Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has awarded Rebecca DeVasher (pictured) with the Dean’s Outstanding Teacher Award and Adam Nolte (pictured) has earned the Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar Award. Also, Janie Szabo, an instructional designer in the Office of Learning and Technology, has been named recipient of the President’s Outstanding Service Award.

DeVasher has been involved with a variety of campus sustainability initiatives and helped faculty colleagues to examine the merits of a professional credential badging program. She also has been a faculty mentor to visiting high school students completing science in Rose-Hulman’s Operation Catapult and Project Select summer exploration programs and been the adviser for the Unity student organization. The Rose-Hulman Alumni Association recognized DeVasher in 2019, granting her honorary alumna status.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Alabama in 2000, DeVasher added a doctorate in the science discipline from UA in 2004. Soon thereafter, she joined the Rose-Hulman faculty.

Nolte has a broad interest in research, including areas of breast cancer detection, environmentally responsive coatings, and analysis of thin films and composites. His work has garnered more than $500,000 in grants, been published in the Advanced Materials and American Chemical Society’s Biomaterials Science and Engineering journals, and been featured at talks at institutions throughout the country. Many of his publications, posters, and presentations include Rose-Hulman undergraduate and masters-level collaborators.

Nolte earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and, later, a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, specializing in materials science and engineering. He joined the Rose-Hulman faculty in 2009.

Szabo’s dedication, hard work and commitment to Rose-Hulman and its students helped pull together the campus community to make the educational transition as smooth as possible.


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