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.

Mercedes Clay

With nearly two decades of experience in higher education, Mercedes Clay is helping to build relationships and share insights as Rose-Hulman’s Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts.

Conrad Tucker

Alumnus Conrad Tucker, PhD, is making a global impact as the new director of Carnegie Mellon University Africa’s campus. He reconnected with former academic adviser Rick Stamper, PhD, as RHIT and CMU Africa explore global educational opportunities.

Yvette Tyler

The Europa Clipper is just one project that Yvette Tyler, a 2002 electrical engineering graduate, has contributed to as a staff engineer with the Space Systems Division of Southwest Research Institute (SwRI).

Greg Hawkins

Mechanical engineering alumnus Greg Hawkins has taken skills as a Rose-Hulman student leader to become manager of diversity supplier development initiatives for Stellantis, one of the world’s leading automakers.

Ruth Hammond

Mechanical engineering student Ruth Hammond has made the most of her Rose-Hulman experience, studying abroad, having several internships, helping improve diversity in STEM, and contributing to innovative classroom projects.

Jailen Hobbs

A junior pursuing his passion in computer engineering, Jailen Hobbs is excelling in the classroom and in athletics as a standout football player and sprinter.

Addison White

Senior mechanical engineering major Addison White has held many leadership positions at Rose-Hulman. Watch as he shares how these opportunities helped prepare him for the future.

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.

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.

LisAnne Francois

LisAnne Francois never imagined graduating in four years with a master’s degree in engineering management along with her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. But that's just what she's doing in Rose Squared, a concurrent degree program that allows students to take graduate-level coursework while working toward an undergraduate degree.

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. 

Ayanna Tweedy

A former all-conference collegiate athlete, Ayanna Tweedy has helped lead athletic departments across the U.S. and is involved in several campus, conference and national committees on a variety of administrative and student-athlete issues.

Aniyah Richardson

Aniyah Richardson Finds Her Calling as an Optical Engineering Student 

Carlotta Berry

Professor Carlotta Berry, who was recently named an American Society of Engineering Education Fellow, is a nationally known champion for greater diversity in STEM education and in the workforce.

Thomas Reives

Mechanical engineering and engineering management alumnus Thomas Reives and his wife Shecara Squires Reives have turned their experience of losing a newborn into a story of motivation and resilience

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.

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. 

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.

Sarozjani Hunter

Meet Sarozjani, a 2021 mechanical engineering graduate who was 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Noblitt Scholars

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

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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