Four Alumni Being Recognized for Career Achievements, Service to Others

Monday, September 07, 2015
James Baumgardt

James R. Baumgardt

Rose-Hulman will recognize four alumni during this year's Homecoming, September 18-20, for their career achievements, service to the country, and loyalty to the Institute. Receiving the Rose-Hulman Alumni Association's Honor Alumni Award during this year's Alumni Awards Breakfast will be:

James R. Baumgardt, a 1970 chemical engineering alumnus, is chairman of the Indianapolis-based NICO Board of Directors and board member of NeoChord, Inc. This has come after a successful career as chairman of the Guidant Foundation, one of the founding officers of Guidant Corporation, president of Guidant's North American sales division, and serving as an executive at Eli Lilly and Company. He was also a founding partner of Twilight Partners, a venture capital firm.

Baumgardt has served as a Rose-Hulman emeriti trustee, being chairman of the committee overseeing Rose-Hulman Ventures (RHV), and supports RHV's annual James R. Baumgardt Distinguished Speakers Series. He was awarded an honorary degree from Rose-Hulman for his service and loyalty to the Institute. He lives with his wife, Sharon, in Vero Beach, Florida, and Zionsville, Indiana.


Wesley J. Bolsen

Wesley J. Bolsen, a 2000 electrical engineering graduate, leads global business development and public affairs for Cool Planet, a Google-backed renewable gasoline and agricultural company, headquartered in Denver. Previously, he was founder and chief marketing officer for Coskata; the chief financial officer for ICM, the country's leading corn ethanol design firm; and chief marketing officer for Codexis, a public company. In 2011, Bolsen was named the top chief marketing officer in the United States, and one of the 10 most influential people in bioenergy globally.

Bolsen's involvement with Rose-Hulman includes returning to campus to pass along advice to students studying entrepreneurship, investing time in the football program, supporting the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, and mentoring current and past students. He is committed to faith-based programs in his community and internationally. He and his wife, Rebecca, live in the Denver area.


Eugene J. LeBoeuf

Eugene J. LeBoeuf, a 1985 civil engineering alumnus, is a professor and associate chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He teaches and conducts research in environmental and water resources engineering, has contributed to more than 50 technical publications, and has four U.S. patents.

LeBoeuf was also recently promoted to brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve, currently serving as the deputy commanding general of operations for the 416th Theater Engineer Command in Darien, Illinois. This continues military service started as a cadet in Rose-Hulman's Army ROTC battalion, and he later earned a master's degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. He and his wife, Teresa, reside in Franklin, Tennessee.


Warren L. Mickens

Warren L. Mickens, a 1977 mechanical engineering alumnus, has over 30 years of industry experience leading technology and manufacturing companies throughout the world. As vice president of operations for CenturyLink Business Service since 2008, he directs a team that provides a broad range of support and service functions critical to their daily operations, including sales support, service delivery, process management, project management, information technology, credit, and collections.

Previously, Mickens was vice president of services at Alcatel-Lucent (Lisle, Illinois), and general program manager for Alcatel (Wellington, New Zealand). He also was vice president of network planning and engineering for AT&T/Ameritech, vice president of strategy and interconnection with SBC Telecom, and vice president of operations for Ameritech Information Industry Services, and held executive positions with Cummins Engine Company and FMC. Mickens is a Rose-Hulman emeriti trustee and has been awarded an honorary degree from the Institute. He and his wife, Joyce, reside in Lone Tree, Colorado.