Two skilled Rose-Hulman educators and students will probably be taking on management roles throughout the institute’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Department of Civil and Environment Engineering beginning on July 1, 2021.

Kimberly H. Henthorn, affiliate professor of chemical engineering, will probably be main the tutorial division during which she earned a bachelor’s diploma in 1999 as a member of Rose-Hulman’s first coed freshman class. She will probably be changing Adam Nolte, who will stay on the division’s college.

Meanwhile, James H. Hanson, professor of civil and environmental engineering, will probably be head of a division during which he has taught structural engineering programs since 2002. He will succeed Kevin Sutterer, who will stay as a full-time professor within the division.

The chemical and civil & environmental engineering departments have persistently achieved No. 1 status in U.S. News & World Report’s annual faculty information, primarily based upon surveys of the nation’s engineering faculty presidents and senior tutorial management. Both tutorial areas even have been recognized nationally for producing graduates who’ve the talents to be leaders of their profession fields.

“We rotate the heads of our academic departments to give our senior faculty valuable leadership roles and responsibilities, while at the same time providing different perspectives and voices within the institute’s academic leadership,” mentioned Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rick Stamper. “Dr. Henthorn and Dr. Hanson have been exemplary classroom instructors and scholars. Department leadership will just add to their impressive academic careers.”

Henthorn, a member of the Rose-Hulman college since 2010, focuses on particle expertise and two-phase microfluidic programs. She is at present conducting analysis with college students on the science and engineering of chocolate manufacturing and has labored with fellow college members to introduce new experiments into the chemical engineering laboratory.

The Indiana native has gained business expertise by working for Dow Chemical, Reilly Industries, and Pfizer, and serving as a marketing consultant for Mo-Sci Corporation, Brewer Science, and DuPont. Henthorn earned a doctorate in chemical engineering from Purdue University and taught on the Missouri University of Science and Technology earlier than becoming a member of the school at her alma mater.

Hanson has earned the Dean’s Outstanding Teacher Award, been a former Roland E. Hutchins Endowed Rose-Hulman Faculty Chair of Civil Engineering, and been named a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute, one of many highest distinctions for structural engineers.

A specialist in structural design of strengthened concrete, pre-stressed concrete and metal, Hanson has performed analysis in numerical simulation of crack propagation in concrete buildings, use of fracture mechanics in evaluation and design of concrete buildings, and fracture toughness testing. He wrote a first-of-its-kind civil engineering textbook, “Structural Analysis: Skills for Practice,” after personally interviewing 35 structural engineers from 10 design corporations all through America.

Hanson is a former U.S. Army Engineer officer who designed and constructed pipelines, organized operations for fight engineering models and performed the restore and rehabilitation of small buildings. He earned bachelor’s, grasp’s, and doctorate levels from Cornell University, and previously taught at Bucknell University.


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