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What you don't get when you take online professional development and continuing education courses is the opportunity for dynamic interaction with our faculty -- educators nationally recognized for teaching excellence.  You also miss out on the opportunity to network and dialogue with fellow students, your colleagues in the field.  Rose-Hulman structures its courses to encourage and facilitate these rich interactions.

Learn directly from excellent Rose-Hulman faculty members like these:

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Dr. Craig G. Downing

Dr. Craig G. Downing received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a B.S. in Mathematics from Southeast Missouri State University. He received his M.S. in Manufacturing Systems and his doctorate in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Dr. Downing is the Interim Department Head for Engineering Management and an Associate Professor of Engineering Management with responsibility for Continuing & Professional Studies.

Dr. Downing has as over 12 years of experience teaching Manufacturing, Management, and Mathematics at the post-secondary level. Additionally, he has amassed 10 years of industrial experience, four years as a Process Engineer and six years as a private consultant for organizations including Lockheed Martin/NASA, Parker Hannifin, and Crain Enterprises. His interests are rooted in Industrial-Academic relationships, Quality Management System Development, and Production/Operations Management.  Dr. Downing is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Tom Mason

Tom Mason, Ph.D.

Tom Mason is Professor Emeritus of Economics and Engineering Management at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology where he has been teaching since 1972.  He was founding Head of the Engineering Management Department and its M.S. degree program and founding Vice President for Entrepreneurship & Business Planning of Rose-Hulman Ventures. Tom also served Rose-Hulman as Head of Humanities and Social Sciences, Vice-President for Administration and Finance, Head of Engineering Management, and Interim Vice President for Development. While on a three-year leave from Rose-Hulman, Tom served as CFO and CEO of a 140-person network management systems business. In 2007-08, he used his sabbatical to study entrepreneurship in Indiana and assist start-ups as Educator/Entrepreneur in Residence at Indiana Venture Center. He has been advisor/director for several high tech firms and has been involved in national efforts to integrate entrepreneurship and engineering education. Since his retirement from full time teaching, Tom has co-authored an updated edition of Forecasting and Management of Technology, teaches part-time, continues his research and writing on innovation and entrepreneurship and works in an advisory capacity with several emerging firms.

David Stienstra

Dr. David Stienstra, Ph.D.

Dr. David Stienstra received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. He then attended the University of Iowa for his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M, where he worked on Stochastic Modeling of Fracture in the Ductile to Brittle Transition Region. Dr. Stienstra is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and teaches courses in Materials, Manufacturing, Design, and Solid Mechanics. His professional development has focused on fracture and failure analysis.

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Dr. Hossein Hariri

Dr. Hariri received his B.S. in Gas Engineering from Abadan Institute of Technology in Iran, M.S. in Gas Engineering from IIT in Chicago and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Manchester in England.  He worked as a gas engineer at the National Iranian Gas Company after receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree.  After receiving his Ph.D., he worked in the petroleum industry and in Research & Development in the energy industry for 11 years.  His experience includes the National Iranian Oil Company as project leader for enhanced oil recovery; the Institute of Gas Technology in Chicago in engineering research; Amoco Chemical Company, Naperville, IL as a consultant; and with Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, IN, as a consultant.  He was assistant professor at IIT in Chicago before joining the Department of Chemical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he is a Professor.  Dr. Hariri served as the head of the Department of Chemical Engineering for 11 years and served as a Director of the Fuels and Petrochemical Division of AIChE for 3 years.

Luann Tilstra

Dr. Luann Tilstra, Ph.D.

Dr. Luanne Tilstra received her B.A. degree in Chemistry from Central College, Pella, Iowa. She then attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where she earned a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry by completing an analysis of conformational transitions of polypeptides. This was followed by a postdoctoral position in which time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy was used to study properties of proteins. In 1989 she became a Research Scientist at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (Gaithersburg, MD) where she worked with biodegradable polymers. She joined the faculty at Rose-Hulman in 1992. Dr. Tilstra is a Professor of Chemistry and teaches courses in Physical Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, and Chemical Communication Skills. Her current research focuses on analyzing the kinetics of supramolecular self-assembly, specifically the auto-association of insulin in solution using fluorescence and light scattering methods in conjunction with capillary electrophoresis.

Katie Toohey

Dr. Katie Toohey, Ph.D.

Dr. Kathleen S. Toohey received her B.S. and M.S degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She then attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for her Ph.D. degree in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, where she worked on self-healing materials research. Dr. Toohey is an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering and teaches courses in mechanics, materials, and experimental measurement topics. Her research areas have focus on mechanical behavior of materials, especially polymers, including self-healing polymers, polymers for orthopedic implants, and hydrogels.


Dr. Ataris Serbezov, Ph.D.

Dr. Atanas Serbezov is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN.  He holds BS (1991) and MS (1991) degrees in Process Control from the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy, Sofia, Bulgaria and MS (1995) and PhD (1997) degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester.

Dr. Serbezov started his professional career in 1991 as a process control engineer at Honeywell, Bulgaria, where he worked for two years prior to enrolling in graduate school.  Upon earning his doctorate degree, Dr. Serbezov joined the adsorption Research & Development group of Praxair.  In 1998 he left Praxair to join the faculty at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.  While in academia, Dr. Serbezov has had extensive engagements with industry, working as a consultant for Praxair, Eli Lilly and General Electric.  His expertise is in the areas of process instrumentation, control, modeling and simulation.

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Dr. Mark Inlow

Dr. Mark Inlow received his B.A. in Mathematics from DePauw University.  He subsequently earned his M.S. in Statistics from San Diego State University and his Ph.D. in Statistics from Texas A&M University.  Upon earning his Ph.D. in 2001 he was awarded a VIGRE fellowship at the University of Arizona where he did genetics research and taught statistics.  Upon completing his fellowship in 2003 he joined the faculty at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.  Dr. Inlow is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and teaches upper-level theoretical and applied statistics courses.  He is also Adjunct Associate Professor with the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences in the IU School of Medicine.

Dr. Inlow has over 24 years of experience using and teaching Statistics.  He has worked for five corporations including DuPont, SAIC, and Sony and five research agencies including the Salk Institute and, currently, the IU School of Medicine.  He has taught statistics courses at four universities.  His current research interests are industrial statistics (new methods for analyzing unreplicated screening factorial experiments and new individual value control charts) and biostatistics (new methods for analyzing imaging genomic data, new methods for controlling the false discovery rate, and Alzheimer's research).  Recent publications include "A Moment Generating Function Proof of the Lindeberg-Levy Central Limit Theorem," The American Statistician, 2010, and "On Normal Convergence Criteria for Sums of Row-wise Independent Random Variables," Journal of Statistical Research, 2010.

Kim Henthorn

Dr. Kim Henthorn, Ph.D.

Dr. Kimberly Henthorn received her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.  She then attended Purdue University where she earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering by studying the effect of particle characteristics on particle entrainment and transport.  In 2004, she joined the Chemical and Biological Engineering department at Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly the University of Missouri-Rolla) in Rolla, MO, where she was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010.  She joined the faculty at Rose-Hulman in 2010.

Dr. Henthorn is currently an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and teaches courses in Material and Energy Balances and Mass Transfer.  Her current research focuses on solids filtration and mixing, as well as two-phase microfluidic flows.  She has industrial experience with the Dow Chemical Company and Pfizer, Inc., and has served as a consultant for Mo-Sci Corporation, Brewer Science, Inc., Loeb & Loeb, and DuPont.

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Dr. Sharon G. Sauer

Dr. Sharon G. Sauer received her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.  She then worked for Shell Oil Company, Houston, Texas as a computer programmer for chemical process applications.  After three years, she returned to academics to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Rice University, Houston, Texas.  Her focus was on parameter development for and enhancing the SAFT equation of state to accurately model polar fluids.  A secondary focus was on acquiring knowledge and skills with which to become an effective educator.  Upon completion of the Ph.D. in January, 2002, Dr. Sauer joined the faculty at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.  She teaches courses in Classical Thermodynamics, Multi-Component Thermodynamics, Advanced Thermodynamics, Unit Operations Laboratory and Lecture, and Energy and the Environment.  Her interests are in the theoretical and experimental determination of thermodynamic properties and equation of state parameters, enhancing energy technologies, and improving the student learning experience.  During her sabbatical, Dr. Sauer consulted for Conoco Phillips at a coal gasification plant in West Terre Haute, Indiana. She is an active member of AIChE and the American Society for Engineering Educators, where she currently serves as chair of the Illinois/Indiana section.

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Dr. Jessica Livingston

Dr. Jessica Livingston completed her B.A. in English at the University of Georgia, her M.A. in English at the University of Kentucky, and her Ph.D. at the University of Florida. Her doctoral research analyzed fictional and non-fictional narratives about work in the context of the global economy. Dr. Livingston is an Assistant Professor at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology where she teaches technical and professional communication, film, and literature. Her research focuses on engineering communication, sustainability, and representations of work in the global economy.