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Featured Items from the April Rose Exchange Meetings:

May 5, 2014

Valeo Group

Innovation Challenge Finalists: The mechanical engineering student team chosen to be one of 20 global finalists for the Valeo Innovation Challenge include Hannah Bailey and (back row, from left) Wade Stallings, Aaron Jones, and David Johnston.

President Conwell represented Rose-Hulman at the following events:

-Being the featured speaker at the Indianapolis Rotary Club, the nation’s largest service club. He highlighted latest campus developments and future educational initiatives.

-Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, a group of industry and higher education leaders working together to improve central Indiana.

-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Annual Meeting, discussing athletic issues important to the 10 member colleges.

A team of four mechanical engineering students has been one of two U.S. teams selected to participate in the second round of the Valeo Innovation Challenge—out of nearly 1,000 entrants. The 20 selected teams are developing daring solutions to revolutionize automobiles. Hannah Bailey, David Johnston, Aaron Jones, and Wade Stallings will spend the summer creating a prototype of their project using funding appropriated to each team by Valeo. The plans must be submitted by August 29.

The Human Powered Vehicle Team won the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ west coast regional in San Jose, California—the 11th victory in the past 14 regionals. Earlier, the team placed second at the east coast regional in Orlando. The team won the design presentation award at both regionals. Mechanical Engineering Professor Michael Moorhead, PhD, is head of the ASME HPVC committee.

NEW PHOTO - On The Track.

West Coast Champions: Senior Crystal Hurtle pedals the human-powered vehicle during one of the many racing events at this year’s west coast regional in San Jose, California.

Our students’ performing talents are being featured in the Drama Club’s production of the musical “Cats” in the Hatfield Hall Theater. The final shows are planned on May 9-10 at 7:30 p.m. Faculty and staff members get one free ticket. Reserve tickets by visiting the Hatfield Hall Ticket Office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday; call 812-877-8544; or online at

The Alumni Association and Office of Alumni Affairs will present Career Achievement Awards to the following alumni:

-Greg Hubbard (ME, 1994), chief engineer for General Motors’ extended-range vehicle and hybrid propulsion systems divisions.

-David OIivencia (EE, 1994),  who is leading North American operations for Softtek after providing guidance to Verizon, Oracle, Fort Motor Company, Nippon Telegraph, and Accenture.

-Scott Slisher (ME, 1994), president of energy management for AEP Energy Inc.

-Todd Wilkerson (EE, 1994), director of growth strategies for Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP consultants.

Computer Science and Software Engineering Head Cary Laxer led students Nick Allen, Angelica Rodriguez, and Luwen Zhang Shanghai in a spring break visit to China-based Microsoft Research Asia, Apple /Google/IBM, and SAP, along with tourist attractions.

The Athletic Department heads into the final week of the 2013-14 athletic regular season leading the HCAC’s Commissioner’s Cup standings.

The Cecil T. Lobo student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has received an Outstanding Service Award and Certificate of Commendation for community and campus service, professional development, and membership involvement completed in 2013. This is the 26th straight year that the chapter has earned national commendation.

The men’s track and field team won the HCAC outdoor championship for the seventh straight year. A total of 17 student-athletes earned all-conference awards, and Larry Cole was named the league’s Men’s Coach of the Year for the 12th time.

Mathematics Professor John Rickert, PhD, has started a one-year term as chair of the Indiana Mathematical Association of America Section. Department colleague Josh Holden, PhD, has a three-year term as the organization’s chief information officer.

A total of 73 students joined President Conwell in being inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta freshman honor society on April 30. Students must maintain a 3.7 grade point average.

Graduating seniors will gather for commencement rehearsal, a Class of 2014 photo, and academic department group photographs on May 15 at 4:30 p.m. in the Hulbert Arena of the Sports and Recreation Center.

The Sports and Recreation Center is hosting the following community service events:

-Vigo County Relay For Life (American Cancer Society), May 3

-Stomp On Pancreatic Cancer (fund-raising event for cheerleading sponsor/alumni administrative assistant Bretta Schriner), May 10

-Crop For A Cure  (cancer awareness and prevention), April 26

A STEM education boot camp is being organized by professors Patricia Carlson, PhD, and Patsy Brackin, PhD, to host high school teachers on campus during this summer’s Operation Catapult program. The boot camp is being sponsored by Duke Energy.

Members of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) student chapter have installed a railroad spur line section for a new exhibit at the Terre Haute Railroad Museum. Emeriti Civil Engineering Professor/AREMA Advisor Jim McKinney, PhD, supervised the project.

Chemistry students attending this year’s Undergraduate Research Conference at Butler University were Lauren Gutgesell, Lee Anne Siemer, and Yuan (Mike) Xue. Department faculty members Bruce Allison and Dan Morris accompanied them.

Students will complete several projects during Campus Beautification Day on May 10, from 9-11:30 a.m.

The ASCE chapter is hosting its annual charity golf scramble on May 24 at the Rea Park Golf Course. Proceeds support the Wabash Valley’s Habitat for Humanity organization. Contact the Department of Civil Engineering or ASCE leaders for more information.

Several student organizations hosted hands-on activities on campus for local elementary, middle, and high school students during the first STEM Fair April 15. The event was organized by the Blue Key National Honor Society.

Rose-Hulman teams placed fourth, ninth, and 18th in this year’s Indiana College Mathematics Competition (out of 29 teams). Participating students were Travis Baumbaugh, Edna Jones, Ian Ludden, Christian Schulz, Ben Stevens, Lujia Zhang, Connor Kispert, Chris Lambert, and  Tommy Mulc.

The Office of Alumni Affairs is hosting the following events to build and strengthen alumni relationships:

-May 18, Indianapolis 500 Pole Day

-May 19, Columbus, Indiana Reception, hosted by Jim and Carolyn Trueblood

-June 5, Summer Scholarship Golf Scramble, Prairie View Golf Club, Carmel, Indiana

-June 11, FBI cyber crime presentation, hosted by Software Engineering Professionals (Carmel)

Contact the Office of Alumni Affairs for more information on these events.

The Office of Admissions is preparing to host 75 undergraduate college counselors from 25 states, Canada, China, and Puerto Rico.

Dan Tryon will become manager of Hatfield Hall and director of student performing arts (June 2), while Terence Hartnett will be director of theater programs and assistant professor of English (August 1) – both replacing Bunny Nash, who is leaving Rose-Hulman on May 17.

ARAMARK is hosting its annual Customer Appreciation Dinner on May 7, from 5-7:15 p.m. Faculty, staff members, and their families are invited to join in the festivities. The cost is $5 per person, payable at the door.

The Department of Physics and Optical Engineering and Department of Biology and Biomedical Engineering have hosted their board of advisors. These groups provide valuable feedback and helped recommend curriculum changes to their departments.

Karen Brimberry has started as the new assistant registrar in the Office of the Registrar.