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Alumni Being Honored for Career & Community Leadership
September 28, 2016
During this weekend’s Homecoming, the Rose-Hulman Alumni Association will honor six successful business and community leaders across five different decades for their significant contributions to their professions, communities, and Rose-Hulman. Honorary alumni status will be bestowed upon a member of the faculty and a member of the staff.
Receiving Honor Alumni Awards will be Bill Grube, Jeff Lowe, and Jeff Papa.
Grube has been a leader in the oil and gas industries throughout a career spanning more than 40 years. The 1970 chemical engineering alumnus is executive vice chairman of the board of directors for Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners (NASDAQ: CLMT), which he co-founded in 1990 and also has served as chief executive officer and president. Under Grube’s leadership, the company has grown to more than $5 billion in annual sales and 14 manufacturing facilities.
After earning a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University, Grube started Rock Island Refining Corporation in 1973, rising to become executive vice president. He also started the Legacy Resources oil and gas exploration company in 1993, and bought Monumental Chemical in 2008.
Lowe put his knowledge of electrical engineering and teamwork to good use throughout a successful career in the semiconductor business. He formerly was chief executive officer of Austin, Texas-based Freescale Semiconductor, driving significant changes in management and direction. This resulted in three consecutive years of revenue growth and gross-margin expansion, creating an additional $11 billion in equity for shareholders and employees.
Previously, the 1984 electrical engineering alumnus gained considerable knowledge about business and technology with Texas Instruments, becoming senior vice president of the company’s analog business—increasing that sector by $5 billion over eight years. He also led the microcontroller and custom chip (ASIC) businesses. Since Freescale’s purchase by NXP, Lowe and his wife, Diana, have focused their philanthropy support on education, establishing a scholarship fund to encourage high school students from the Breakthrough Austin program toward STEM careers. He also is a director for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, and a Rose-Hulman emeriti trustee.
Papa is the chief of staff and chief legal counsel for the Indiana State Senate, and formerly was affiliated with Indianapolis-based Barnes & Thornburg, LLP. A member of the Zionsville Town Council, he also has served as town council president and the first mayor of Zionsville. Papa is president and co-founder of YETI, an organization which built and operates an orphanage in Nepal and supports underprivileged children in Indiana.
The 1993 economics alumnus also is a former president of the Indiana Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and Indiana Leadership Forum (ILF). He received the Distinguished Hoosier Award, one of the state’s highest honors, in 2010, and has twice earned ILF’s Founder’s Award (community service, 2008; political achievement, 2013). He has been president of the Rose-Hulman Alumni Association.
Distinguished Young Alumni Awards will be presented to Ben Cook, Keenan Long, and Mike Reeves.
Cook, a 2010 electrical engineering graduate, is director of printed electronics and foundational technology and team leader on printed electronics for Texas Instruments’ Kilby Labs. He also manages TI’s Printed Electronics Research Lab and he is developing an external ecosystem to support the company’s roadmap on printed electronics. Under Cook’s leadership, printed electronics has grown into one of the company’s 16 key foundational technologies. Also, Cook’s TI group is developing the next generation of fabrication technology for additively manufactured semiconductors, and he helps define key investment areas for university research on additive manufacturing technologies. He has published over 75 peer reviewed journal and conference papers, and has 50 patents and patents pending.
Long is an advanced concepts engineer at Easton’s baseball/softball product division. In this role, he is responsible for filling the innovation pipeline with technology for all of Easton’s product lines. The 2010 mechanical engineering alumnus uses his experience as a former Rose-Hulman and minor league baseball player, accentuated with his training as an engineer, to invent new products, such as TORQ Technology to revolutionize the sporting goods industry. Long also helps secure intellectual property for Easton, and provide the company’s marketing team with commercialization-ready technology two to five years ahead of product launch.
Reeves is a project manager within Civil & Environmental Consultants’ (CEC) real estate industry consulting group. He develops the scope and budgets for single and multi-family residential, retail, hospitality, light and heavy industrial, and institutional development projects. He also leads the technical design and production of construction documents, manages client communication, and oversees invoicing and financial accountability. The 2006 civil engineering graduate has contributed to the field of environmental permitting for hydraulic fracturing pads and gas pipelines, designed and helped construct stream restoration projects, and worked on the urban redevelopment of Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.
The Alumni Association will bestow honorary alumni status on Ella Ingram, associate professor of biology, and Rob Davignon, a project manager at Rose-Hulman Ventures. Both were nominated by alumni for supporting students throughout their college years.
Ingram has taught at Rose-Hulman for 12 years, teaching courses covering introductory and advanced levels of ecology and evolution, biology for non-majors, and the senior thesis sequence. She has advised award-winning student project teams, accompanied students on a field studies program to Kenya, and collaborated with undergraduate researchers to study such topics as wetland ecology, sexual selection in humans and plant-fungi interactions. Ingram is enjoying her second term as director of the institute’s Center for the Practice and Scholarship of Education, and is a regular mentor to the Making Academic Change Happen workshop, which has created change agents on campuses across the nation.
Davignon joined Rose-Hulman in 1999 to work with the Technical Assistance and Services Center, and transitioned to Rose-Hulman Ventures when it was founded. He specializes in mechanical product and machine design, along with solid modeling, and has an eye for developing robust solutions that are no more complicated than necessary. Davignon works on a variety of projects as either the project leader or an engineer/designer. He enjoys sharing his broad experience base with the student interns at Rose-Hulman Ventures, and takes pride in doing his part to prepare them for their future careers.
Learn more about what’s being planned for homecoming here.