Each year, Rose-Hulman honors alumni with the Career Achievement Award. Recipients of this award have graduated twenty years ago and are selected based on their achievements within their communities and respective professions. Honorees are recognized at the Student Honors and Awards Ceremony held in the spring. The award, formerly known as the Distinguished Young Alumni Award, was renamed in 2003.

2017 Recipients

Benjamin Smith, M.D., 1997
Primary Care Physician, Breckinridge Health, Inc.


As a family physician, Ben provides primary health care for Breckinridge County, a medically underserved region in west-central Kentucky. He works at Breckinridge Health Inc. (Hardinsburg, Ky.) to provide inpatient, outpatient and nursing home care for residents, serving on call 24 hours a day for two to three months at a time. He completed a medical degree from Indiana University after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Rose-Hulman with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. In the community, Ben has been president of the Breckinridge County Community Center, a nonprofit organization bringing recreation to local citizens, and is a worship/music leader at a community church. He also was recognized as the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife’s Landowner of the Year in 2006 for his land and wildlife conservation efforts to preserve quail, songbird and bat populations in the region. Ben and his wife, Crystal, have three children, John Roland, Lincoln and Shelton.

Tiffany Trusty, 1997
Trusty Applications

Tiffany has a passion for technology and entrepreneurship, and inspiring more women to pursue careers in the tech sector. She was Rose-Hulman’s second female graduate (electrical engineering, 1997). Her career has included working on software engineering projects for Motorola and REDUX, becoming a mentor and director of the apprentice program for the Eleven Fifty Academy, and now developing software for her own clients through her Trusty Applications enterprise. Along the way, she also earned a master’s degree in engineering management from Rose-Hulman in 2007. Tiffany supports Indiana and national efforts for the Women in STEM initiative, has been a longtime board member and communications officer for Indianapolis’ Women & Hi Tech group, is a member of the National Center for Women in IT Affinity Group Alliance, and has been a speaker at several events and conferences, including the 2016 Indiana Conference for Women, the Developer’s Workshop Conference, Conner Prairie’s Passport to Hi-Tech and Rose-Hulman’s Make It Happen Club. Tiffany is married to her husband, Micah Trusty '97.

 

Past Recipients

1982
William Schindel '69
1983
Niles Noblitt '73
1984
Kenneth Susnjara '69
Glen Raque '69
Peter Doenges '69
1985
Paul Wycoff '66
Bruce Cahill '70
Gregory Dawe '71

1986
Richard Christman '72
Fred Clayton '70
1987
Edward McDevitt '68
John Malmquist '69
William Gurley '70
1988
Joseph Rodriguez '71
Dennis Smith '71
David Poole '69
1989
Charles Boesenberg '70
W. John Weinhardt '72
William Burkhart '69
Donald Ings '70

1990
Dennis Banks '70
Steven Goble '71
Russell Sparks '70
JQ Delap '70
1991
D. Craig Winn '73
Charles Sweeney '72
Michael Mussallem '74
Gregory Shutske '71
1992
David Burgner '72
Mark Campbell '72
Mark Owens '72
Jerry Bissey '72
Robert Marks '72

1993
R. Scott Koehne '73
Dan Price '75
David Robinson '73
1994
James Gilman '74
Douglas Winner '74
L. Michael Mueller '75
Dennis Paustenbach' 74

1995
Michael Patrick '75
Steven Eisenbrown '76
Mark Pierce '75
Warren Mickens '77
1996
Michael Gambrell '76
Brad Hunt '76
Brian McCarty '76
David Jones '77
1997
Robbin Banerjee '78
Gerald Matthews '77
Richard Stanley '78
Michael Huff '78
1998
Dennis Grannan '79
R. Allen Shipp '78
Jeffrey McCreary '79
Erik Jansen '78
Joseph Doner '78
Earl Stalter '79

1999
Stephen Gillman '79
Douglas Stearley '79
James Huston '80
Stephen Darbin '79
2000
Timothy Jackson '79
Donald Umpleby '80
Eric Viscito '80
Charles Sigman '80
Joseph Haniford '80
2001
David Hannum '81
Stephen Kennedy '81
Stephen Jenison '81
David Boodt '81
2002
Curt Bilby '82
Eric Mooney '82
Lawrence Alldredge '82
Ben Brian '82
2003
Jeffrey Trang '83
Ralph Wagle '83
Andrew Meyer '83
Steve Nowak '83
2004
William Martini '84
Joseph Kunkel '84
Michael Hines ' 84
Gregg Lowe  '84
2005
Jeffrey Gilbert '85
Thomas VanderLaan '85
Morgan Tharp '85
Mark Federle '85

2006
Robert Nordyke '86
Richard Correll '86
Steven Maier '86
David Lakey '86
2007
John Lueken '87
W. Darin Moody '87
Michael Radomsky '87
Gregory Smith '87

2008
M. Andrew Williams '88
Douglas Ankney '88
Nathan Wright '88
2009
David Reynolds '89
Brenton Young '89
Evan Kokoska '89
2010
Michael Hoffa '90
Brian Runkle '90
Barry Schneider '90
2011
Michael Crist '91
Todd Brown '91
Joseph Matthews '91
2012
Jason Karlen '92
Christopher Lanker '92
John Mayo '92
Kenneth Koziol '92

2013
Steven Bakota '93
Jeffrey Papa '93
Jeffrey Haggerty '93
2014
Todd Wilkerson '94
Scott Slisher '94
Gregory Hubbard '94
David Olivencia '94
2015
A'gnes Berzsenyi '95
R. Michael Meneghini '95
Brian Desharnais '95
Timothy Sublette '95
2016
Tony Ragucci '96
David Orr '96
Jeffrey Ready '96
Reinhard Koenig '96