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Four Students Recognized for Academic, Campus Achievements

May 26, 2012

      Andrew Milluzzi      Caroline McDonald
  Andrew Milluzzi   Caroline McDonald

Seniors Andrew Milluzzi, Caroline McDonald and Matthew Hein joined graduate student Phillip Rodenbeck in receiving special recognition among the Class of 2012 for academic achievements, student leadership, research discoveries, campus citizenship, and respect among peers and faculty.

Milluzzi earned the John T. Royce Award as the most outstanding graduate, in the opinion of the faculty and staff. The computer engineering and software eng   ineering graduate from Westlake, Ohio, was an officer in four student organizations: Eta Kappa Nu electrical engineering honor society, Robotics Club, Catholic campus ministry and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He has used LEGO robots to get youths interested in engineering, science and math, and has created several large-scale projects with LEGOs.

"Andy has been a tremendous ambassador for Rose-Hulman, having the highest level of integrity, strong values and passion for the Rose-Hulman community," stated Pete Gustafson, vice president for student affairs.

Away from Rose-Hulman, Milluzzi also has had internships at National Instruments and Hyland Software, and will spend this summer as an intern for Microsoft's Xbox team.  Afterward, he will continue his education pursuits in a robotics Ph.D. program at the University of Florida.

Matthew Hein      Phillip Rodenbeck      
 Matthew Hein    Phillip Rodenbeck  

McDonald received the Herman A. Moench Distinguished Senior Commendation.  The senior chemical engineering major from Kings Mills, Ohio, has been president of the Alpha Chi Sigma professional chemistry fraternity.  She has also been a tour guide for the Office of Admissions, varsity cheerleader and membership educator for the Chi Omega sorority, and served as public relations director for the Student Alumni Association.

"Caroline has been a tireless cheerleader for Rose-Hulman," noted Keith Hoover, Ph.D., the Herman Moench Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Hein received the Heminway Gold Medal as the graduating student with the highest overall grade point average.  The electrical engineering major from Sterling Heights, Mich., completed his Rose-Hulman career with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Rodenbeck received the Outstanding Graduate Thesis Award for his work on "The Design of a Cost-Effective Semi-Active Damper," a project completed under the direction of Phillip Cornwell, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs. The graduate student from Valparaiso recently earned a patent for another project at Toyota, and has three other patents pending.