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Corporate Executives Carl Cook, Thomas Dinkel to Receive Honorary Degrees

April 9, 2015

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Carl A. Cook

Carl A. Cook, chief executive officer of Bloomington, Indiana-based Cook Group Inc., and Terre Haute business leader Thomas T. Dinkel will receive honorary doctorate of engineering degrees during Rose-Hulman’s 137th commencement on May 30.

Cook succeeded his late father, biosciences and medical devices pioneer Bill Cook, in 2011 to lead the Cook Group, a company recognized worldwide for its development of minimally invasive medical device technology that has improved lives.

During his nearly 30-year career with Cook Group companies, Carl Cook has helped manage several innovative research and development projects, including cardiac pacemakers and Doppler blood flow monitors. He also shares his family’s passion for historic preservation, and has been intimately involved in the planning and execution of key Cook Group-sponsored restoration projects, including the West Baden Springs Hotel and French Lick Resort in southern Indiana, the Old Centrum Church in Indianapolis, and Tivoli Theater in Spencer, Indiana.

Cook has been a member of Rose-Hulman’s Board of Trustees since 2009, and has been involved in a variety of projects to improve the educational opportunities for students in Indiana. His $500,000 donation to Rose-Hulman helped establish the William Alfred Cook Laboratory for Bioscience Research, a 1,350-square foot facility dedicated on campus in 2012.

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Thomas T. Dinkel

Dinkel is president and owner of several Terre Haute corporations, including Sycamore Engineering, a commercial and industrial construction company specializing in mechanical and electrical systems; Dinkel Associates, a mechanical and electrical engineering design company; Sycamore Building Services, a technical services company; and Dinkel Telekom, a telecommunications company specializing in DC power system installations. He also is president of three real estate development companies, and part-owner of a local Internet service provider.

The Terre Haute native earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rose-Hulman in 1972, and serves as treasurer of the institute’s Board of Trustees. He is active in his alma mater and hometown, earning the prestigious 2014 Chapman S. Root Award for outstanding community service from Hospice of the Wabash Valley. Dinkel’s numerous community leadership roles include serving as a director for the First Financial Corporation, Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, Terre Haute Economic Development Corporation, and St. Benedicts Church, and serving as past-president of the Rose-Hulman Alumni Association, the Rose-Hulman Alpha Tau Omega fraternity’s board of managers, Wabash Valley Community Foundation, Terre Haute YMCA, and Terre Haute Country Club.

Michael A. Mussallem, chairman and chief executive officer of Edwards Lifesciences, will present the commencement address as Rose-Hulman confers bachelor’s and master’s degrees to members of the Class of 2015.