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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Rose Hulman Ventures

Student spends summer developing technology at Rose-Hulman Ventures Terre Haute. For most students, school is out for the summer, but not for 72 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students who are busy applying their engineering skills to solving real-world technical problems that could lead to new products and services.

The students are spending the summer at Rose-Hulman Ventures (RHV), providing engineering and science expertise to assist 18 technology-driven companies. The internship process is based on a collaborative approach with a Rose-Hulman Ventures' project manager leading multidisciplinary teams of students from a combination of Rose-Hulman's 15 academic programs.

This opportunity helps prepare students for career success by developing their skills to provide solutions to technical challenges including designing, prototyping and testing of commercial products and services.

Completing an internship at Rose-Hulman Ventures is Michael G. Howald, a senior majoring in software engineering, the son of Mike and Darla Howald of Brazil.

According to William Kline, associate dean for professional experiences and associate professor of engineering management, RHV brings together outstanding students with technology-based companies. For students, that means the best engineering professional practice experience possible within an academic program. For businesses, it means developing prototypes, refining the design of existing problems and expanding current engineering capabilities, Kline stated.

Among the many product development success stories RHV touts is the work completed for Suros Surgical Systems, an Indianapolis-based company that makes minimally invasive, MRI-guided breast biopsy devices.

RHV interns contributed to the development of a device that allows physicians to completely excise tissue in one simple step, while making it possible for this type of procedure to be completed in an office or outpatient setting.

Currently, more than 100 hospitals and breast centers across the country use the one minute biopsy system. Terre Haute company Glas-Col, used the engineering expertise of RHV interns to update electronics in a digital solvent mixer and the results included a significant physical departure from the original product, along with a dramatic reduction in cost.

Glas-Col is a world leader in manufacturer of laboratory products and industrial heating and mixing equipment.

For more information, visit www.rhventures.org

UDWI REMC Director Scholarship Program

Every year, Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC invests in the future of our local students by awarding ten UDWI REMC Scholarships of $500. These awards were presented to the students on July 23 at a reception held in their honor.

Brian Sparks, CEO at Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC, says of the program, "It is an opportunity for us to recognize some of our outstanding local students, get to know them, and contribute in a small part to their bright futures. 2007 marks the program's seventh year of scholarship awards, bringing the total to $32,000 distributed among 64 students in our territory."

UDWI Scholarship Winners:

Sarah Cobine, Eastern; Elaine Holsapple, Eastern; Jessica Toon, Bloomfield; Rachel Bredeweg, Linton; Jesse Kimmel, BNL; Mary Clouser, Owen Valley; Andrea Hostetter, Bloomfield; Jake Feltner, Owen Valley; Wayne Jeffers III, Clay City; Audrey Hudson, Bloomfield.

INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

One student from Clay County was among the 1,500 people who received degrees during graduation ceremonies on Aug. 11.

Graduating was James William Stewart, N. Murphy Rd., Brazil, with a master of education.

Indiana Wesleyan University is an evangelical Christian comprehensive university that was founded in 1920 and is committed to liberal arts and professional education. IWU is sponsored by The Wesleyan Church.

About 3,000 students are enrolled in traditional classes on IWU's main campus in Marion. Another 11,000 adult learners are pursuing degrees at multiple sites in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio and via online programs.