a Heart Surgery Laboratory at the University of Heidelberg.  If you'd like to read my journal from summer 1999 just click here.  For July 2001, I was back in Heidelberg.  The description of my 2001 Heidelberg visit is also included in the around-the-world travel journal.

In 2008-09 Gabi and I took a sabbatical in Heidelberg where I was a senior Fulbright Scholar at the Experimental Heart Surgery Laboratory.

In November 1999 I visited the Atsina Charity Medical Clinic in Accra, Ghana.  The ACMC is a free medical clinic in Ghana.  My Iowa State classmate, George (Komli-Kofi) Atsina is the doctor at our clinic.  Colleagues, Jerry Fine, Christine Buckley and I make up the board of directors of this clinic.  You can read all about the ACMC at :

Here is a picture of the kids at the Village of Hope orphanage near Accra.  They are a few of George's patients!  

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E-MAIL: lee.waite@rose-hulman.edu
last updated: August 9, 2012