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Black History at Rose

Meet a few of the Black, African American and African descent alumni, staff, faculty and students who are part of the Rose‑Hulman community.
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Black History at Rose

Meet a few of the Black, African American and African descent alumni, staff, faculty and students who are part of the Rose-Hulman community.

Diversity Panel

Watch alumni Dr. James Stewart, the Honorable Robert Wilkins and Board of Trustees member Tonya Combs discuss their time as underrepresented students at Rose-Hulman and the positive impact of diversity and inclusion initiatives in the STEM fields.

Abbi Leul

Engineering Design major Abbi Leul talks about why Black History Month is important to her as a native from Ethiopia. She also shares the importance of education in her family and why, as a first-generation college student, she wants to set the tone for future generations.

Jeff Harrison

Electrical Engineering alumnus Jeff Harrison leads one of Indiana’s largest utilities and is a major contributor to the Indianapolis community. He is also a member of Rose-Hulman's Board of Trustees.

Rey Blaylock

Rey Blaylock is a program coordinator for Rose-Hulman's Center for Diversity and Inclusion, working closely with all students so they feel valued, respected and a sense of belonging. She talks about her role and the numerous opportunities available to students through the Center.

Deven Cobb

Biomedical engineering major Deven Cobb is a member of the Rose-Hulman chapter for the National Society of Black Engineers and player for the Fightin’ Engineers football team. Cobb shares why he wants to help aspire younger people to be engineers, and why he says listening to each other is important.  

Danny Tetteh-Richter

Danny Tetteh-Richter, a Senior Instructional Designer in the Office of Learning & Technology, talks about his hometown in Ghana and how he brings his culture to Rose-Hulman, and shares the multicultural campus activities he most enjoys.

Dexter Jordan

Dexter Jordan reflects on the special relationship he’s built with students and families in his 14 years as Associate Director of Admissions and Multicultural Recruitment at Rose-Hulman.

Linnell Williams

Linnell is an electronic warfare officer with the U.S. Space Force, helping innovate new processes and systems to help America stay ahead of the competition in the modern day “space race.”

Warren Mickens

Warren Mickens, a 1977 mechanical engineering alumnus and current Trustee, shares the impact being a Rose-Hulman graduate has had on his career leading technology and manufacturing companies throughout the world.

Chaikou Sow

Chaikou Sow is a sophomore mechanical engineering major, an officer with the campus chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers and a member of the football and track and field teams. He discusses difficult conversations that were had during Black Lives Matter protests, as well as the value in sitting down and learning from each other so everyone can grow.

Racial Diversity at Rose-Hulman

Rose-Hulman recognizes the importance of offering a safe and welcoming environment for everyone to remain a world leader in undergraduate STEM education.

Rashard Brown

Meet Rashard, a mechanical engineering major who is also a member of the Rose-Hulman football team and an officer with the campus chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. He talks about what drives him to be the best person he can be and how Rose-Hulman supports students from different cultures.

Craig Downing

Craig Downing, associate dean of lifelong learning and head of the Department of Engineering Management, has helped expand and refine Rose-Hulman's academic offerings to increase student business acumen. He received Rose-Hulman's Excellence in Service Award in 2013 and was named an honorary alumnus in 2015.

Paul Palmer Jr. II

Paul Palmer Jr. II graduated from Rose-Hulman in 1989 before turning his skills from engineering to marketing for Star Wars toys and other iconic brands. 

Yosi Shibberu

Professor of Mathematics Yosi Shibberu is an expert in dynamics and control theory and scientific computation, a former Endowed Faculty Chair, and recipient of several Rose-Hulman honors, including the Dean's Outstanding Teacher and the Martin Luther King Award.

Joe Matthews

A winner of Rose-Hulman's 2011 Alumni Career Achievement Award, Joe Matthews understands the importance of diversity and inclusion in building a strong team. He is currently VP of purchasing and the first diversity officer for Gentex Corporation.

Alexander Kamasah

Associate Professor of Chemistry Alexander Kamasah earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Cape-Coast in Ghana before earning his master's at East Tennessee State and his PhD. from the University of Missouri. His teaching interests include analytical chemistry and general chemistry, and his research interests include electrochemistry.

Darin Moody

Board of Trustees member and chemical engineering alumnus Darin Moody has spent his professional career with Eli Lilly and Company, now as senior vice president overseeing global corporate internal manufacturing operations. That role had him cited among the 2020 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America by Savoy magazine.

Winston Amankwah

Meet Winston a mechanical engineering major who is also an officer with the campus chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. He shares his thoughts on Black leaders who have been influential to him, as well as on the increase in students of color at Rose-Hulman and the positive impact it has on the campus culture.

Sarozjani Hunter

Meet Sarozjani, a mechanical engineering major who is the vice president of the campus chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. She shares her thoughts on the importance of viewing life through the perspective of others.

Carlotta Berry

Professor Carlotta Berry is a nationally known champion for greater diversity in STEM education and in the workforce.

Kenton Hipsher

Kenton Hipsher is a 2017 biology graduate living in the San Francisco area who is a biotechnology sales professional experienced in communicating science to technical and non-technical professionals. He founded the #BlackProfessionals Project in June 2020 to educate and inspire Black and Brown youths by highlighting professionals who share their career experiences and journeys through YouTube and social media interviews.

John Aidoo

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering John Aidoo is the Roland E. Hutchins Endowed Chair of Civil Engineering and a winner of the Dean’s Outstanding Teacher Award. Aidoo is also the new director of Rose-Hulman’s Operation Catapult summer program.

Chimele Uriri

Meet Chimele, a chemical engineering major at Rose-Hulman. She shares her experiences and insights from her time on the campus diversity council and as an officer with the campus chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.

Thomas Reives

After earning bachelor's and master's degrees at Rose-Hulman, Thomas Reives has been an engineering leader at Eli Lilly and Company. He urges current Rose students to remember the value of people in their learning experience: "It isn't all about being the most knowledgeable that determines your success."

Noblitt Scholars

By attracting the best students while enhancing campus diversity, the Noblitt Scholars program will help Rose-Hulman thrive in the 21st century.

Richard Onyancha

Associate Professor Richard Onyancha is head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. A Fulbright Faculty Scholar and native of Kenya, Onyancha uses his engineering skills to help others throughout the world and is passionate about bringing global educational experiences to Rose-Hulman students. 

Robert Wilkins

Judge Robert Wilkins, a 1986 chemical engineering alumnus, is a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Learn more about his work as a champion for honoring African American history, civil rights, and justice here:
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