I believe Rose-Hulman is uniquely positioned to help shape the next generation of scientific and engineering problem-solvers with the institute’s environment of individualized student attention and support,.
Creating disruptive graduates
Fortune recently ran an article on the McKinsey Global Institute’s “disruptive dozen” trends that will transform our world in very short order—everything from energy storage and advanced robotics to full-scale development of the Internet of Things.
Higher education also is undergoing an upheaval. Online courses are encroaching on face-to-face instructional delivery, exerting more pressure on colleges to demonstrate the value of liberal arts programs and high-touch education.
At Rose-Hulman, we always have integrated so-called “hard” and “soft” skills—indeed, it is a key factor in our students’ success. History, the arts and social sciences, communication, and synthesis of ideas are a vital part of the engineering, math, and science curriculum here—not an add-on. Every student is required to complete a core of humanities and social science courses. We have a rich music and theater scene also—a fact that surprises many who visit.
Our graduates leave us knowing how to create value for their organizations and their communities. We prepare them to analyze problems, develop solutions, work in teams, present their findings, and—this is key—understand the broader context in which they are operating. These attributes combined with their technical skills ensure successful alumni, which is why Rose-Hulman is cited among the top institutions in the nation for return on investment and value-addedness.
At Rose-Hulman, we cultivate “entrepreneurial-mindedness,” which is not about start-ups—though it often leads to them. Being entrepreneurially minded is about analyzing a problem from new angles, envisioning creative solutions, and initiating new products and processes. It is about adding value to an organization. It is the framework for developing disruptive technology.
Our involvement in the Kern Entrepreneurial Education Network is giving us additional resources to further develop inquisitive, entrepreneurially minded scholars who will go out and disrupt the world.
And, facilities such as our Micro-Nano Device and Systems Lab and Branam Innovation Center are enabling students to experiment and explore emerging technologies while developing leadership skills and learning to work in interdisciplinary teams. Read more »