TERRE HAUTE - Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has named the chief executive officer of California-based Edwards Lifesciences Corp. (NYSE: EW) to its board of trustees. Michael Mussallem is also an alumnus of Rose-Hulman, earning his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1974.

Mussallem, who became CEO of Edwards in 2000, also serves on the board and executive committee of the Advanced Medical Technology Association and is a trustee of the University of California Irvine Foundation. He received an honorary doctorate of engineering degree from Rose-Hulman in 1999.

"As a national leader in healthcare and healthcare policy, and with a personal passion for philanthropy and corporate social responsibility, Mike Mussallem will bring valuable insights to our board," said Rose-Hulman President Jim Conwell. "His long-standing support of Rose-Hulman and his dedication to our mission help us ensure that the institute remains nationally distinguished for undergraduate science, engineering and mathematics education."

In 2016, Mussallem and his wife, Linda, provided the $9 million lead gift toward the $25 million expansion and renovation of Rose-Hulman's student union. The project is expected to be complete in 2018.