These accomplished leaders, scientists, athletes, and engineers honor the women who are part of their stories and share wisdom for younger women to write theirs.
Women's History at Rose
TEDx Talks - Leading STEM Voices
Rose-Hulman’s third TEDx Talks event will feature women faculty members and a visiting Fulbright Scholar discussing topics pertaining to engineering, sustainability, art, science, mathematics, and bringing diversity to STEM.
A supporting campus environment and several undergraduate research opportunities helped physics alumna Michelle Lollie, PhD, achieve her goal of becoming a quantum physicist, now working as an advanced laser scientist with Quantinuum.
Pat Carlson was the first woman faculty member to earn full professor ranking and the Trustees Outstanding Scholar Award. She also founded the PRISM program, which has become a resource for secondary STEM teachers.
Caroline Carvill is amid her 33rd year at Rose-Hulman as a professor of American literature. During that tenure she has been the first woman professor to receive the Dean's Outstanding Teacher Award (1994), serve as associate dean of faculty, and earn the Alumni Association’s Honorary Alumni Award (2003).
Alumna Tanya Colonna, a 2013 Rose-Hulman alumna, is chief executive officer of Oro Muscles, a Netherlands-based entrepreneurial startup that’s breaking boundaries by connecting muscle activity data to physical action.
SWE Video Series
The pandemic hasn’t kept Rose-Hulman’s Society of Women Engineers student chapter members from reaching out through other creative ways to introduce girls to STEM fields, especially those with academic programs on campus. The students’ YouTube video series have been a big hit, maybe even Oscar worthy!
Gabbie Gilbertson, a 2020 mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering alumna, is a ride performance engineer within the Williams Formula 1 race team’s vehicle dynamics group in Oxford, England, where she helps high-tech cars compete in the most competitive level of international open-wheel racing.
Kristen Loyd and Kristen Merchant
Professor of Chemistry Luanne Tilstra is an expert in physical and polymer chemistry. She helped establish and was the inaugural director of what's now known as the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Rose-Hulman and is currently active in establishing support systems for women faculty and students in STEM.
Michelle Marincel Payne
Kay C Dee
Mary-Helen and Manuella Shomba
Mary-Helen and Manuella Shomba have always been driven to succeed. They grew up in an environment of support and want to be role models for future generations. Watch as they discuss why it's important to break societal norms and show that anything is possible.
Patsy Brackin is director of Rose-Hulman's engineering design program and a professor of mechanical engineering. Named an ABET Fellow in 2020, Brackin helped develop the Home for Environmentally Responsible Engineering (HERE) program, a living-learning experience for students interested in sustainability and humanitarian engineering.
Director of Business Operations since 2015, Linda Price has been a key part of the business office team and the Rose-Hulman community since 2000.
Kimberly Henthorn identifies with the chemical engineering students in her classes since she was once one of them as member of Rose-Hulman’s first coed incoming class, graduating in 1999. The department head specializes in particle technology and is conducting research with students on the science and engineering of chocolate production.
Taylor Lueking is president of the Society of Women Engineers and a mechanical engineering major. A licensed pilot, Lueking talks about the support network the campus SWE chapter provides for Rose-Hulman students, and overcoming challenges as a woman breaking barriers.
Rebecca Bercich is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering whose areas of expertise and research are in assistive medical devices, mechatronic systems, and plastic recycling technology for closed-loop economies. Bercich has earned teaching awards throughout her graduate studies and served as a guest speaker at Women in Engineering programs that encouraged high school students to explore STEM careers.