|This year's homecoming was a
time for reflecting on the past, enjoying the present,
and looking toward the future.
The Innovation Center was named in memory of
Matt Branam and his many contributions to the campus and
its students. Branam, a 1979 alumnus and the institute's
14th president, fostered the development of a large open
concept building for students to build
"Starting his career at UPS as a civil
|engineer, Matt Branam built a lot of
big garages-some of the biggest in America. However, he
had never built one with such a fun and exciting purpose as
this one," says President Robert A. Coons.
The William Alfred Cook Laboratory for
Bioscience Research was also unveiled on the south side of
Crapo Hall. This "living laboratory" was provided
by trustee and Cook Group CEO Carl Cook on behalf of his
late father, a life sciences pioneer. It will
|help cultivate plants for experiments and
research, and create a cradle-to-grave
engineering environment for students to examine the
recyclability factor of materials made from plants.
"This laboratory gives our
biological science program a major boost, and showcases
that Rose-Hulman is placing a strategic emphasis in the
sciences," states Applied Biology Professor
Peter Coppinger, Ph.D.