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Student Tony Milluzzi Meets Rose-Hulman’s Academic Challenges, Expands His Technological Opportunities

January 26, 2015

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Productive Internship: Junior electrical engineering student Tony Milluzzi has accentuated his classroom lessons with an internship developing real-time embedded hardware technology for Rose-Hulman Ventures’ client Simma Software Inc. (Photo by Shawn Spence)

Tony Milluzzi is a self-proclaimed tinkerer with a multitude of technological interests.

The junior electrical engineering student has helped a local entrepreneur create groundbreaking vehicle safety devices. He is also seeking a career in wireless technology, and utilizes old-school amateur radio frequencies to connect with people throughout the country.

And, Milluzzi has just started taking lessons to someday pilot small aircrafts.

“I have fun building stuff,” says the Westlake, Ohio, native. “I like examining all of the parts in a device, and seeing how everything works together to create a product that helps people.”

For the past two years Milluzzi has been a student intern that has assisted Rose-Hulman Ventures’ client Simma Software Inc. develop real-time embedded hardware interfaces that are faster, use less energy, and are more cost effective for the automotive industry.

Simma Software has 15 years of experience working with Controller Area Network-related technologies used in more than 200 embedded system designs, and has millions of units deployed worldwide.

Milluzzi’s interest in radio-frequency (RF) engineering has helped Simma Software to utilize Bluetooth and WiFi technologies to allow its devices to communicate wirelessly, allowing maximum flexibility and convenience.

Started by Rose-Hulman in 2000, Rose-Hulman Ventures delivers innovative engineering solutions for a diverse clientele of partners in a variety of industry sectors. It is located in a 35,000 square-foot facility on the institute’s South Campus that features professional-level laboratory equipment, engineering tools, machine shops, and client workspaces.

“Rose-Hulman Ventures has been invaluable to my educational experiences,” Milluzzi states. “You see the product development process from start to finish, and you’re playing a role in a real-world engineering experience. It has been great to learn as you explore such exciting technology.”

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Campus Contributor: Tony Milluzzi worked with his brother Andy, a 2012 computer engineering and software engineering graduate, to build a LEGO-based Rose-Hulman logo that’s featured on the cover of the institute’s admissions viewbook. (Photo by Dale Long)

Those experiences have been further enhanced with an internship last summer at Indesign, an Indianapolis-based engineering firm that uses RF/wireless design, electrical/circuit design, and software/firmware to help companies develop new electronic devices. He will spend this summer learning more about RF technology at Motorola Solutions in Schaumburg, Illinois, and may attend graduate school in the RF/avionics fields.

At Rose-Hulman, Milluzzi is president of the Rose Tech Radio Club (he earned his amateur radio license in 2012), vice president of the Eta Kappa Nu electrical engineering honor society, member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and is helping organize a proposed Maker Club for fellow project tinkerers.

Milluzzi’s Rose-Hulman journey started when he participated in the institute’s Operation Catapult summer science and engineering exploration program. High-school students come from throughout the world before starting their senior year to work on teams that complete hands-on projects.

“Operation Catapult set Rose-Hulman apart from other colleges that I was considering. It offered the real ‘Rose-Hulman Experience’. It was stressful and demanding, but fun,” Milluzzi said. “I came to Rose-Hulman to be challenged, and that’s precisely what has happened. It’s tough, but, with great experiences like Rose-Hulman Ventures, I know that I will be prepared for the future.”

QUOTE OUTTAKE:

“I came to Rose-Hulman to be challenged, and that’s precisely what has happened. It’s tough, but, with great experiences like Rose-Hulman Ventures, I know that I will be prepared for the future.”

-   Tony Milluzzi
Junior, Electrical Engineering Student