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Adam Nolte Named Head of Chemical Engineering Department

March 22, 2013

Innovative scholar and professor Adam J. Nolte, Ph.D., has been named head of Rose-Hulman's Department of Chemical Engineering, beginning on July 1. The announcement was made by Interim Dean of Faculty Richard E. Stamper following a national search.

        Adam Nolte
  Adam J. Nolte, Ph.D.

Nolte had been leading the department on an interim basis since the beginning of this academic year, and has been an assistant professor of chemical engineering on the Rose-Hulman faculty since 2009.

Rose-Hulman's chemical engineering department has been rated first for 13 straight years by U.S. News & World Report among colleges that offer the bachelor's or master's degree as its top degree in engineering. For 14 consecutive years, Rose-Hulman has been ranked the nation's overall top undergraduate engineering college in the annual survey of the nation's engineering deans and senior faculty members.

A proponent of interdisciplinary collaboration, Nolte has worked with students and professors from other academic departments and institutions on a variety of research projects. He currently has two active sponsored research projects in the area of colloidal antireflection coatings and environmentally responsive polymer thin films. He also has conducted research on nanoparticle and nano-clay composites, and biodegradable polymers.

Before coming to Rose-Hulman, Nolte gained mentorship and teaching experience as an undergraduate research supervisor and a teaching assistant at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned his doctorate in materials science and engineering in 2007. He received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2001.

Nolte's professional experience has also included working as a materials research engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He gained industry experience in St. Louis as an engineering researcher for Tyco Healthcare/Mallinckrodt (2001), and worked two internships with GlaxoSmithKline (1999-2000).

At Rose-Hulman, Nolte has developed an elective course that explores current trends in nanotechnology and he has helped co-teach the interdisciplinary advanced micro-electro-mechanical systems class, in addition to teaching a number of other courses in his department. He was named Outstanding Professor in 2012 and 2011 by members of his department's Omega Chi Epsilon chemical engineering honor fraternity.

Nolte's recent scholarly pursuits have involved the publication of several peer-reviewed journal articles with student co-authors, and editing a book of conference proceedings on biological and biomedical materials for Cambridge University Press (New York). He has also organized symposia on thin-film instabilities for the American Chemical Society and Materials Research Society, and presented his work on teaching nanotechnology at an American Society for Engineering Education Conference.