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Bill Holmes (ME) authored the article Energy Monitoring 2.0: How the Web Will Save Our Bacon published this August on Sustainable Planet, a website devoted to advancing the sustainability of manufacturing on a global basis. It includes references to classmates Dick Osborn and Jim Grundy. Bill founded Holmes Energy LLC and developed the AutoPilot Monitoring System in 1979. He is the recipient of a Department of Energy Award for Energy Innovation and was named Indiana Energy Manager of the Year in 1990. He is now finishing his doctorate in industrial engineering and management at Oklahoma State University.

Robert Casey (ME) is Curator of Transportation at the famous Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. He has supervised a makeover of the museum's Automobile in American Life exhibit, one of the most significant exhibitions of its kind in the world. Driving America is a new part of the exhibit, opening in time for the Detroit Auto Show in January. Rose-Hulman will be a part of this new section-thanks to Bob's efforts-as it will include a photo of an electric-powered Commuta Car that was renovated by Rose- Hulman senior Chad Conway. The photo features Chad taking his date to the prom in the car.

Chris Georgakas (ECON/ MA), senior vice president of investments for Wells Fargo Advisors, has been designated a member of the firm's "Premier Advisors Program," a distinction that reflects Chris' achievement of professional success through a consistent commitment to client service. This program represents the best of the best of advisors at Wells Fargo Advisors. He has been a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors for three years and has 25 years of experience in the brokerage industry. He lives in Bellbrook, Ohio.

Patrick Noyes (ME) received Rose-Hulman's Honor Alumnus Award at Homecoming. He is the founder, president and chief executive officer of Grenadier Energy Partners. He formerly was chairman and president of Stroud Energy, and vice president for Mitchell Energy Company. See photo on page 40.

Richard W. Butwin (CE) has returned to Ghafari Associates as vice president of Indiana operations. His 30 years of experience in the A/E industry encompasses leadership and management experience for a variety of manufacturing, commercial, transportation, government, and gaming projects. He previously spent more than 15 years at Ghafari's Michigan headquarters and Indianapolis office.

Erik Jansen (EE) is the newest member of the U.S. Mint's Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, an 11-member national panel which helps determine how money looks. Find out more on page 35.

Jud Alexander (ME) has been promoted to the newly created position of executive vice president of Continental Fan Manufacturing Inc. He will direct the engineering and marketing departments, along with the sales and customer service portfolios. He joined the company in 2004 and has more than 25 years of experience in the HVAC industry with Continental Fan, Trane, Titus, and Penn Ventilation. He lives in Dayton, Ohio.

Chester Crow (EE) received the Honor Alumni Award from the Alumni Association for his career achievements and support of his alma mater. Crow is president of PowerSource and opened the new venture Quantum Development Corp. He has supported the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry's algae biodiesel research efforts.

Doug Carlton (ME) has been promoted to vice president of standards for Click Bond, Inc., being in charge of the engineering and drafting department. He has been with the company since 1992. He is a member of the National Aerospace Standards Committee and Aerospace Fastener Standards Advisory Committee.

Ed Sammond (CE) is business development manager for Whitford's Flexible Finishes- North America division. Whitford is the maker of the world's largest line of fluoropolymer coatings. Ed has more than 25 years of experience in automotive technical and business areas. He spent six years overseas, dividing his time between Japan and Europe. This time abroad helped him to understand international business methods and culture, as well as becoming fluent in Japanese.


Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith ('70, MA), a world authority in helping successful leaders get even MOJObetter, has written another New York Times best-selling business book, MOJO: How to Get It, How to Keep It, and How to Get It Back When You Lose It! It builds off the success of his What Got You Here Won't Get You There (2007), winner of the Harold Longman Award for Business Book of the Year. Marshall has been recognized as one of the 15 most influential business thinkers in the world by The (London) Times and Forbes, and the American Management Association named him as one of 50 great thinkers and leaders who have influenced the field of management over the past 80 years. He has regular blogs at, and ■



Rob Tiller (ChE) was awarded the 2011 Halford Award for Leadership in Humane Education by the South Carolina Area Health Consortium, through the Medical University of South Carolina. The award recognized Tiller for outstanding contributions as a role model and teacher of family medicine to students and residents in training for careers in primary health care in South Carolina. He has been a professor of family medicine for the past 10 years at the Self Regional Healthcare Family Medicine Residency program in Greenwood, S.C. He earned his medical degree from Indiana University.

Scott Jaeger (EE) was recognized for serving as immediate past chairman of the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors. He is general manager of Toyota of Terre Haute.

Chris Shadday (ChE) has been appointed president of Viance, a joint venture between Rockwood Holdings and The Dow Chemical Company. It specializies in microbial control technologies for the treated wood market segment. He formerly was business segment manager at Rohm and Haas.

Bob Jacobs (ChE) has been named vice president of North America brand management for Sheraton and Westin Hotels by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. He is overseeing marketing, advertising, brand management and strategic positioning for Starwood's two largest, upper-upscale brands in the United States and Canada. Find out more on page 35.

Chad Elmore (CHEM) has been promoted to global head of isotope chemistry for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. He is responsible for the coordination of the preparation and use of compounds labeled with stable isotopes and longlived radioactive isotopes. Chad and his family have relocated to MöIndal, Sweden.

Ed Fancher (ME) was the 30th recipient of the Lugar Energy Patriot Award, presented by U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar. Fancher founded Energy Management Solutions, which provides monitoring and measuring services for commercial and industrial clients. Lugar saluted Fancher's leadership and initiative in taking action to improve America's energy security. See photo on page 37.

Rob Rogers (CE) was recently awarded a second patent for software relating to synchronizing 4D technology and Global Positioning System networks. He is an independent software developer.

Rich Miller (ME) has joined the faculty at the University of Dallas as a tenure-track professor in operations management. He is the coordinator for the supply chain concentration in the university's MBA program. He earned his Ph.D. in operations management from Cleveland State University in 2010.

Eric Haenlein (CE) received Rose-Hulman's Honor Alumni Award during homecoming. He has been an award-winning project manager for Indianapolis-based Wessler Engineering. He was a founding member and pastpresident of the Rose-Hulman Alumni Association's Young Alumni Council. See photo on page 40.

Dustin Sapp (CPE) was recognized as a Distinguished Young Alumnus during Rose-Hulman's homecoming. He is an Indianapolis-based entrepreneur whose latest venture is TinderBox. See photo on page 40.

Kyle Allen (ME/ECON) is assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Florida. He is building a new research program in musculoskeletal disease and pain. Kyle formerly was assistant research professor at Duke University after earning his Ph.D. in bioengineering from Rice University in 2006.

Alison Bailey (EE) received Rose-Hulman's Honor Alumni Award during homecoming. She is a flight test engineer for Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, earning over 2,000 flight hours on experimental aircrafts. She received Northrop Grumman's Presidential Award for Excellence for her work in delivering aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force. See photo on page 40.

Daniel Gallagher (ME) is now the manager of proposal development at Raytheon Technical Services Company in Indianapolis.


David Honan (CE, '05) has combined his love of trains, engineering, and photography into an award-winning hobby. He won first-place honors in Trains Magazine's 2009 Photography Contest and placed runner up in 2010. This first-place photo, "Bridging the Gap" (right), depicts "an engineering solution for overcoming an obstacle," according to Honan, rail project engineer for HDR Engineering in the northwest United States. He captured the photo after driving into the heart of the Cascade Range, directly into the path of a blizzard headed for Stevens Pass. He originally intended to capture night images in the snow around the Foss River Bridge above Skykomish, Wash. Long after sunset, David waited for the night's third eastbound train when he was amazed to realize at 9:30 p.m., in the midst of a blizzard, that a three-quarter moon had turned every snow flake into a tiny mirror. This set the scene aglow with a diffused grey light. A few minutes later, an eastbound train burst out of the trees, its headlights infusing the freshly-fallen snow with a golden glow. Honan has received several honorable mention awards in the Australian Powerhouse Museum's Trainspotting Photo Contest and regional Puget Sound Photo Contest. See more of David's outstanding photography work at ■


Jeff Keacher (EE) has taken his love of hockey on a cross country journey to play a hockey game in all 50 states, as well as Canada's 10 providences, before Christmas. He began the journey on June 20 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Keacher, who earned a master's degree from Stanford, abandoned a software consulting business (and $125,000 annual salary) for his personal goal. "I wish more people would make the opportunity for themselves and do things like this instead of having it be a wish," he told the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.

Christopher I. Meyer (ChE) earned his a law degree from Washington University's Law School in May. He has joined the intellectual property practice group of Dinsmore & Shohl in Dayton, Ohio. Chris also has a master's degree in biomedical engineering (2006).

Dianna (Artigue) Overmyer (ChE) is a project engineer at Clarke Engineering in Fishers, Ind. She and her husband, Kyle Overmyer (ME, '09), live in Indianapolis.

Dave Olecki (ME) earned an MBA from the University of Notre Dame in May and is now a product manager for Grundfos.

Nick Snyder (ME) is the lead engineer for IndyCar driver Alex Tagliani with Sam Schmidt Motorsports. He started the 2011 IndyCar season as engineer for driver Mike Conway with Andretti Autosport and was engineer for Tony Kanaan with Andretti in 2010.

Joe Steinocher (ME) was promoted to plant manager for Schreiber Foods at Richland Center, Wis. He formerly was an expansion/production team leader at the company's plant in Shippensburg, Pa. He also received the company's President's Leadership Award in 2009.

James Baxter (ME) has started pilot training at the U.S. Air Force base in Enid, Okla. He is flying five days a week in a joint class alongside Marines and Navy pilot trainees in preparation for a cross-country trip and completion of first phase training in November. He hopes to graduate and earn his official wings in June. See photo on page 37.

John Harmon (ME) received his MBA from the University of South Carolina in May.

Matthew Lovell (CE) has returned to Rose-Hulman as assistant professor of civil engineering. He earned a master's degree and Ph.D. at Purdue University, where he helped manage the George E. Brown Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation.

Robert Baldwin (CE) passed the new 16-hour Structural Exam. He is now qualified as a professional engineer and structural engineer.

Brendan McKiernan (BE) earned Rose-Hulman's Distinguished Young Alumni Award during homecoming. He teaches math to inner-city youth in New Orleans through Alliance for Catholic Education program. See photo on page 40.

Gregory Dopka (CPE) was one of 48 referees selected for the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships in Phoenix- out of 140,000 registered referees in the U.S. Soccer Federation. He was also one of 30 referees invited to the FIFA Member Association course in conjunction with the U.S. Soccer Federation's Development Academy Finals. Greg hopes to become a FIFA and Major League Soccer referee.

Kyle Overmyer (ME) is a mechanical engineer at Moore Engineers in Carmel, Ind. He and his wife, Dianna (Artique, '04, ChE), reside in Indianapolis.

EJ Oruche (BE), John McLaughlin (BE) and Kyle Rawn (ChE) are first-year Robert E. Orr Fellows, learning about entrepreneurship and small-business practices at Indiana companies. Oruche and McLaughlin are spending the next two years at Scale Computing, while Rawn is at Fifth Gear. ■