Indiana Tech Magazine - Summer 2015

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Features 14 SCIENCE!

A recap of Tech’s annual Engineering Summer Camp for high schoolers.


See photos of Tech’s biggest day of the year.


In this issue, we kick off a yearlong celebration of Tech’s last 8.5 decades.

Inside Tech 04 Letter from the President Tech is 85 years old — how time flies. But the best is still ahead. Across the University 06 CPS by the Numbers

Facts and figures about the incredible growth of Tech’s College of Professional Studies.

08 Around the Regions The latest news from around Indiana Tech – north, south, east and west. 09 Tech Happenings

Catch up on events, achievements, grants, awards and more.

10 A Few Words With ...

Duncan McCorquodale, director of admissions, College of Professional Studies.

12 New VP for Academic Affairs Tech welcomes John F. Shannon, Ph.D., as the university’s new academic leader.

13 Faculty Update It’s been a busy summer: awards, speaking engagements, books published and more. 13 Tech’s Top Picks Road trip! Faculty and staff share their favorite places for a weekend getaway.


Path Of A Warrior 28 Alumni News

Learn what’s new with our fellow Warriors and how to stay connected.

30 In Memoriam

Remembering alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Indiana Tech.


12 New Athletic Director The baton is passed to Debra P. Warren.

Front Cover This photo comes from the archives of Tech’s rich 85-year history: a graduating class from the early days of the university.


Inside Front Cover 85 years later, Tech’s proud students are still donning the cap and gown. Here is one of the many hundreds of graduates who celebrated their accomplishments at commencement.

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LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT The 2015-16 academic year marks a special

Speaking of celebration: No matter the year,

anniversary for Indiana Tech – the 85th

commencement is the best and brightest day

anniversary of the university’s founding by John

we have here at Tech. Page 18 leads off our special

Kalbfleisch. In 1930, Mr. Kalbfleisch, then president

Commencement 2015 feature, with photos,

of International Business College in Fort Wayne,

details on honors and awards and more from

fulfilled a lifelong ambition by establishing a

this special day.

school of his own. Many of his students at IBC had expressed an interest in engineering; seeing an opportunity even in the midst of the Great Depression, Mr. Kalbfleisch embarked on a journey that continues for the Tech family today.

Of course, the present and future of students will always be our top priority here at Tech. On page 14, you’ll learn more about future engineers who took part in our Engineering Summer Camp. Chances are good that some

Read more about our 85th and see photos

of the young campers you’ll learn about here

from across the decades on page 24. We’ll also

will one day become Warriors themselves,

be celebrating throughout the year, most notably

adding their own pages to the story of Indiana

with Gala 85, a special scholarship fundraising

Tech’s next 85 years.

event taking place Saturday, Sept. 19, during homecoming. More details about the Gala and homecoming can be found online at

Sincerely, I look forward to seeing you then!

Dr. Arthur E. Snyder, Ed.D. President


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Volume 11, Issue 3. Arthur E. Snyder, Ed.D. President Brian Engelhart Vice President of University Relations Institutional Advancement Mary Slafkosky Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement Arienne Juliano, MBA ’15 Director of Alumni Relations Lisa Biers, MBA ’15 Annual Fund Director Rose Replogle Office Manager and Gift Processor Neal Quandt, MBA ’16 Prospect Researcher

Marketing Matt Bair Director of Marketing and Communications Julie Farison Creative Director Lucinda Neff Graphic Designer Sarah Suraci Marketing Specialist Peter Nowak Webmaster Joel Kuhn, BS ’12 Web Developer The magazine is published three times a year for alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of Indiana Tech by the university’s Marketing Team and Office of Institutional Advancement. © 2015 Indiana Institute of Technology Indiana Tech online: Please send comments, news and feature story ideas to: Indiana Tech attn: Marketing 1600 E. Washington Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46803 260.422.5561 or 800.937.2448, ext. 2250 email: The editors reserve the right to edit articles for length and clarity. Articles may be reproduced with permission and proper attribution. Indiana Tech provides learners of all ages with career-focused professional education in the areas of business, computer studies, engineering and other professional concentrations; prepares them for active participation in the complex, global society of the 21st century; and motivates them toward a life of significance and worth.

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sessions per year


weeks per session

195 online classes


By the Numbers College of Professional Studies (CPS) Indiana Tech’s College of Professional Studies provides a flexibility that gives working, busy adults a convenient way to complete their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Accelerated classes and nine class sessions per year help students build momentum toward degree completion all year long. Most degrees can be accomplished by taking a combination of online and face-to-face classes.




CPS students during 2014-15 sessions

CPS campuses offering classes

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online degree programs

In 2015, two new College of Professional Studies locations opened in Chicagoland —  in Naperville and Wilmette.



sessions per year


weeks per session

68 online classes

8 online degree programs


Wilmette / 2015

Naperville / 2015 Elkhart / 2003 Munster / 2010

Kendallville / 2008 Warsaw / 1999

Fort Wayne / 1930

Huntington / 2001

Fishers / 2009

Indianapolis / 1988 Greenfi eld / 2002

Fort Wright / 2012

Jeff ersonville / 2012

Louisville / 2011 Evansville / 2012

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President Snyder signing a Statement of Support at the Indianapolis Campus (see Indianapolis)

Around the Regions E L KH ART Indiana Tech and Beacon Health System signed a memorandum of understanding to make it easier for Beacon Health System employees to obtain a degree. The partnership reduces tuition for BHS employees by 20 percent. Beacon Health System operates hospitals in Elkhart and South Bend and offices around Michiana. F IS H ERS The Fishers facility got a facelift with adjusted classroom sizes and new paint and carpet. The changes were made mid-summer, in preparation for the start of Session 1. KENDALLVILLE Carol Platt, CPS admissions representative for Kendallville/Fort Wayne, received the Volunteer of the Year from the Junior League of Fort Wayne. INDIANAP OLIS On July 20, president Snyder signed a Statement of Support, reaffirming Indiana Tech’s commitment to advocate for employee participation in the military.


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The Statement of Support Program is a key initiative of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an organization that works to gain and maintain employer support for the Guard and Reserve. Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units. Employers signing a statement of support pledge that: »» We fully recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). »» We will provide our managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve. »» We appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to employ Guardsmen, Reservists and Veterans. »» We will continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families in peace, in crisis and in war.

LO U I SV I L L E Indiana Tech recently agreed to memorandums of understanding with five companies based in Louisville. These agreements in tuition reductions make it easier for employees of these companies to attend school and obtain a degree. The most important MOU was forged with UPS as it covers all 395,000 UPS employees nationwide. Another national MOU was formed with Humana and it could help another 52,000 people. The other agreements were made with Crowne Plaza Hotels in Louisville, Trover Solutions and Family Scholar house. MI S H AWA KA The Mishawaka campus received a makeover during the summer with new paint, new carpeting and tile, new ceilings and a refreshed kitchen space.


Tech’s England shines at cyber security event Indiana Tech senior Turner England was one of four winners of the annual U.S. Cyber Challenge Eastern Regional Cyber Camp “Capture-the-Flag“ event in June. The cyber camp was held at Virginia Tech, and it drew more than 1,300 registrants.


Full steam ahead for the Cunningham Reinvention Project The whirlwind of activity that surrounded the Cunningham Business Center at the close of the 2014-15 school year has continued all summer long, keeping the Cunningham Reinvention Project on track for a January 2016 completion. When the center reopens, it will be a top-flight learning facility for Tech students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community at large. It will feature technologically savvy classrooms, collaborative spaces for teamwork, computer labs and media production facilities for creating and delivering online course content. In short, the strategic repurposing of this facility will keep students at the leading edge of education for years to come.

Works of Louis Bonsib on exhibit in the D’Agostino Art Gallery From now until the end of the year, the works of local painter Louis William Bonsib will be on display in our Franco D’Agostino Art Gallery, which is located in Indiana Tech’s Academic Center and open daily from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Louis Bonsib is best known in Fort Wayne history as a marketing and advertising pioneer. His Bonsib Advertising Agency, founded in 1924, became one of Indiana’s most highly regarded agencies of its time. Fortunately for the world, and for Indiana Tech, Mr. Bonsib also found time to pursue his passion of putting brush to canvas and become an accomplished painter.

Women in Leadership & Philanthropy at Indiana Tech

Welcome Brazilian students This summer, 36 Brazilian students arrived to study at Indiana Tech as part of the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. Launched in 2011 by the Brazilian government, the BSMP gives its emerging student leaders the opportunity to study at U.S. schools. Tech is a BSMP host institution, largely in part to its strong STEM-related offerings.

This spring, Indiana Tech formed the charter group for Women in Leadership & Philanthropy at Indiana Tech. This group will seek to engage women in the life of the university and unite them in their commitment to support Indiana Tech’s programs and scholars through philanthropy, volunteerism, leadership and mentoring. If you’d like to become an active member, contact Lisa Biers, director of annual fund, at 800.937.2448, ext. 2438, or email

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A Few Words With...

DUNCAN MC CORQUODALE DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES As director of admissions for Indiana Tech’s College of Professional Studies, Duncan McCorquodale cannot often be found sitting behind a desk in an office. He is usually on the road, traveling between and among most of Indiana Tech’s midwest campuses, but five in particular — those located in Indianapolis, Evansville, Jeffersonville, Louisville, Kentucky, and Fort Wright, Kentucky.


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T H E JOB McCorquodale estimates that he drives

and comprehensive

“When people tell me I don’t have time to do something, I tend to disagree with them.”

passion. “She can’t stand

the equivalent of three round-trip journeys

position that

to and from New York City every month.


At many colleges and universities, a director

currently holds was

of admissions oversees the approval and

created for him, in

rejection of applications on a single campus.

part, because his

McCorquodale’s job is quite different. He calls

supervisor recognized

himself a “player-coach.” “I am not a typical

that he had talents as a trainer

shave and hit road the by 6:30, when she’s

supervisor,” he said. “I am in the trenches

and a motivator.

in that 9-to-5 mode.


at Indiana Tech, McCorquodale said. “We

with the troops getting dirty.” McCorquodale’s job is to hire, train and lightly supervise “highly organized,

how much I enjoy my job,” he said. “She doesn’t understand why I roll out of bed at 5:30 in the morning, answer all my emails before 6a.m., shower,

“There’s an awful lot of us like that” Any reader who assumes based on the job

all work from 8a.m. to 8p.m. or, as I like to

self-managed work teams” — one team per

description that the director of admissions

train people, ‘Until the job is done,’” he said.

campus. Each team usually consists of

position can’t possibly fit into a 40-hour-

“There’s nothing traditional about any of

three admissions representatives and one

a-week framework would be absolutely

us who work here.”

enrollment assistant.

correct. And yet McCorquodale somehow

The reps don’t sit around waiting for potential students to come to them. They go

also finds time to study for his MBA. Indiana Tech employees are encouraged

McCorquodale retains some admissions rep duties and they bring him a lot of satisfaction because they allow him to

out into the community (and into the world)

to “better themselves through education,”

connect in a substantive way with students.

and tout the benefits of an Indiana Tech

McCorquodale said. “It would be irresponsible

“I still have my personal referral network

education to young people who are weighing

for us not to,” he said. “I’m 46 years old. I don’t

that’s out there referring to me people

their options. “Reps actively engage the

think I’m too old to continue learning, so

I signed up five or six years ago,” he said.

general public in regards to a recruiting goal,”

getting an MBA made sense.”

he said. “Reps will often recruit in a primary

One of the first things McCorquodale


geographical area, but will also meet with

does upon arriving home at 9 every evening

or talk to students from all over. I personally

is crack open a textbook. “When people tell

the price of admission” because he still

have students in Alaska, California and as far

me I don’t have time to do something,” he said,

makes himself available to any student who

away as England.”

“I tend to disagree with them.”

has questions about his or her schedule,

McCorquodale said a good admissions rep is “self-motivated, entrepreneurial, dedicated, has a full understanding of our mission, is a good listener and has a consultative attitude.” Yet a rep ultimately owes some credit

books, financial aid, and virtually any other D OW N T I M E Asked about his hobbies, McCorquodale

scholastic topic. “I become their conduit to everything,” he said. “I may not know all the

has to think for a little bit. “I used to have

answers but I know where to reach to get

hobbies,” he said. “I like working around the

the answers.”

for favorable outcomes to his or her

house. My wife has a honey-do list the length

enrollment assistant because the latter

of my arm.”

provides “all of the support mechanisms

McCorquodale said he himself is “worth

McCorquodale clearly isn’t afraid of

It’s not just about the students whose lives he has been able to touch, McCorquodale said. It’s about the students who have touched

to keep the admissions reps running,”

work but he rejects the word “workaholic.”

his. “Many have become friends or people

McCorquodale said.

“I think workaholics are people who have

that have asked me to be their reference for

problems, who have issues,” he said. “Very

a job interview,” he said. “Many I have taken

build and maintain this well-oiled admissions

often, workaholics don’t want to be at home

classes with. This is a community unlike

machine. He followed family out here seven

so they’d rather be at work.

any other that I have had the pleasure of

McCorquodale didn’t come to Indiana to

years ago from western New York State where he worked as a financial planner. McCorquodale joined Indiana Tech when it still had a more traditional admissions director system — when the position was a campus-based desk job. The more expansive

“For people I work with at Tech, there’s a

working for.”

bit of a passion,” McCorquodale said. “You’ll

There are many hands in “the success

never hear me complain about working 70

mix” at Indiana Tech, McCorquodale said.

hours a week.”

“So many people go above and beyond the

McCorquodale said his wife works far fewer hours at her job but she envies his

call of duty every day,” he said, “and much of it is unrecognized.”

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Indiana Tech Welcomes New Vice President for Academic Affairs John F. Shannon, Ph.D. John F. Shannon, Ph.D., became Indiana Tech’s vice president for academic affairs on June 29. “Dr. Shannon brings a long and successful track record in strategic planning, program development and support for student success

Indiana, since 2012. He first joined Trine in 2007 as dean and professor of the university’s Jannen School of Arts & Sciences. Prior to his tenure at Trine, Dr. Shannon served as dean and professor at the Middle East School III of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California from 2004-2007. From 1997-2004, he served at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, first as chair of the department of English (1997-1998) and then as director of the intensive English program (1998-2004).

to his role at Indiana Tech,” said Dr. Arthur E.

“It’s an honor to be selected as vice president

Snyder, Indiana Tech president. “His experience

for academic affairs at Indiana Tech,”

and skills as an academic leader will enable us

Shannon said. “The faculty and staff are an

to continue building on the strong foundation

outstanding team and the university continues

of academic quality and innovation that we’ve

to show impressive growth in its traditional

established here at Tech.”

undergraduate and College of Professional Studies programs. I’m excited to join such a

Dr. Shannon had served as vice president for

forward-thinking university and to help it pursue

academic affairs at Trine University in Angola,

new programs and opportunities.”

Debra P. Warren New Athletic Director Ohio native Debra P. Warren became Indiana Tech’s new athletic director on July 20. She replaced Martin Neuhoff, who retired as Indiana Tech’s athletic director on May 1. “Indiana Tech has a strong commitment to its athletic program and that is what attracted me to the job,” Warren said. “Athletics play a vibrant and positive role in the makeup of this university, and this program is on very solid ground. I am honored to have been chosen for this position!” Warren’s experience in college athletics is bountiful, spanning more than 30 years. She comes to Fort Wayne from Marymount University, where she was athletic director since 2010. The NCAA Division III school in Arlington, Virginia, has nearly 3,600 students and fields 17 athletic teams.


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Prior to that, Warren was AD at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York (2005-10), and Chowan University, Murfreesboro, North Carolina (200205). She was the interim Title IX coordinator at Marymount, the director of aquatic sports at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and served on four NCAA Championship Committees. “Athletics are extremely important to our school, and right now, there is a momentum attached to the program,” said Indiana Tech President Arthur E. Snyder. “It was important that we choose the right person to continue that forward progress and we accomplished that with the hiring of Debbie Warren. She brings a wealth of sound experience to our athletic program and I am confident she will do great things at Tech.”

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Faculty Update Adam Lamparello, Indiana Tech Law School professor, had his article “With All Deliberate Speed: NLRB v. Canning and the Case for Originalism” published in the Dayton Law Review.

Staci Lugar Brettin, assistant professor of marketing and management, represented Indiana Tech at a speaking engagement at the University of Notre Dame in July. Phebe E. Poydras, associate dean of library affairs for Indiana Tech Law School, was awarded the NAACP’s Cecil Ellis Academic Freedom Award in July by the organization’s Freedom Fund Committee. This award is given annually to recognize a college or university administrator or trustee, or a board of trustees as a group, in recognition of an outstanding contribution to academic freedom. Dr. Susan McGrade, English professor, and Stacy Lugar Brettin attended a Lilly Faculty Development-sponsored Creativity Workshop in New York City in August.

Tommy D. Tran, business instructor, was invited to be a key speaker in the seminar “Future Refugee Inclusion in the Workplace” during an Indiana Tech Ph.D. program event in April. Chuck MacLean and Adam Lamparello, Indiana Tech Law School professors, published “Experiential Legal Writing: The New Approach to Practicing Like a Lawyer” with LexisNexis publishing.



Charles E. MacLean, Indiana Tech Law School professor, wrote the book “DNA Phenotyping: Uses and Abuses in Criminal Investigations and Trials, in Kimberly Boies, DNA Evidence,” which will be published later this year.


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As part of Indiana Tech Magazine, we’ve introduced a feature called “Tech’s Top Picks,” we asked you, “What is your favorite one-day road trip?”


Jameka Robinson, computer science professor, participated in a panel discussion in March for Wyndham’s Women on Their Way program entitled “Women in Leadership and Creating Success in a Multigenerational Workplace.” Daniel Weber, business professor, presented “Preparing a Retirement Plan for a Bear Market” at the Mid-Sized Retirement & Health Plan Management Conference in Chicago in June.



Cindy Verduce, director of the career center and regional career services, was awarded the Distinguished Career Award from Career Development Professionals of Indiana in April.

andré douglas pond cummings, associate dean for admissions and student affairs at the Indiana Tech Law School had his article “Richard Delgado and Ice Cube: Brothers in Arms” published in 33 Minn. Law and Inequality Journal 321 earlier this year.


Culver, Indiana: It boasts the 5 second largest natural lake in the state (Lake Maxinkuckee), small shops (Diva, Fishers & Company), great local restaurants (Café Max, Lakeside Grille, Corndance), a great coffee shop, a root beer stand, a small theater and a public beach with park. 6 Sherrill Hamman, Associate Professor of Business


Metamora, Indiana: We enjoy this little town because there is something for just about everyone – history, shopping and train and canal rides.

Chicago: So many activities that are family-friendly. The museums are great, you can catch a ball game, go to the beach and find great food on every corner. Frank C. Kahn III Business Office Manager

Shipshewana, Indiana: Buggies, shopping and Amish-made food — what more could anyone ask for? The pie at Das Dutchman Essenhaus is the best. Amy Jagger Assistant Director of Human Resources

Angela Williams Financial Aid Officer 3


I love to go to the Indiana Dunes State Park beach. It’s not far, and it’s the closest thing to the ocean that you can see around here. Anne E. Rackley Admissions


Cindy Verduce Director of Indiana Tech’s Career Center 8

Retention Specialist, CPS

Pokagon State Park: It’s beautiful – great hiking and biking trails, swimming, fishing, horseback riding and picnics!

That’s easy, Ann Arbor, Michigan, for the Ann Arbor Art Fair!

My favorite quick trip would be to Indianapolis or even here in Ft. Wayne for a day with my family at the zoo. We love all of the animals and all of the rides. G. David Bokhart Men’s Soccer Coach

Courtney C. Shull Academic Coordinator

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2015 engineering summer camp round-up


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On a sunny weekday during an otherwise rainy June, a group of young people gathered in downtown Fort Wayne to race their remote control cars around the picturesque public spaces of Indiana Tech. School administrators didn’t just allow this to occur. They encouraged it. That’s because it wasn’t just for fun. It was, as Thomas Dolby once shouted:

“SCIENCE!” The racers were campers at Indiana Tech’s Summer Engineering Camp. For many kids and for many decades’ worth of kids, summer camp means and has always meant canoeing, hiking, archery and Calamine lotion. But for the last few summers at Indiana Tech, there’s been something new under the sun. The school’s weeklong Summer Engineering Camp is open to “high school students, which would mean students going into ninth grade all the way through seniors,” according to Indiana Tech’s dean for the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences, Dave Aschliman. Aschliman said 44 students attended this year

instructors have come up with a fun project when they “tell me what they’re planning and I say,

— 31 young men and 13 young women. The students

‘Oh, I would like to sit in the back row myself

typically hail from Indiana, Ohio and Illinois, he said,

and do the project.’”

but one past attendee came from California. Some

For this year’s fourth annual edition of the

students travel to the camp from big cities,

camp, which ran from June 14 through 19, the 10

like Chicago or Cincinnati, Aschliman said. There are

instructors were recruited from the school’s full-time

parents, he said, who search across the country for

faculty and from Fort Wayne industries, he said.

a certain summer camp experience for their math-

The camp is split into four major tracks: electrical

and-science-minded children, and they find

and computer engineering, computer sciences,

it at Indiana Tech.

biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering.

“This is fun,” Aschliman said of the engineering

Attendees are divided among the tracks according

camp’s programs. “Our goal is to get to high school

to preferences they express on their applications,

students that like math and science and really stir up

according to Aschliman.

their enthusiasm about engineering.” In place of the

The aforementioned racers were in the

more typical deep woods summer camp activities,

mechanical engineering track, using remote control

Indiana Tech offers engineering projects and

cars as a way of understanding vehicle durability


testing, according to Les Grundman, associate

Aschliman said he always knows that the camp’s

professor of mechanical engineering at Indiana Tech.

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College-grade challenges the projects that camp instructors have devised have been so good that they’ve been introduced in various forms to freshmen during the Indiana Tech academic year Grundman knows a lot about this topic, having worked at Navistar for several decades. Grundman put trucks through their paces at Navistar.

done some soldering before but had never “made

the computer. Fort Wayne’s Mackie Schroeter, 16,

anything quite this advanced.”

assisted by applying saline solution to the electrodes.

Campers in the electrical and computer

Once a strong link was established, Page set about

He simulated speeds of up to 5,000 miles an hour

engineering track, Aschliman said, were also

teaching the computer which parts of her brain

to test the durability of truck cabs.

scheduled to go a little retro this year by building

controlled various bodily movements. Eventually, the

AM radios. Building homemade radios has been a

computer was able to translate these neural impulses

Grundman was teaching him about four-

rite of passage among scientifically and mechanically

into commands that controlled the movement of the

bar linkages, which are used in some vehicle

minded teens in the U.S. for roughly a century,

3D block. Desai said this technology helps people

suspensions. Earlier in the week, Kleinhans said

according to a radio history website known as Jim’s

who are paralyzed use robotic limbs and more

he accidentally shocked himself taking apart a

Radios. Building homemade radios even predates the

elaborate exoskeletons.

camera. “I was the only one smart enough to

first commercial radio broadcast in America and the

shock myself,” he said.

rollout of the first factory-made radios.

Bailey Kleinhans, 15, of Fort Wayne, said

Kleinhans doesn’t quite know what he wants to

In another part of the same building, campers

Campers in the computer science track, Aschliman said, were scheduled to build what is known as a Raspberry Pi computer. The Raspberry

do with his life yet but he does know that “it’s just

in the biomedical engineering track were moving

Pi computer, according to the Raspberry Pi

kind of fun being able to build things.” Even things

blocks with their minds. Or, as Yoda might say,

Foundation website, “is a low cost, credit-card sized

that can shock a person, presumably.

“Move blocks with their minds, they did.”

computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV,

Aschliman said campers in the mechanical

The blocks were digital and the campers moved

and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. “It is,” the foundation wrote, “a capable little

engineering track were also scheduled to fly remote

them around on a monitor using a brain-computer

control helicopters through obstacle courses they’d

interface or BCI, according to Jaydip Desai, assistant

device that enables people of all ages to explore

designed and built themselves out of PVC pipe and

professor of biomedical engineering in the College of

computing, and to learn how to program in

to print self-created emblems on key chains using

Engineering at Indiana Tech.

languages like Scratch and Python. It’s capable of

Earlier, these same campers had dissected pig

a 3D printer. In a nearby building, senior computer engineering major Ben Compton was helping campers build mice. Not rodents or computer

doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to

hearts and sheep brains and this was the futuristic

do, from browsing the internet and playing high-

antithesis of that viscerally analog activity.

definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-

Savannah Legg, a 17-year-old senior at

processing, and playing games.” Raspberry Pi computers have been turned into

pointers but robots: line-tracking mouse robots

Northridge High School in Johnstown, Ohio, said

designed to follow a black line on the floor.

she’d seen things like a BCI online but “never

music machines and weather stations, according to

dreamed I’d be doing it myself.” Legg said she favors

the foundation.

Alex Forsythe, 16, of Huntington said she chose the camp’s electrical and computer engineering track

biomedical engineering because it “betters lives” and

because she loves engineering but just isn’t sure

because it is a “super-fast-growing field.”

which branch she wants to focus on.

Coren Page, a 14-year-old student at the Fort

“I have always been interested in engineering,”

Wayne college prep school known as East Allen

she said, “but I wanted to see if electrical engineering

University, volunteered to strap herself into the

is the exact thing I want to do.” Forsythe said she’d

16-electrode headgear and make contact with


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The projects that camp instructors have devised up to now have been so good and useful, Aschliman said, that they’ve been introduced in various forms to freshmen during the Indiana Tech academic year. While attending the engineering camp, students stay in dorms on campus where they have a 24-hour-

a-day support system. Indiana Tech students serve as Resident Assistants. Available pastimes are never limited to the scientific, Aschliman said. “We plan lots of activities and lots of food. Kids are always hungry.” Pre- and post-class activities can include Frisbee, bowling and a movie night. Aschliman said he sees a young version of himself in many of these young people. “I have to laugh,” he said. “I look at the kids and I say, ‘That’s what I looked like when I was in high school.’ They’re the kids that like the math and the science courses and they’re trying to figure out what they want to do — what they want to do in high school and beyond.” Aschliman’s goal with the summer program is to create an enthusiasm in these young people for engineering that endures long after they’ve departed the camp. He hopes this enthusiasm carries them to institutes of higher learning — especially Indiana Tech. “We’ve been able to capture some of these students to come here long-term as college students,”

friendly competition Students race the robot cars they built from scratch. on-board sensors help the cars follow the solid black lines

Aschliman said. “I estimate about five students every year.” Aschliman said there may be room to expand and modify the summer program in the future, but one thing Indiana Tech probably won’t do is remove a 50-student cap. “We don’t want to go larger than 50,” he said. His only goal for the immediate future is to encourage instructors to keep coming up with new projects. “We do have a few students who want to come back a second year,” he said.

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One thousand and seventy-two qualified. Eight hundred and eighty-one came from Indiana. Twenty-nine were citizens of countries other than the United States. Nine hundred and twelve graduated with an undergraduate degree. One hundred and twenty-two earned a master’s; nine earned a Ph.D. Twenty-five finished with a 4.0 GPA.

All left with a sense of accomplishment in their heads and happiness in their hearts.


2015 As family and friends raucously

speaker, having addressed thousands of

Stephanie Perez Trujillo, the Industrial

cheered them on, just over 700 students

executives in organizations ranging from

& Manufacturing Engineering Student

walked across the Allen County War

Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits.

of the Year, also shared words of wisdom

Memorial Coliseum stage to receive

He has written more than 90 books,

with the crowd, and capped here address

their diploma during Indiana Tech’s

including February’s release “21 Great

with, “Dream, prepare and go pursue

94th Commencement. The ceremony,

Leaders: Learn Their Lessons, Improve

your dreams until you achieve them.”

which was held on Saturday, May 16,

Your Influence.” English professor Susan McGrade

honored Indiana Tech graduates from His discussion focused on the qualities

was also honored as the university’s

that go into making a good leader.

Faculty of the Year winner. Each year,

This year’s keynote speaker was Pat

“To be a leader of excellence, you

a committee of students in traditional

Williams, the co-founder and senior vice

must – underline must – be a lifelong

programs and the College of Professional

president of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

learner,” he said, before emphasizing

Studies chooses the winner from

In addition to his role with the Magic,

the importance of pursuing a master’s

nominations submitted by students.

Mr. Williams is a respected motivational

degree and reading.

all sites and online.


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Outstanding Graduates for 2015 On April 11, 2015, Indiana Tech announced 32 of the university’s top students as Outstanding Graduates for 2015. The selections were determined primarily by direct faculty input. Outstanding graduates were chosen in majors within each college as well as the College of Professional Studies.

Overall College

Computer Science:

College of Professional

of Business:

Jeremy Wohltman

Studies – South Undergraduate:

Ashley Benvenuti Computer Security

Katarzyna Yarbrough


& Investigation:

Mitchell Wilson

Faris Jalalluddin

Business Administration

Information Systems:


– Human Resources:

Weston Hegerfeld

Susan Byrd


College of Professional

Christopher Trzynka

Studies – Fort Wayne

College of Professional Studies – Online

Emily Bell Business Administration  – Management: Natalia Salcedo

Graduate: Software Engineering:

Baily Beiswanger

Jacob Lutz Business Administration

College of Professional

– Marketing:

Overall College

Studies – Northwest

Zachary McConnell

of General Studies:


Holly Fox

Tina Healey

– Sports Management:


College of Professional

Zachary Pfafman

Caitlin Hobbs

Studies – South

Fashion Marketing

Criminal Justice:

& Management:

Kelsey Hostetter

Business Administration



College of Professional

Jessica Cotton Overall College

Charles Lasley

Elementary Education:

Studies – Online

Juliaclare Plezbert


of Engineering and

Tabitha Garcia

Biomedical Engineering:

Physical Education:

Dora Culton

Aaron Kimbrell

Energy Engineering:


Lauren Allard

Kevin Goehring

Intern of the Year: Ashley Benvenuti Torrelyn Murphy Intern of the Year


Recreation Therapy:

runners up:

& Manufacturing

Emma Lang

Lauren Allard

Engineering: Stephanie Perez Trujillo


Photos from

Paulo Delgadillo College of Professional

Samuel Didion

Studies – Fort Wayne

Zachary Katter




Tammy Young

Timothy Greuter

the outstanding graduates awards banquet

Employer of the Year:


Ashley Benvenuti

Steel Dynamics


Holly Fox


Dora Culton


Jamie Hiss

College of Professional Overall School of

Studies – Northwest

Computer Sciences:


Jamie Hiss

Jacob Smith



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To be a leader of excellence you must—underline must— be a lifelong learner. Pat Williams, co-founder and senior vice president of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, and Indiana Tech’s 2015 commencement speaker

The 2015 Faculty of the Year award winner was English professor Susan McGrade Each year at commencement, Indiana Tech honors one faculty member with the Faculty of the Year award. A committee of students in traditional programs and the College of Professional Studies chooses the winner from nominations submitted by students. The award recipient demonstrates excellence in teaching in the following ways: Ò Knows the subject matter well and effectively teaches

Ò Models the kind of behavior he or she desires in the students

the material Ò Provides opportunities for Ò Has high expectations and helps

learning and growth to students

the students to achieve them Ò Builds strong relationships with Ò Is approachable and willing to help individual students


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students and colleagues

Congratulations Class of 2015 Best of luck!

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Founded in 1930 by John Kalbfleisch, Indiana Tech had a mere eight students enrolled when the school first opened its doors. Today, more than 9,000 study with us at our campus in Fort Wayne, at locations around Indiana, Kentucky and the Chicago area, and online. The decades in between have seen our alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university achieve much in their careers and in life.


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Throughout this 85th anniversary year,

on the hardwood. A sharp sense of humor

each issue of Indiana Tech Magazine will

may have led you to be a contributor

feature a look back at our shared history.

to the “Creepiongan.” You might have

We hope you’ll share your experiences,

been among the first to study with us

memories and photos with us, too.

outside of Fort Wayne, whether through correspondence courses, in Indianapolis,

Perhaps you were here during the time

or, through the years, as we’ve grown to

of Archie Keene, renowned to this day

other locales and online courses.

among alumni for his commitment to students and to Indiana Tech. You might

Each member of the Warrior family has

have researched that senior project in the

contributed to our rich history. Our future

very first McMillen Library. Maybe you

looks bright as a result.

helped seal a victory over rival Tri-State

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Want to see more? Indiana Tech yearbooks can be viewed online at:

Share your memories of your time at Indiana Tech by contacting Arienne Juliano, director of alumni relations, at 260.399.2847, or

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From the Desk of Arienne Juliano I am so amazed by our Warrior Family. These past

On that note, I feel as though this entire issue

few months have been wonderful listening to and

is about celebration—from our Tech happenings

seeing in person all the great stories of success,

and graduation highlights to welcoming another

outreach, volunteerism, and philanthropy…it makes

season and a new school year, and another time for

me proud to be a Warrior! In fact, this spring was not

celebration. This year, Indiana Tech is celebrating

only my first graduation at Indiana Tech, but I, too,

its 85th anniversary! We have so many exciting

was a graduate, and I was so moved by everything

events planned during our Homecoming Weekend

about that day—the outpouring of support, the

2015, so if you haven’t had a chance to look at the

emotions that our graduates, family, and friends felt,

schedule or register for events, you can find it all

and the dedication shown by our faculty, staff, and

at In addition,

supporters. It was such a wonderful time, and if you

we’ll be hosting Gala 85 on Sept. 19, 2015, to celebrate

haven’t had the chance to experience it first-hand,

Tech’s anniversary with a night of dinner and

I invite you to do so next year on May 14, 2016.

dancing. Join us! You can get more details on the event at, or call me at

Of course, the entire journey to graduation day

800.937.2448, ext. 2418. I would love to talk with

wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our

you about any details on this exciting weekend!

alumni. Your time, talent, mentoring, and support helps our students succeed and go on to engage in

I hope the coming months treat you all well. If I

their careers and lives as successful adults. So thank

don’t have the chance to meet you at Homecoming,

you to all of you who help support Tech. You make a

feel free to reach out anytime. Share a story, your

huge difference in the lives of our students. This fall,

thoughts, or just let us know how you’re doing! In

we welcome a new class of students that will begin

return, I will keep sharing Indiana Tech’s story with

their journey to graduation, and again we are able to

you, throughout the seasons.

help support them because of you! Be a Warrior Today!


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Keep us connected! Your stories are what makes Indiana Tech proud—and we want to hear from you! In fact, we want to share your stories here in Indiana Tech Magazine. Share your successes, update your information, learn about the Alumni Association, and find ways to connect with your peers, friends, and faculty members on our website at You can also email your updates to Indiana Tech Alumni Group @IndianaTechAlum Indiana Institute of Technology

Alumni Notes Lisa Biers, MBA 2015, joined the Indiana Tech Institutional Advancement

Arienne Juliano, MBA 2015, joined the Indiana Tech Institutional

team as director of annual fund.

Advancement team as director of alumni relations.

Rick Gesue, BSME 1962, began his 27th year as a volunteer for “Voice

Pat Purdy, BSCE 1974, was Winner of the “Best Backyards in the ‘Burgh’:

of Special Olympics Maryland,” and participated in the Maryland State

Franklin Park” by WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, PA.

Police Polar Bear Plunge as the emcee for the 18th year — an event that has surpassed $30 Million in fundraising for Special Olympics Maryland.

Glenn Repp, BSME 1953, retired from Chance Vought Aircraft Company

Gesue also received the Volunteer of Year award for the Cool Kids

(now Lockheed) as a flight test projects manager.

Campaign for young folks with cancer. He also invented Sillites, a product that is twice-patented and licensed with a manufacturer.

Loni Robertson, ASCJ, BSPSY 2014, is a Research Associate at the Gateway

Matthew Henry, BSBA 2013, is now the onboarding specialist in HR

on a study called “Naloxone: Increasing Access, Saving Lives,” which provides

at Maple Leaf Farms in Milford, Indiana, and has most recently received

overdose prevention and education to patients and their family members

a promotion to expand his roles and activities in the HR department.

upon completion of treatment and enrollment in the research study.

Rehabilitation Center in the greater Pittsburgh area and is currently working

Raymond Herzog, BSEE 1961, recently retired from a technical writing career

Heinz Wegener, BSEE ’70, and wife Nanalee hosted Atlanta-area alums at

spanning three decades. Raymond spent nine years in aerospace engineering,

a dinner in Dunwoody, Georgia, on May 21. Indiana Tech president Arthur

three years in test-equipment marketing, and 28 years as an associate editor

Snyder gave a talk on today’s Tech and a look ahead to what’s next for the

and market research director for an engineering magazine, along with

university. Alumni and guests in attendance included Art ’66 and Joyce

freelance technical writing.

Hammond; Gregory Branson ’14; David Holder ’13; Pete Klokow ’73 and Ellen Frank; Musa ’53, Josephine and Jennifer Marto; Charles ’59 and Jo Ann Monroe; Dave Paul ’61; Don Ratajczak ‘67; and Jim ’56 and Sigrid Spitler.

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We have learned of the

If you would like to send a memorial gift

deaths of the following

to honor someone, please contact

alumni and friends.

Brian Engelhart at 800.937.2448, ext. 2299

Howard L. Ackerman Saginaw, MI BSCE 1951

Farzan Farmanara Santa Maria, CA BSME 1982

David G. McComb Renton, WA BSEE 1969

Larry K. Sterling Crawfordsville, IN BSME 1961

Frank D. Albert Wheat Ridge, CO BSCHE 1940

James P. Fay Florence, NJ BSME 1971

Ruben R. Melo Vancouver, WA BSCE 1949

Fancher B. Wakefield Port St. Lucie, FL BSAEE 1950

Charles B. Amick Kansas City, MO BSCE 1949

Albert A. Freyler Utica, NY BSAEE 1955

William “Virgil” Miller Delaware, OH BSME 1952

Theresa “Terry” A. Whann Traverse City, MI BSRM 1979

Vaughn M. Benson Osceola, IN Attended Indiana Tech

Arnold R. Gilmore Reno, NV BSRE 1951

Richard B. Mote Bloomington, IL BSEE 1956

Robert D. Yantz, Jr. Warsaw, IN MBA 2002

Thomas D. Boker Jersey City, NJ BSCE 1971

Thomas E. Haley Fort Wayne, IN BSEE 1965

Thomas L. O’Neill San Jose, CA BSME 1958

Edward J. Bonaccorsi Warwick, RI BSCE 1949

Lionel Hinojosa San Jose, CA BSEE 1952

John L. Pawlisch Fort Wayne, IN BSEE 1948

Michael A. Bowen Chelsea, MI BSAEE 1958

Edward A. Holub Binghamton, NY BSME 1961

Roy F. Petersen Keller, TX BSELE 1959

Stanley A. Clemenz Pensacola, FL BSEE 1942

Raymond L. Hudson Titusville, FL BSELE 1962

Richard L. Phillips, Sr. Fort Wayne, IN BSME 1948

Forrest W. Coffer Alameda, CA BSCE 1958

Jacqui C. Keene Indianapolis, IN Attended Indiana Tech

George Ralich Salem, OH BSME 1954

Manuel P. Costa Cleveland, OH BSAEE 1948

Nicholas Lazarchick, Jr. Rockville, MD BSEE 1960

John G. Rumble Charlotte, NC BSME 1991

Dale A. Dreher Hicksville, OH BSME 1967

Kenneth A. Martin Fort Myers, FL BSAEE 1961

Briggitte B. Sanders Indianapolis, IN BSBA 2004

Gene B. Durand Sunnyvale, CA BSAEE 1965

Charles N. Massey Grand Junction, CO BSEE 1950

F. Lee Shrawder Kempton, PA BS Mechanical Drafting Diploma 1958


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Remember this? Greg Simmermacher ’73 Did

When Greg Simmermacher, BSEE 1973, paged through the spring 2015 issue of Indiana Tech Magazine, he was reminded of his time at Indiana Tech and the special memories he still has of his time here. Greg reached out to our office in Alumni Relations and shared his story with us:


“As I will soon be turning 64 years old, I am

standing next to him looks familiar but I can't

reminded of a few Indiana Tech graduates, professors

remember his name).

and friends from Fort Wayne I knew very well during my time at Tech, 1969-1973, who are no longer

I had Dr. Caiola for chemistry for a term or two.

with us. It makes me feel lucky to be alive

He was a very colorful person who had a great

and enjoying good health.

passion for his work. I remember Dr. Caiola very well, especially the way he sincerely cared about

In regard to the back page from the recent Spring

his students. Chemistry was not one of my stronger

Indiana Tech Alumni magazine, yes I still have a

subjects, but he made it interesting, to me especially.

copy of the 1970-72 gray colored catalog. The picture of the chemistry professor shown on the back page

Oh the memories of Indiana Tech, mostly good

is none other than Dr. Robert Caiola (the student

and very special…”

Thank you, Greg, for sharing your memory!

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