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Phillip Cornwell Named Vice President of Academic Affairs

Phillip Cornwell Named Vice President of Academic Affairs

Phillip J. Cornwell, one of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's most decorated professors, has been named Vice President of Academic Affairs. He has been a member of the mechanical engineering faculty since 1989.

Phillip Cornwell

Phillip J. Cornwell

In his administrative role, Cornwell will assist President Matt Branam in setting academic strategic objectives that will keep the college at the forefront of undergraduate engineering, science and mathematics education.

"Phil has earned our confidence as an individual who has proven himself by excelling in the classroom, in his profession and as a campus leader. Although we will be losing one of our greatest professors, we will be significantly stronger as his influence becomes magnified across campus and across the world as our academic leader," stated Branam in making the announcement. "I am sure that his intelligence, work ethic and passion for our mission will become instrumental as we develop a better understanding of Rose-Hulman's place in the dynamically changing environment of higher education."

Cornwell is one of a select group of Rose-Hulman professors to have earned the Dean's Outstanding Teacher Award (2000) and Board of Trustees' Outstanding Scholar Award (2001). He has had the best paper and presentation in the mechanics division at five American Society of Engineering Education annual conferences. He also is a former recipient of the Society of Automotive Engineers' Ralph R. Teetor Education Award as an outstanding young engineering educator and he received the Rose-Hulman Triangle Fraternity's Teacher of the Year Award.

A Princeton University educated scholar, Cornwell has been co-author of a best-selling textbook on dynamics, and has spent several summers as a visiting faculty member and collaborator at the U.S. Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). At LANL he has worked in the area of structural health monitoring and has been a mentor for the Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School.

"I know I will miss teaching, but I look forward to serving the Rose-Hulman community in this new capacity," stated Cornwell in accepting the appointment. "I believe we have great faculty, staff, students and alumni, and I will strive to preserve and enhance the qualities that make Rose-Hulman special. Our mission -- to provide the world's best undergraduate engineering, science and math education in an environment of individual attention and concern for the student is unique and must remain our rallying cry as we move forward."

Cornwell believes Rose-Hulman cannot rest on its laurels, but must continually strive to improve the curriculum and how it educates and prepare students to be successful in the future.

"The primary measure of Rose-Hulman's success should always be the success of its students," said Cornwell, adding that he believes that the college needs to have a broader impact on undergraduate engineering, science and math education. He also asserted that Rose-Hulman's best days are in the future.

Cornwell earned his doctorate and master's degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University, after graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Texas Tech University. The Los Alamos, N.M., native and his wife, Rachel, have two sons. The family lives in Terre Haute, Ind.