Rose Hulman Institute of Technology
Rose-Hulman is a private institution founded in 1874 that focuses on undergraduate science, engineering, and mathematics education. It is home annually to approximately 2,000 undergraduate and 100 graduate students. Rose–Hulman is dedicated to preparing students with the world’s best undergraduate science, engineering, and mathematics education in an environment infused with innovation, intellectual rigor, and individualized attention. As students prepare for their careers, the institute’s hands-on education expresses the value of collaboration and the development of an entrepreneurial mindset characterized by curiosity, creativity, and creation of value.
For 17 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report’s College Guide has rated Rose-Hulman as the top undergraduate engineering college in the nation. With 98% career placement, the institute has been ranked in Payscale’s Salary Survey for having alumni in the top 10 for starting salaries. About 85 percent of the students major in one of the engineering disciplines, with the remainder studying computer science, physics, chemistry, and mathematics.
Innovative Employer–Driven Pathways
Rose-Hulman partners with industry through a number of activities designed to provide mutual benefit to both the institute and the partner. For example, a vast majority of Rose-Hulman students have at least one experience working on an industry-sponsored project, usually through a senior-year capstone design academic program. This experience allows students to work in teams, under the supervision of a Rose-Hulman faculty member, to complete a project provided by an industrial client or community service organization. Other partnership activities include summer internships, recruiting, industrial advisory boards, and projects for Rose-Hulman Ventures, which provides another valuable opportunity for students to gain work experience with external clients.
Key STEM programs
Rose-Hulman Ventures is an institute operation in which students work as paid interns on engineering projects supplied by commercial clients, under the guidance of professional engineers. Project leads at Ventures assemble multi-disciplinary student intern teams based on the needs of clients. Most project engagements are on a fee-for-service basis, with an average project cost of about $45,000. Since the program was started in 1999, it has employed more than 1000 student interns working with 190 client companies, who retain full intellectual property rights to outputs.
Rose–Hulman Ventures consults for a diverse mix of customers, from entrepreneurial startups to established companies with global operations. Clients come from a range of industry sectors, including automotive and transportation, consumer and commercial products, e-commerce, energy, industrial controls, industrial machines and equipment, IT and business services, laboratory equipment and logistics, medical devices, medical informatics, pharmaceuticals, plastics and flexible packaging, private equity, semiconductors, software products and platforms, and telecommunications.
The infrastructure in place to support the program includes a staff of 14 individuals and a 35,000-square-foot facility. The majority of the staff members are technical project managers. These project managers are academic-degreed engineers, with considerable industrial experience, and are not members of the university faculty. They hire and manage the student interns, help develop the proposals that are presented to potential clients, ensure that the needs of the client companies are met, and educate the interns with respect to both technical matters and also the norms of professional practice. Rose-Hulman Ventures is equipped with an electronics shop, a machine shop, information technology infrastructure, and a variety of rapid prototyping equipment.
Rose-Hulman Ventures was assessed by surveying student interns and industrial clients. One question student interns were asked was: Overall, how satisfied have you been with your Rose–Hulman Ventures experience? Typically, around 95 percent of students express that they were “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with their Rose-Hulman Ventures experience. When companies were surveyed, virtually all of them (over 90 percent) stated that Rose–Hulman Ventures’ work had a positive impact on their business, and over half replied the impact was “high” or “very high.” These assessments confirm that Rose-Hulman Ventures solves business challenges for clients while providing excellent educational experiences for student interns.
The goal of the Rose Building Undergraduate Diversity (ROSE-BUD) program is to broaden the participation of academically talented students majoring in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, and software engineering, especially for women and minorities. Eligible students are freshmen or transfer students with a demonstrated financial need to attend Rose-Hulman. ROSE-BUD has attracted 20 outstanding women to Rose-Hulman in the last five years. These students have participated in mentoring and networking opportunities, academic and career advising, and social activities. The National Science Foundation provided initial funding for the program.
In 2002, a team of faculty from several different academic departments acquired a $400,000 grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to launch a program to teach micro-electrical-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology to undergraduate students. The original grant was supplemented by equipment donations from ON Semiconductor and the renovation of a clean-space environment by the institute, which brought a hands-on lab component to the program. Since the time of the original grant, the program has grown both in size and scope. Currently multi-disciplinary teams of faculty and students are involved in a variety of micro- and nanotechnology-related projects and course work spanning the fields of material science, chemical detection, optics, power generation, and bio-MEMS.
The MiNDS program aims to provide a multidisciplinary, problem-solving experience available to all students through courses and hands-on laboratories in fabrication, characterization, and modeling of micro- and nano-sized devices and systems. The laboratory allows for students and faculty to conduct research in these expanding areas of science, and allows faculty members to incorporate micro and nano technology topics into their courses.
- Rose-Hulman Grand Challenges Group
The faculty and staff members of the Grand Challenges Group share a desire to use the ideas of the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges initiative to inspire students to positively impact the world, and become more culturally aware and globally responsible citizens. From courses and invited speakers to student poster competitions, the group has established a series of interrelated activities and studies that allow students and faculty to begin to address the Grand Challenges through a variety of curricular and co-curricular events and projects.
The Grand Challenges are examples of the kind of big, difficult problems that require engineers to work across disciplines and geographical borders to solve. Their solution will shape the world of the future.
A K-12 outreach program is increasing awareness among fourth- and fifth-grade students in Grand Challenge topics, while fueling interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics among these age groups. For the last several years, Rose-Hulman students in a humanities and social science course have offered an after-school Grand Challenges project to stimulate interest in STEM and raise awareness for such topics.
Communications and Social Media for Institution
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