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Alumnus Abe Silverstein, a founding member of the U.S. space program, promised the government in 1961 to put a man on the moon within the decade. He was instrumental not only in development of the Apollo rocket, but also in overseeing that mission and many successive ones over the ensuing decades, sealing his entry into the Aviation Hall of Fame.

Alumnus Fred Garry joined the ranks of outstanding American inventors and innovators in 1990 when he was honored with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for his career work with jet engines. And alumnus Bernard Vonderschmitt pioneered the manufacturing process for semiconductors and provided the technical foundation for color television. Today’s newer graduates are adding similar value at Google and SpaceX, and in a host of traditional industries across the globe. Our graduates will continue to be the kind of professionals who develop the breakthrough procedures and leading technologies of the future.

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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,.

-Jim Conwell

President’s Perspective: 

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 »

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Our Graduates
Rose-Hulman students adapt very quickly to our complex, technical working environment.

— Terrel Jones, HBM, Inc.

Rose-Hulman graduates are in high demand. By Commencement each year, more than 90 percent of our seniors have secured jobs, military service or graduate studies appointments. Within six months, nearly 100 percent have been placed.