Four Alumni Receiving the Distinguished Young Alumni Award during Homecoming

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Michael Haughney, a 2007 mechanical engineering alumnus, is the configurations manager for Caterpillar Inc.'s D6T track type tractor. In this role, he is responsible for interfacing with all of the system teams during a new product introduction program, and also visits with customers, follows prototype machines in the field, and works with manufacturing and supply chain teams to improve designs to leverage efficiencies. He has earned several professional certifications.

Haughney has returned to Rose-Hulman to be a guest lecturer in design-for-manufacturing classes, has been a corporate sponsor for four senior-year design project teams, and has led Caterpillar's efforts to hire more Rose-Hulman alumni.

Michael Haughney

Michael Haughney

Charlie Key, a 2007 computer engineering graduate, is the senior director of business operations for Progress Software's Modulus business unit, an enterprise that provides a platform for operating, managing, and scaling web applications. He was the company's chief executive officer until its acquisition in early 2014, and now oversees the unit's profit-and-loss statement and budget, and helps decide the unit's vision and product direction.

Previously, Key co-founded Switch On The Code, which provided online articles to teach programming and software. He is involved with several entrepreneurship organizations, helping mentor others in the high-tech field, and has been a featured speaker at the past two Rose Startup seminars, organized by the Rose Innovative Student Entrepreneurs organization.


Charlie Key

Steven Schmitz, a 2007 mechanical engineering alumnus, is the manager of avionics mechanical integration for SpaceX, supervising the design, analysis, and integration of secondary structure supporting avionics across SpaceX's vehicles. He also trains and manages a team of 10 engineers on structural design techniques, structural analysis, and vehicle designs.

Schmitz is also responsible for managing the team's technical growth and recruiting new talent. This is his third major positon within SpaceX, previously serving as a mechanical engineer in secondary structure development for the Falcon 9 flight vehicle, the first new EELV-class launch vehicle in America in over a decade. He is passionate about SpaceX's mission, and has worked to get the entrepreneurial company to hire other Rose-Hulman alumni to help make affordable space flight a reality.

Steven Schmitz

Derek Trobaugh, a 2006 applied biology major, is a postdoctoral associate at the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Vaccine Research. He works primarily in the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory, and his research focuses on how mosquito-borne viruses interact with the immune system. He hopes to develop groundbreaking vaccines for viruses.

Trobaugh has co-authored seven peer-reviewed publications in high-impact scientific and medical journals, including being the lead author in a study published in Nature in 2014. He also has received two National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral training grants, and in 2013 was awarded the Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He continues to be involved with Rose-Hulman through alumni and new-student recruitment activities.


Derek Trobaugh