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Four Alumni Being Recognized for Career Achievements During Honors and Awards Ceremony

May 4, 2012

Four members of Class of 1992 that have gone onto successful careers in engineering and computer science with Ford Motor Company, Microsoft, BorgWarner Morse, and transportation consulting are being recognized by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Saturday, May 5, during the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony. Students are also being honored for academic achievements, and three Indiana high school educators will receive honors for inspiring past and future generations of engineers, scientists, and mathematicians. The ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Hatfield Hall Theater.

Alumni receiving Career Achievement Awards from the Rose-Hulman Alumni Association are:

  Jason Karlen, a chemical engineering graduate who is now electrical leader/senior process engineer for Ford Motor Company. As a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a former Army officer, Karlen has utilized his leadership skills and technical prowess to tackle many complex problems that have had a direct positive impact on Ford's customers. His team's efforts helped the Ford Explorer have an average 37-percent improvement in year-over-year customer electrical concerns from 2006-10. Early in 2011, Karlen became the electrical leader at Ford's Louisville Assembly Plant and senior process engineer for the launch of the 2013 Ford Escape. Away from work, he serves as the Ford liaison to the March of Dimes in Louisville, and is in a variety of capacities for his church and Rose-Hulman. He and his wife, Kelly, have a 7-year old son.  
  Jason Karlen 
  Christopher Lanker, a mechanical engineering graduate, is vice president of global supply management for BorgWarner Morse TEC. Lanker has had a variety of leadership positions since joining BorgWarner in 1998. Besides his present position, he has been director of supplier development and commodity management, director of product strategy in the emissions systems division, and director of sales and plant startup in the turbo systems division. Lanker holds a patent and earned the 2006 BorgWarner Innovation Award. Prior to joining BorgWarner, he held engineering and product management positions at Federal Mogul and Coltec Industries. He is a member of the Institute for Supply Management and the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society, and is an executive champion of the BorgWarner Supplier Development Council. He and his wife, Brenda, have five children ranging in ages from 9 to 18 years old.  
  Christopher Lanker

Ken Koziol, a civil engineering graduate, is senior project manager for transportation consulting and management projects. Koziol's professional experience spans two careers: first in the U.S. Navy as a commissioned officer of the Civil Engineer Corps, and for the last 15 years being a senior program manager in the aviation industry as an airport planner. He has been responsible for the terminal design of two separate $1 billion airport projects in Detroit and Indianapolis. Both projects have won numerous awards and are now consistently recognized among the best airports in the world. One of Koziol's current projects is Delta Air Lines' hub expansion at New York City's LaGuardia Airport. Ken lives in Greenwood, Ind., and has three children.

  Ken Koziol 

Jack Mayo, a computer science graduate, is group program manager for Microsoft's Windows division. Mayo has contributed to every major release of Microsoft's Windows operating system, since Windows 2000 and including IE8. He has led teams ranging in size ranging in size from two to 30 or more people. His current responsibilities include device connectivity for peripherals and coordinating the effort to port Windows to the ARM processor architecture. Prior to Windows, Mayo helped deliver the first three releases of Microsoft Exchange, and also drove the deployment of Exchange within information technology operations across the company. He started his career at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) as a systems and network consultant. In addition to his career at Microsoft, Jack and his brother, Jeff, own several newspapers in rural Oklahoma. They believe that it's important to offer compelling local news through great community journalism. Mayo and his wife, Jennifer, have four children.

  Jack Mayo

Receiving the Samuel F. Hulbert Outstanding Teaching Award will be Bryan Passwater, a mathematics teacher at Lebanon (Ind.) High School. William Downey, baseball/basketball coach at Martinsville (Ill.) High School will receive the Outstanding Mentor Award, while Terry Henry, college admissions coordinator at Ben Davis High School, will receive the Charles Howard Outstanding Counselor Award. Hulbert is emeriti president of Rose-Hulman, while Howard is Rose-Hulman's former Dean of Admissions.