Biomedical industry pioneer Niles Noblitt has started a five-year term as chairman of the board of trustees for Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, his alma mater. He co-founded Warsaw-based Biomet Inc., now known as Zimmer Biomet. Noblitt previously served as chairman of Biomet's board of directors and a board member from 1977 until his retirement in 2007. He is credited with contributing to patents relating to biological devices, processes and prosthesis.

Noblitt replaces Donald M. Ings, whose term ended this fall.

Noblitt earned a bachelor's degree from Rose-Hulman in 1973 and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1996. He and his wife, Nancy, also established a scholarship fund for Rose-Hulman students.