THE ENTREPRENEURIAL INSTITUTE
TODAYâ€™S WORLD DEMANDS ENTREPRENEURIAL THINKING. We need men and women who combine technical knowledge with innovative thinking. Individuals who ask critical questions and propose creative solutions.
ROSE-HULMAN is meeting that challenge.
If you spend much time around the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology campus, you’re as likely to hear the phrase “entrepreneurial mindset” as you are “dynamic load,” “particulate processes” or “waveform.”
s an institution dedicated to preparing its graduates to make valuable and immediate contributions to the marketplace, Rose-Hulman has recognized that an entrepreneurial mindset—and all that phrase embodies— has become an essential component of an education that prepares students for the world. “We’re producing graduates who know how to create value,” says President Jim Conwell. “This requires that we embrace an entrepreneurial mindset, preparing students to analyze problems from new angles, envision creative solutions, and initiate new products and services. It means creating professionals who can contribute in a marketplace that values innovative approaches and disruptive technologies.”
After all, when you are traditionally ranked No. 1 for undergraduate engineering education and are among the nation’s top colleges for STEM disciplines, routinely listed among the best four-year colleges in America, and consistently listed in the top 10 in such categories as professor accessibility, career services, lab facilities, value, and opportunities for female students, you don’t want to disturb your winning essence.
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The Princeton Review ranks Rose-Hulman eighth for “Colleges That Pay You Back” and fifth for career placement in its 2016 The Best 380 Colleges.
The institute celebrates 20 years of coeducation with a record number of female first-year students and an all-time-high female population.
For the 17th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report names Rose-Hulman the nation’s top undergraduate engineering college, ranking it No. 1 in six academic programs: biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering.
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Of course, even as Rose-Hulman pursues this mindset, it does so with a careful eye toward preserving the institute’s essential core: the high standards of academic preparation and technical training that the nation’s leading corporations have come to expect from Rose-Hulman.
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THE ENTREPRENEURIAL ENGINEER
You have to have the knowledge and expertise to back up the entrepreneurial mindset.” – Grant Hoffman, Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship
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The Institute announces a new academic degree program in biomathematics.
Distinguished alumnus Abe Silverstein (mechanical engineering, 1929) is inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame for his contributions to America’s Apollo space program.
The Homework Hotline announces an educational partnership with three campuses of Penn State University — the third such arrangement with other universities.
Rose-Hulman’s participation in the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) is nominated for a Corporate Entrepreneur Award, alongside Adobe, MasterCard, The New York Times, Barclays and John Hancock.
Steven P. Brady is named vice president for institutional advancement.
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“You need that balance,” says Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship Grant Hoffman. “You have to have the knowledge and expertise to back up the entrepreneurial mindset.”
That’s why Rose-Hulman connects entrepreneurialism across disciplines and traditional academic silos. While some engineering schools—and universities in general— might offer a couple of classes in entrepreneurialism, Rose-Hulman instills an entrepreneurial mindset in classrooms and labs dedicated to everything from creating hip replacements to developing more fuel-efficient vehicles.
We’re teaching students to get creative about solving problems, and showing them how their skill sets can have a big impact on business, society and their world.”
As a result, entrepreneurialism touches every aspect of RoseHulman, from the content being taught in its classrooms to the overall student experience, and from the programs aimed at giving students hands-on experiences to the relationships the institute has with its corporate partners.
Of course, being entrepreneurial – Elizabeth Hagerman, Vice President for means a lot more than starting Corporate Engagement and Rose-Hulman Ventures a business or launching a new product. In the past, entrepreneurs were thought of as individuals who went out on their “We’re not just training people to be engineers,” says own to create something brand new; however, today the Elizabeth Hagerman, vice president for corporate engagement creative energies and innovative approaches inherent in and Rose-Hulman Ventures. “We’re teaching students to get entrepreneurs have found their place in incredibly creative about solving problems, and showing them how diverse settings. their skill sets can have a big impact on business, society and their world.”
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The Economist ranks Rose-Hulman 23rd for top economic value among U.S. four-year colleges and universities.
Graduate student Sarah Jensen is named an NCAA Division III Academic All-American volleyball player.
NASA selects physics and optical engineering professor Paul Leisher for a $500,000 grant to work with Rose-Hulman undergraduate- and graduate-level students on semiconductor lasers that will enable high-speed free-space optical communications.
The Kern Family Foundation recognizes Rose-Hulman with the 2015 Best in Class Award among educational institutions in the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN).
A MarketWatch.com study highlights Rose-Hulman for providing opportunities for women in STEM fields, advancing female students’ ambitions in STEM, and preparing women for careers historically dominated by male graduates.
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Tradition is important; however, when you are sending your graduates out into a changing world, where even the most conservative and staid corporations are demanding engineers who are creative, innovative and disruptive, you do both the students and the marketplace a disservice if you don’t embrace the changing environment and prepare your students accordingly.
THE ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE: BUILDING ON EXCELLENCE
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The 2015 National Survey of Student Engagement highlights Rose-Hulman for collaborative learning, studentfaculty interactions, effective teaching practices, discussion with diverse others, quantitative reasoning and quality of interactions.
Rose-Hulman is cited as one of the nation’s best colleges for return on investment by the Princeton Review’s 2016 Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.
The Rose-Hulman and Terre Haute communities join alumni and family members of the late President Emeritus Samuel F. Hulbert to celebrate the life and times of the institute’s 11th president.
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As much fun as this sounds, the experience was serious on a couple of fronts. First of all, the toys the students created were for children with disabilities; second, the students were participating in a pilot course for a multi-disciplinary program in engineering design. Conceived through Rose-Hulman’s ongoing effort to introduce entrepreneurial thinking into all aspects of the academic experience, the new engineering design program is one of many ways the institute is working to prepare
students for a workplace that values technical excellence combined with creative thinking. “Entrepreneurial programs like engineering design are different from your standard academic thinking,” says Vice President for Academic Affairs Anne Houtman. “They teach students to say, ‘How can we solve a problem?’ rather than, ‘Here’s some cool stuff I can do.’” Houtman says programs like engineering design are a reflection of President Conwell’s challenge to revolutionize STEM education. Indeed the campus is filled with examples of this mission, with every academic discipline being urged to encourage entrepreneurial thinking. This effort is visible in a number of ways, with examples including: Escalate, a entrepreneurially focused living and learning community supported by a Lilly Endowment Inc. grant; the creation of the institute’s first Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship within the Department of Engineering Management; and the establishment of entrepreneurship-focused internships, campus workshops, and information exchanges with entrepreneurs and small-business owners.
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Linda and Mike Mussallem donate a $9-million lead gift toward the expansion and renovation of the Hulman Memorial Student Union.
Mechanical engineering and physics student Ben Stevens is named a Goldwater Scholar, among the nation’s highest honors for undergraduate students in mathematics, science and engineering.
Anne Houtman is named vice president for academic affairs.
PayScale Inc.’s 2016 College ROI Report ranks Rose-Hulman as the No. 1 Indiana college or university and among the best nationally. Business Insider highlights Rose-Hulman as one of the nation’s top 15 best-value colleges.
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New twist on Operation game
his past summer, before fall quarter classes officially began, eight first-year Rose-Hulman students spent five weeks on campus redesigning toys with a serious purpose. They created an Operation-style game that employed a “Star Wars” theme, a backpack that talked like the “Star Wars” movie character Yoda, and a joystick-controlled car.
‘BEST IN CLASS’ The institute’s efforts have not gone unnoticed—or unrewarded. The Kern Family Foundation gave RoseHulman a $2.25 million grant to support development of entrepreneurially minded programs, and the school was recognized by the foundation as Best in Class in the Kern Entrepreneurial Education Network (see story below). The engineering design summer course, a prototype for the new degree program, is one of the clearest demonstrations of RoseHulman’s entrepreneurship focus. In a collaboration with Terre Haute’s Reach Services, an agency serving people with disabilities, the program challenged students to design toys that could be used by Reach’s clients.
“They learned to focus on stakeholders and their needs,” Brackin says. “They realized that, when you design something, you have more than just technical considerations. You also have things like social and environmental considerations.” To help students think more broadly, the engineering design program balanced technical guidance with instruction in the humanities, rhetoric, graphical communications, composition, and more.
We’re making sure we enhance what we offer our students and, ultimately, the people who employ them, without affecting our core engineering education.” – Anne Houtman,
“The challenge for us is to embrace this multi-disciplinary approach without taking away from the excellence we already have in place,” Houtman says. “We’re making sure we enhance what we offer our students and, ultimately, the people who employ them, without affecting our core engineering education.”
This relationship colored the student Vice President for Academic Affairs experience in a couple of ways, says One sign of success in that pursuit Mechanical Engineering Professor lies in the enthusiasm with which Rose-Hulman faculty have Patsy Brackin, who leads the engineering design program. embraced the entrepreneurial mindset. Professor of Practice First of all, it challenged the students to solve real problems Hoffman says he has been impressed by the buy-in among for real clients—not to simply solve challenges posed by the institute’s professors. professors or textbooks. Second, it forced students to think and collaborate across disciplines and considerations, “People are getting it, they’re getting on board,” Hoffman from mechanical and software engineering to language says. “They know that, without this mindset, our graduates and accessibility. are going to get left behind.”
In its effort to develop entrepreneurial problem-solving in students, RoseHulman has found a kindred spirit in the Kern Family Foundation, which was established by entrepreneurs Robert and Patricia Kern to provide opportunities for the rising generation, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. A few years ago, the institute was welcomed into the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), a national effort by the foundation to align engineering colleges to produce graduates who possess the attributes essential to the entrepreneurial environment of today’s marketplace.
A BOOST TO ENTREPRENEURIAL THINKING The network now includes 24 schools, mostly private colleges. That relationship has yielded a $2.25-million grant that is helping to support the institute’s entrepreneurial drive. Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship Grant Hoffman says that grant has helped to support course and program development, engage faculty, and provide for student experiences.
Judging by recent recognitions, the foundation believes Rose-Hulman is on the right track. In 2015, the institute was nominated for a Corporate Entrepreneur Award, alongside such corporate icons as Adobe, MasterCard, The New York Times, Barclays and John Hancock. And then, in 2016, Rose-Hulman received the 2015 Best in Class Award among KEEN educational institutions. “Our program is focused on changing the mindset of the faculty and the student,” Hoffman says. “These awards are an indication that we’re on the right track.”
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Professor David Fisher examines a student-designed mobile robot that utilizes microcontroller platforms and GPS technology to deliver items to assigned areas across a large field.
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The Portal Resource for Indiana Science and Mathematics (PRISM) program is recognized by the Indiana Department of Education for providing promising practices in math and science education for the Vigo County School Corporation.
TechPoint’s Mira Awards program recognizes mechanical engineering professor David Fisher (pictured above) as a finalist for Tech Educator of the Year, and student Tim Balz as a Rising Star finalist.
Four civil engineering students earn first-place honors in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Indiana Section Student Design Competition for a project that planned for the construction of a school, medical clinic, and church at Zimbabwe’s Hippo Valley Christian Mission.
College Choice ranks Rose-Hulman as America’s top undergraduate engineering college— above Stanford (No. 2), MIT (No. 3) and Cal Tech (No. 10)—based on tuition costs and reputation in the engineering field.
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THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE: FLEXING ENTREPRENEURIAL MUSCLE W
hen Carl Fremlin, a mechanical engineering student, needed a hard-to-come-by, high-tech tool to complete a project, he got faculty guidance and institutional support to build one. When electrical engineering major Elena Chong wanted a way to bring the popular maker movement to campus, she partnered with mechanical engineering major and seasoned tinkerer Tim Balz to found the MakerLab club.
Rose-Hulman President Jim Conwell. “In this way, we create curious engineers who can adapt to the changing workplace.” Rose-Hulman does this not just by saying, “Go for it,” but by partnering with alumni, donors and corporations to provide the means, facilities and opportunities for students to spread their entrepreneurial wings.
We create curious engineers who can adapt to the changing workplace.”
PROVIDING SPACE TO CREATE
Nothing embodies this approach more than the Branam Innovation Center (BIC), a 16,200-square-foot building on – Jim Conwell, campus where students can create, test, Rose-Hulman President tinker, and more. A walk through the space reveals a range of projects in every stage from concept to completion. With workspaces, a machine shop and conference rooms, the BIC has hatched As exceptional as such student-driven initiatives might seem a number of student initiatives. on many campuses, the truth is that Fremlin, Chong, Balz, It was in this space that Chong’s vision for MakerLab, and Misak are examples of an increasingly typical Rosewhere students have the freedom and tools to learn through Hulman student experience. The entrepreneurial mindset hands-on experiences of their choosing, became reality. being infused into all aspects of the Rose-Hulman culture The club lets students learn from their own successes and gives students a wide array of opportunities to take initiative failures rather than from case studies and textbooks. and create. When Balz and engineering physics major Stephen Misak saw an opportunity to connect student project work with humanitarian needs, faculty worked with them to establish credit-bearing Make It Happen courses.
“If we are to prepare students for today’s marketplace, we must give them opportunities not just to learn about the entrepreneurial mindset, but also to put it into action,” says
SUPPORTING THE INNOVATORS Rose-Hulman students aren’t tinkering just for the sake of tinkering. They’re also creating solutions to real problems.
Make It Happen recently received affirmation in the form of a $50,000 gift from alumnus and entrepreneur Mike Hatfield. A real-life problem is also what led Fremlin to build, under the guidance of faculty advisors, a particle accelerator during his sophomore year. While attempting to create extremely sharp metal probes such as those used in scanning electron microscopes, Fremlin discovered that the best way to get this level of precision is with a particle accelerator. There were just a couple of problems: Fremlin, now a junior, didn’t have access to a particle accelerator, nor did he know how one works. Undaunted, Fremlin immersed himself in research and, with the support of faculty in two departments and a research grant, he designed and built his own particle accelerator—which he intends to leave at Rose-Hulman after he graduates.
“My hope is this will be a stepping stone to greater particle physics research at Rose-Hulman,” he says. “What future students decide to do with it—that’s up to them.”
BUILDING ON CREATIVE VISION Entrepreneurial thinking can take many forms. The project to reconfigure and expand the Hulman Memorial Student Union, now underway, demonstrates how a vision can set a new course that becomes transformational. Assisted by a $9-million lead gift from Mike and Linda Mussallem, the $25-million student center expansion will advance their vision to put a new emphasis on healthy lifestyles, while providing indoor and outdoor spaces designed for collaboration, conference rooms with high-quality audiovisual technology, and facilities for career services and corporate engagement with students. The change to Bon Appetit, a “farm to fork” food service provider, food preparation demos and classes, and a focus on healthy dietary choices will have a life-altering impact on students, who have already planted a campus garden to provide fresh produce for the dining hall. Through the development of the garden alone, they are experiencing firsthand the generative effect of innovation.
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Swimmer and two-time Academic All-American Orion Martin becomes Rose-Hulman’s second NCAA postgraduate scholarship recipient in school history.
A fully autonomous robot programmed by four senior mechanical engineering students earns fifth-place honors and a monetary prize in the first international art competition showcasing how robots can replicate beautiful images. The innovative contest itself was created by alumnus Andrew Conru.
Ground is broken for a $25-million expansion and renovation of the Hulman Memorial Student Union.
540 bachelor’s and master’s degrees— representing the largest graduating class in institute history—are presented during Rose-Hulman’s 138th Commencement.
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The cross-disciplinary Make It Happen program was a success out of the gate: In its pilot project, a team of freshmen designed and built a therapeutic device for a five-year-old Moldavian boy who had emerged from routine surgery with multiple disabilities. A few weeks after the device was delivered, the team learned that the boy was progressing so quickly that he actually no longer needed all of its structural features.
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n September, when Rose-Hulman hosted its annual fall career fair, more than 240 companies showed up to connect with students. For a campus with nearly 2,300 students, that’s about one company for every 10 students. You won’t see that ratio at most universities.
Endress+Hauser, for example, engages in a variety of ways, from contributing lab equipment to supporting faculty sabbaticals, and from philanthropic gifts to student internships. The industrial instrumentation and process automation company benefits through the relationships it builds with students, the chance to work with topnotch faculty, and opportunities for product testing and development through Rose-Hulman Ventures (see story on next page).
But, then again, most universities can’t offer such a targetrich environment for companies looking to hire the best and brightest engineering, science and math students. And most universities can’t offer their students a track record in which nine out of 10 graduates are placed in Our value-added engineer has careers, graduate school, or military a broader mindset and is service by the time they leave school.
therefore ready to assume a
Such relationships have taught Rose-Hulman that continuing to satisfy the wants and needs of corporate partners requires producing students with the kind of entrepreneurial mindset that makes them immediate contributors.
Those two sentences sum up leadership position more quickly.” much of what defines the role Rose-Hulman plays in the – Steve Brady, Vice President for Institutional Advancement marketplace. By attracting top young “Corporations don’t want minds and providing them with people who simply take orders and crank out stuff,” says the nation’s best engineering, science and math programs, Vice President for Institutional Advancement Steve Brady. the institute serves as the connector between today’s most “Our value-added engineer has a broader mindset and is desirable employers and graduates. therefore ready to assume a leadership position more quickly.” To coordinate opportunities, Rose-Hulman created an Office of Corporate Engagement led by Vice President Elizabeth Hagerman, with a mission to connect industry and the next generation of technical professionals. Corporations engage in a variety of ways. Some might connect with the institute only occasionally, for events such as career fairs or for help in recruiting interns. Others might have ongoing involvement on any number of fronts, including support for specific academic disciplines, product development, faculty sabbaticals, athletic program sponsorships, and much more.
Creating that value-added employee means working with corporations to understand the skills they want from their engineers, scientists, mathematicians, and computer scientists, and helping students develop those skills. Hagerman, who serves as vice president for both corporate engagement and Ventures, says that beyond acquiring proficiency in their field, graduates need to have a problem-solving mindset and desire to take initiative. Projects at Ventures, in particular, where students work side-by-side with project engineers and clients, have helped students build those skills, and have helped
companies like Endress+Hauser identify future employees who will be a good fit.
The list of corporate collaborators reads like a Who’s Who of international enterprise, including such companies as Caterpillar, ON Semiconductor, ArcelorMittal and Rockwell Collins. Rockwell Collins has built a model partnership with Rose-Hulman. The global avionics and information technology firm supports a number of programs and projects—including the Branam Innovation Center, Career Services, Robotics Club and more—and has funded substantial scholarships. The company also participates in internship programs, and Rockwell Collins representatives regularly visit campus for student activities.
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Nan Mattai, the firm’s senior vice president for engineering and technology, says, “This partnership allows us to engage with targeted departments on curriculum changes to better meet our future business needs, to gain early access to students for our internship and co-op programs, and to enhance our ability to recruit exceptional graduates who are a great fit for our company.”
During the summer of 2016, Endress+Hauser, an industrial instrumentation and process automation firm, participated in a particularly innovative academic program. For this first-time program, eight first-year students spent a half day in internships with Endress+Hauser and the other half day in the classroom, taking a specially tailored class covering concepts they would typically take later in their college careers. The program was unique in a few ways, but most notably, perhaps, in that it opened up internship opportunities not typically available to first-year students. Also, Michael Hewner, assistant professor of computer science and software engineering, got the chance to experiment with delivering a nimble course that could provide quick lessons in certain concepts or skill sets as the product work required.
When Elizabeth Hagerman, a 2000 Rose-Hulman chemical engineering graduate, returned to campus to head up Rose-Hulman Ventures in 2012, she was immediately impressed by the level of engagement between the institute and the corporate world. As vice president for Rose-Hulman Ventures, Hagerman found herself right at the nexus of this activity. Housed in a 35,000-square-foot space on the institute’s south campus, Ventures operates as an engineering consulting firm, providing product development services to businesses— product design, building, testing, and prototyping for companies that understand that students will be working on project teams under the guidance of Ventures engineers. As a result, students get real-work experience in solving problems and businesses get the benefit of young, creative minds hungry to help and learn.
Endress+Hauser tapped into Ventures for help in developing new ways to help users interface with their instruments. The Ventures team developed solutions that took unique approaches to the problem. “This project engaged students and faculty in both the intricacies associated with delivering a successful project and the entrepreneurial aspects of product development,” Hagerman says. “The partnership encapsulates the symbiotic relationship that we develop with clients. In addition to the project results, our corporate partners also benefit from interaction with students at a level that often offers a fresh perspective on a project, and that also provides a more complete picture of these students’ strengths and fit as potential employees. For their part, the students become highly engaged, assume ownership of projects, and develop professional skills in areas such as interpersonal communication, while gaining an appreciation for how their engineering efforts support larger business goals. It is exciting to see their transformation as well as the client’s satisfaction over a project well done.”
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CREATING A WIN/WIN
The relationships created through this process pay dividends to students and Rockwell Collins, which regularly hires Rose-Hulman graduates, giving students a great start on their careers with an employer-of-choice, and giving the firm new employees who are familiar with the company and its culture, processes and products. More than 100 alumni are employed at Rockwell Collins.
OPERATING REVENUE Other 3% Grants & Contracts 1%
BALANCE SHEET AS OF JUNE 30, 2016 Endowment Assets
Property, Plant & Equipment
Other Operating Assets
Investment Return 11% Private Gifts 3%
Auxiliary Enterprises 21%
Total Net Assets
Tuition & Fees 61%
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OPERATING EXPENSE Other Operating Expenses 18%
Auxiliary Enterprises 17%
Instruction & Academic Support 50%
Institutional Support 18%
Costs of Goods Sold/ Food Service Fees 16%
Depreciation 8% Interest 3% Utilities 3% Benefits 18%
Student Services 15%
We continue to demonstrate solid operating performance via strong market demand, solid enrollments, and good fiscal management that includes controlled and careful spending combined with strategic allocation of scarce resources, primarily to those areas that contribute directly to instruction and academic support—our core focus.” – Rob Coons, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
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For the third straight year the athletic department earns the Commissioner’s Cup for allaround athletic performance in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, and also captures the Men’s All-Sports Trophy.
The Grand Prix Engineering (Rose GPE) team has its best showing ever at the Formula SAE competition, placing seventh overall and second in the endurance event.
Rose-Hulman ties a school record with nine CoSIDA Academic All-American selections for the year. The all-time total of 122 Academic All-Americans ranks in the top 10 in NCAA Division III. The 2015-16 academic year also was marked by conference championships in eight of 20 sports. The baseball, men’s soccer and men’s tennis championship teams also competed in NCAA Division III national tournaments.
Mathematics Professor John Rickert, the longtime mentor of Indiana’s high school team in the annual American Regions Math League competition, receives the Samuel Greitzer Distinguished Coach Award from his math education peers.
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– Jim Conwell, President of Rose-Hulman
Despite popular portrayal, no college or university operates in an ivory tower, instructing students simply for the purpose of instruction. Instead, institutions of higher education exist to prepare young men and women to contribute in meaningful ways to their communities, the nation, and the world. To solve problems. To increase opportunities. To advance understanding. To shape the future. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has always understood that pursuing this purpose requires a two-fold dedication: We must embrace our history while also adapting to an everchanging landscape, graduating young men and women who are prepared to make an immediate impact on the challenges of today.
But that has not been the case at Rose-Hulman. On the contrary: Our faculty, staff, students, alumni and partners have welcomed this entrepreneurial emphasis with enthusiasm. A key catalyst in this process has been the support of the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN). For example, KEEN course development grants have allowed the Rose-Hulman faculty to collaborate and create truly interdisciplinary courses. In these courses, STEM and the humanities come together, supporting studies in engineering design, technologies for developing countries, grant writing, disability studies, and more. Walk around the campus and you can see and feel the impact of such efforts. You find an exciting energy in labs, classrooms, studios and common areas. You find students and faculty members working shoulder-to-shoulder to solve realworld problems and create new products. You find young men and women standing on the threshold to a great future of making a difference.
I hope that this report has given you a sense of how we are approaching this blend of tradition and adaptation. Of course, our history is long and remarkable. For more than 140 years, this institution has engaged in a rigorous program of academic and technical training, holding students to high standards and thereby establishing itself as the nation’s top undergraduate engineering school. Through this process, Rose-Hulman has amassed a loyal group of alumni who occupy positions of importance and leadership in some of the nation’s largest corporations and most innovative organizations. In recent years, we have responded to the changing landscape by complementing our academic and technical training with a new emphasis on entrepreneurial thinking. With this emphasis, we have challenged our faculty and students to become more innovative, urging them to attack problems from fresh perspectives, engage in new approaches and practices, work in interdisciplinary teams, and embrace a marketplace that values disruption and chaos over continuity and order. Now, you might expect such thinking to be met with opposition in academia, a world often stereotyped as holding onto old ways and protecting the status quo.
In truth, we all stand on the threshold of an exciting future—one that rewards those who can combine technical understanding with innovative thinking, and those who can balance tangible skills with intangible creativity. As such, we see the changes we have made as the beginning of an ongoing evolution that allows us to continually prepare students for a fast-changing world. As we continue this evolution, I encourage you to think about how you can remain part of this exciting process. After all, one of the central tenets of the entrepreneurial marketplace is collaboration, and we are proud to count you among those who are helping to prepare our students for lives of purpose and success.
Jim Conwell, PhD, PE President
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We are proud to count you among those who are helping to prepare our students for lives of purpose and success.”
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