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Honor Alumni Winners Being Recognized at Homecoming
September 30, 2014
Four alumni have been selected to receive the Alumni Association’s Honor Alumni Award for their career accomplishments, their loyalty, and meritorious service to Rose-Hulman, and their contributions to the national interest of our country.
This year’s award recipients feature:
Jack Farr, 1975
Jack Farr, MD, has established himself as a leader in sports medicine and knee restoration. He practices at Indiana Orthopedics Hospital (OrthoIndy) in Indianapolis. Farr received his bachelor’s degree in biological engineering, and was also awarded an honorary degree in 1999. He earned his medical degree from Indiana University in 1979 and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Indiana University Medical Center in 1986.
Farr continues his involvement in clinical trials that began more than 15 years ago, as the director of the OrthoIndy Cartilage Restoration Center of Indiana. In addition, he helps with trial design and orthopedic industry product design, and holds two patents. His clinical research is the basis of more than 50 published clinical journal articles and two books. Farr also teaches at national and international meetings, and is the director of the OrthoIndy Sports Medicine fellowship program.
During his time at Rose-Human, Farr was involved in the Student Government Association, Blue Key Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, Sigma Nu fraternity, and the football team. He now lives in Bargersville, Indiana, with his wife, Sonya.
Michael Hatfield, 1984
Michael Hatfield is the president of Cyan Inc., a publicly-traded technology company that helps service providers and other network operators around the world scale their networks, reduce costs, and accelerate service delivery. Prior to Cyan, Hatfield was founder and CEO of Calix, a publicly-traded communication systems company. Calix is a leading provider of high-speed access systems for communications service providers. His first company was Cerent, of which he was founder and chief operating officer. Cerent is a leading provider of high-speed fiber optics systems and was acquired by Cisco.
Hatfield has bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and mathematical economics, and a MBA in finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. He also received an honorary degree from Rose-Hulman in 2004, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees.
While a student at Rose-Hulman, Hatfield was involved in the Eta Kappa Nu, Pi Mu Epsilon, and Tau Beta Pi student organizations, and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He and his wife, Deborah, reside in Sebastopol, California, and have two daughters, Michelle and Jamie.
William Olah, 1974
William M. Olah, J.D., has a bachelor’s degree in biological engineering, and a minor in economics: He is an equity partner in and leads the business division of the Terre Haute law firm of Wilkinson, Goeller, Modesitt, Wilkinson & Drummy, LLP, and has counseled business entities and their principals for more than 35 years.
Particularly active in the area of small business mergers and acquisitions, Olah also has extensive experience in real estate development and leasing, zoning issues, tax abatements, and construction disputes. He has advised countless clients on various federal and state tax matters before numerous administrative agencies and courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.
Olah has served on the boards of directors for numerous business, civic, charitable, and church organizations, including Rose-Hulman’s Board of Trustees.
During his time at Rose-Hulman, Bill was involved in the Student Government Association, Blue Key and Sigma Nu; was a columnist for The Rose Thorn student newspaper; and was a three-year letterman for the golf team. Bill and his wife, Janet, have two children.
Al Shipp, 1978
Al Shipp is currently the president and CEO of 3VR Video Intelligence Platform, based in San Francisco, California.
After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, Shipp went on to do graduate studies at Purdue University and the University of Kentucky. He joined Delco Electronics (now Delphi) as a member of its research and development team at the IC Design Center in Kokomo, Indiana. He then joined IBM in 1982 at its Office Products Division in Lexington, Kentucky, and was lead engineer in the Quietwriter Printer development. In 1999, Shipp moved to BEA Systems, leading its worldwide sales organization and its largest development team. He later joined Inktomi as Worldwide SVP of Field Operations and become president of Critical Path. He then joined Apple in 2004 as vice president of the enterprise division.
During his time as a student, Shipp was involved in Alpha Tau Omega and tennis team. He was also named as a Rose-Hulman Career Achievement Award recipient in 1998. He and his wife, Julie, have two daughters, Alison and Leslie.