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Honorary Doctor of Engineering

May 25, 2012

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will award Honorary Doctor of Engineering degrees to the following people during the 134th commencement on Saturday, May 26:

Thomas Hoback  

Thomas Hoback

President and CEO of Indiana Rail Road Company

Thomas Hoback attended Golden Gate University in San Francisco, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in transportation and economics. In 1986, he founded the Indiana Rail Road Company, an Indianapolis-based regional railroad serving south central Indiana and eastern Illinois. He is also the owner, president, and CEO of Central Midland Railway, a freight railroad serving the St. Louis region.

He has led the Indiana Rail Road Company through 25 years of exponential growth, from near bankruptcy to becoming one of the most successful regional carriers in the U.S.  His company was awarded Railway Age Magazine's prestigious Regional Railroad of the Year Award for 2012.

He has been active in helping Terre Haute to consolidate rail yards and alleviate train/automobile traffic tie ups. He has worked with several Rose-Hulman senior civil engineering majors on senior projects that have been focused on improving local rail traffic.

Hoback is a board member of the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society and the George Krambles Transit Scholarship Fund. He also serves on the editorial advisory board for Railroad History, a scholarly journal covering railways. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Indiana Historical Society in 2002, and has a long association with the society, having co-founded the Midwest Railroad Research Center in 1997. He also serves on the Society's executive committee and collections committee.

Dean Kamen  

Dean Kamen

Inventor and founder of DEKA Corporation and FIRSTĀ®

Dean Kamen is not only one of the world's greatest inventors and entrepreneurs, he is also one of America's greatest advocates for science and technology education. Founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization dedicated to introducing young minds to science and technology, Kamen works to get youth interested in science and technology through fun competition.

Kamen founded FIRST in 1989 and by 2011 the organization was serving more than 250,000 young people, ages 6 to 18, in more than 50 countries. High school-aged participants are eligible to apply for more than $14 million in scholarships sponsored by leading corporations, colleges and universities, including Rose-Hulman. Studies have shown that FIRST alumni are highly motivated to pursue careers in science and engineering. The organization has truly fulfilled Kamen's goal of inspiring the next generation of technological leaders.

Kamen has received many awards for his efforts. Notably, he was awarded the 2000 National Medal of Technology by President Bill Clinton in recognition for inventions that have advanced medical care worldwide, and for innovative and imaginative leadership in awakening America to the excitement of science and technology. Kamen was also awarded the Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2002, and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2005.

As an inventor, Kamen holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, many for innovative medical devices that have saved lives and impacted health care worldwide. While still a college undergraduate, he invented the first wearable infusion pump in 1976. He founded AutoSyringe, Inc. to manufacture and market the pumps. He later sold that company to Baxter Healthcare Corporation. Today, his invention has been used in dozens of applications including chemotherapy, neonatology and endocrinology.

Following the sale of AutoSyringe, Inc., Kamen founded DEKA Research and Development Corporation to develop new inventions as well as to provide research and development services for major corporate clients.

Bruce Cahill  

Bruce Cahill

Founder and CEO of Centaur Corporation

Soon after graduating from Rose-Hulman with a degree in electrical engineering in 1970, Bruce Cahill established himself in the emerging semiconductor business in Southern California. By 1985, he had been named a Rose-Hulman Distinguished Young Alumnus.

Early in his career, Cahill held a variety of sales management positions with Fairchild Semiconductor. In 1983, he leveraged this experience to found Centaur, a semiconductor-based manufacturers' representative with headquarters in Irvine, California and offices throughout the west.

Cahill has also founded a variety of other companies, including 1451 International, an art licensing company; Intensity Athletics, a manufacturer of sportswear; Procyon Technical Sales; and a real estate investment company.

Cahill has been active on the Rose-Hulman Board of Trustees since 1999. He also serves as a trustee and member of the executive council of the University of California Irvine Foundation, and the MIND Research Institute. MIND also conducts basic neuroscience, mathematics, and educational research to improve math education and advance scientific understanding.

He has been active in fundraising for Children's Hospital of Orange County; the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation; Harvest Food Bank; Saint Margaret's Episcopal School; and Oceana, the world's largest ocean conservation group.