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Women's History at Rose

Meet a few of the women alumnae, staff, faculty and students who are part of the Rose‑Hulman community.
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Women's History at Rose

Meet a few of the women alumnae, staff, faculty and students who are part of the Rose‑Hulman community.

Pat Carlson

Pat Carlson was the first woman faculty member to earn full professor ranking and the Trustees Outstanding Scholar Award. She also founded the PRISM program, which has become a resource for secondary STEM teachers.

Courtney Valmore

Second-year chemical engineering major Courtney Valmore likes to stay active on campus. She is student body president, a Class of 2024 Noblitt Scholar and a member/leader in several campus organizations.

Caroline Carvill

Caroline Carvill is amid her 33rd year at Rose-Hulman as a professor of American literature. During that tenure she has been the first woman professor to receive the Dean's Outstanding Teacher Award (1994), serve as associate dean of faculty, and earn the Alumni Association’s Honorary Alumni Award (2003).

Tanya Colonna

Alumna Tanya Colonna, a 2013 Rose-Hulman alumna, is chief executive officer of Oro Muscles, a Netherlands-based entrepreneurial startup that’s breaking boundaries by connecting muscle activity data to physical action.

Andrea Wynn

Andrea Wynn is a double major in computer science and math, with a double minor in data science and psychology. She has a goal in all the work she does: to understand how things work, how to improve them and how to apply that knowledge to make the world a better place.

SWE Video Series

The pandemic hasn’t kept Rose-Hulman’s Society of Women Engineers student chapter members from reaching out through other creative ways to introduce girls to STEM fields, especially those with academic programs on campus. The students’ YouTube video series have been a big hit, maybe even Oscar worthy!

Gabbie Gilbertson

Gabbie Gilbertson, a 2020 mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering alumna, is a ride performance engineer within the Williams Formula 1 race team’s vehicle dynamics group in Oxford, England, where she helps high-tech cars compete in the most competitive level of international open-wheel racing.

Clara Place

Clara Place hails from Bishop, California. A member of the Association for Women in Mathematics, Place always had an appreciation for math, and credits her junior year calculus professor as an inspiration for wanting to study the subject in college. 

Kristen Loyd and Kristen Merchant

As the respective roles as director and associate director for the Union and Student Activities Office, Kristen Loyd and Kristen Merchant talk about the supportive environment they have as women leaders at Rose-Hulman, and their roles in empowering women students at Rose.

Anne Trobaugh

The 2003 mechanical engineer alumna, Anne Trobaugh has formed My Best Friend at Work, an online tool to serve as an advisor, coach, cheerleader, and unwavering advocate to help women become more self-confident, address challenging work situations, and advance to their potential in STEM.

Elenaor Brooks

Elenaor Brooks, a first-year student majoring in computer engineering, has only been a student at Rose-Hulman for less than a year. But already, she’s found a place where she feels changed for the better.

Luanne Tilstra

Professor of Chemistry Luanne Tilstra is an expert in physical and polymer chemistry. She helped establish and was the inaugural director of what's now known as the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Rose-Hulman and is currently active in establishing support systems for women faculty and students in STEM.    

Erinn Reilly

Alumna Erinn Reilly has applied educational experiences as a biomedical engineering student and Rose-Hulman Ventures intern to become a leader bringing innovative medical technology to improve the treatment of heart failure and related diseases.

Noor Abufares

Noor Abufares is Biomedical engineering major who embraces community service and performing in the symphony orchestra.

Christine Buckley

Dr. Christine Buckley has worked to bring STEM education to K-12 students while teaching biomedical and mechanical engineering at Rose-Hulman for more than 20 years. She was recently named Faculty Director of the new Noblitt Scholars program.

Rebecca DeVasher

Professor of Chemistry Rebecca DeVasher leads an active research program in green chemistry. The winner of the 2020 Dean's Outstanding Teacher Award, DeVasher has been a faculty mentor in the Operation Catapult program and is the faculty adviser for the Unity student organization.

Kay C Dee

As associate dean of learning and technology, Kay C Dee helped colleagues successfully transition to online learning during the past year. An award-winning professor with expertise in cell and tissue engineering, she is also a champion for women in STEM.

Michelle Marincel Payne

Michelle Marincel Payne's students have gotten knee-deep in Lost Creek exploring ways to deliver water to less developed regions of the world. The associate professor of civil and environmental engineering is currently helping students investigate the ability of constructed treatment wetlands to remove stormwater pollutants.

Amy Helliwell

A star athlete growing up, women's soccer coach Amy Helliwell envisioned herself as a math teacher. Now 12 years into her coaching career, Helliwell enjoys helping her athletes improve in soccer and in life.

Linda Price

Director of Business Operations since 2015, Linda Price has been a key part of the business office team and the Rose-Hulman community since 2000.

Mary-Helen and Manuella Shomba

Mary-Helen and Manuella Shomba have always been driven to succeed. They grew up in an environment of support and want to be role models for future generations. Watch as they discuss why it's important to break societal norms and show that anything is possible.

Patsy Brackin

Patsy Brackin is director of Rose-Hulman's engineering design program and a professor of mechanical engineering. Named an ABET Fellow in 2020, Brackin helped develop the Home for Environmentally Responsible Engineering (HERE) program, a living-learning experience for students interested in sustainability and humanitarian engineering.

25 Years of Being Co-Ed

Over the past 25 years, Rose-Hulman women have excelled – taking campus leadership roles, earning top academic and athletic awards, and blazing new trails as alumni.

Erin O'Connor

Biomedical engineering alumna Erin O’Connor is a major in the Air Force, directing physical therapy clinic operations supporting the 22 Special Tactics Squadron in Washington. That’s why she earned the 2020 Jess Lucas Alumni Leadership Award, which honors former RHIT residence life staff members for career achievements.

Kathy Hammett

As Senior Director of the Center for Global Engagement, Kathy Hammett leads Rose-Hulman's international education efforts. She loves welcoming international students to Rose and helping domestic students study abroad.

Kathy Kassissieh

As Associate Director of Career Services and Employer Relations, Kathy Kassissieh leads the Student Success Team, which coaches students both individually and in group presentations on career-related topics.

Kim Henthorn

Kimberly Henthorn identifies with the chemical engineering students in her classes since she was once one of them as member of Rose-Hulman’s first coed incoming class, graduating in 1999. The department head specializes in particle technology and is conducting research with students on the science and engineering of chocolate production.

Megan Heyman

Associate Head of Mathematics and Assistant Professor Megan Heyman is a statistician focused on creating statistical models to describe climate change and environmental phenomena. The Rose-Hulman alumna has worked with NASA and has served as co-director of Rose-Hulman's IP/ROP independent undergraduate research program.

Bernadette Ewen

The Logan Library continues to be a valuable resource to the Rose-Hulman community under senior director Bernadette Ewen. She also has been active in several community activities within her hometown.

Diane Evans

Professor Diane Evans has been named one of the country’s best 300 professors, nominated for U.S. Professor of the Year and named a Microsoft 365 Hero in Education. She specializes in probability and statistics, statistical process control, and Six Sigma, in which she is a certified black belt.

Lisa Norton

Dean of Students Lisa Norton joined the Rose-Hulman Office of Admissions in 1998. She has helped thousands of students enter the institute and enjoys watching their progress as students and later as alumni.

Erin Gawron-Hyla

Chemistry and mathematics alumna Erin Gawron-Hyla is co-founder of SenSyn Inc., a startup by three women scientists applying ground-breaking technology to a variety of applications. Also, after completing a Ph.D., she is a chemist at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory.

Katlynn Bussett

Katlynn Bussett is a biomedical engineering student and president of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. She shares her thoughts on the importance of recognizing the progress in women’s rights and the work still to be done, as well as how she is supported by her fellow students and the faculty at Rose-Hulman.

Ella Ingram

Ella Ingram supports faculty development as associate dean for professional development and director of the institute’s Center for the Practice and Scholarship of Education. As a biology professor, she has advised award-winning student project teams and collaborated with undergraduate researchers.

Madison Wendelin

Chemical engineering major Madison Wendelin is a three-year member of the varsity volleyball team and an officer of the Lilly Scholars Network, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and Chi Omega sorority. In her #WomensHistoryMonth spotlight, she provides a first-person account of her internship experience with AstraZeneca, a producer of one of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Taylor Lueking

Taylor Lueking is president of the Society of Women Engineers and a mechanical engineering major. A licensed pilot, Lueking talks about the support network the campus SWE chapter provides for Rose-Hulman students, and overcoming challenges as a woman breaking barriers.

Kelly Noel

Kelly Noel is a busy electrical engineering alumna. She’s a wife, mother of a hockey-playing daughter, an award-winning young professional with experience in the health care industry and she’s giving back to RHIT as president of the Alumni Association’s Advisory Board.

Rebecca Bercich

Rebecca Bercich is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering whose areas of expertise and research are in assistive medical devices, mechatronic systems, and plastic recycling technology for closed-loop economies. Bercich has earned teaching awards throughout her graduate studies and served as a guest speaker at Women in Engineering programs that encouraged high school students to explore STEM careers.

Tonya Combs

A 2001 chemical engineering alumna, Tonya Combs is vice president and deputy general patent counsel with Eli Lilly and Company. Previously, she was senior director and general patent counsel for the company’s biomedicines business unit, and team leader and general counsel for the oncology business unit. Combs recently started a term on the Rose-Hulman Board of Trustees.

Lori Olson

Mechanical engineering professor Lori Olson is studying how inverse electrocardiography can help with the early detection of breast cancer. A winner of the Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar Award, she is a strong proponent for student undergraduate research experiences and co-founded the institute’s Independent Projects and Research Opportunities program. 
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