Rose-Hulman Ranked No. 7 Among Best Undergraduate Colleges
Rose-Hulman’s academic diversity, educational experiences, and career prospects earned a No. 7 ranking among America’s best undergraduate colleges by SuccessfulStudent.org, an online resource for college-bound high school students and their parents. The 20 Best Undergraduate Colleges 2014 examines colleges from a student’s perspective— how the student is educated and enriched by the college experience. A college’s return on investment is also a major variable in the ranking process. Rose-Hulman was also cited for its state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms, along with its innovative science, engineering, and mathematics curriculums. “(Rose-Hulman) equips its students with everything they need to be on the forefront of new technology,” stated the service.
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Two Faculty Expanding Global Horizons as Fulbright Scholars
Mechanical Engineering Professor Richard Onyancha, PhD, and Mathematics Professor Yosi Shibberu, PhD, are teaching, conducting research, and expanding global educational opportunities in science, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) this academic year as faculty Fulbright Scholars in Africa. The Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the United States government, and is designed to increase mutual understanding between Americans and people from other countries. During his experience at Zambia’s Copperbelt University, Onyancha is starting collaborations that can help address some of the challenges experienced in higher education STEM fields across Africa. Meanwhile, Shibberu is facilitating international projects for Rose-Hulman students and promoting innovation practices at Jimma University, the largest university in Ethiopia.
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Rose-Hulman Graduates Start Off With Strong Starting Salaries
Rose-Hulman graduates start their careers with lofty salaries and continue to perform well in their mid-careers, putting the institute’s alumni among the nation’s highest wage earners, according to PayScale Inc.’s 2014-15 College Salary Report. An early-career (0-5 years after graduating) salary average of $67,300 for all bachelor-degree earners ranks Rose-Hulman at No. 9 on this year’s top-college salary list. The mid-career (10-plus years) average is $115,700, which ranks No. 24 nationally.
Student Leads Intel to Help Others through Connected Technology
The commitment of student Tim Balz toward using technology and ingenuity to make a difference in other’s lives has received a monumental lift from worldwide technology leader Intel and renowned physicist/ cosmologist Stephen Hawking. Balz, a mechanical engineering major, led a team of Intel engineering interns to design a custom technology platform that can transform standard wheelchairs into data-driven, connected machines. The Connected Wheelchair topped Intel’s Top 10 List of the Coolest Internet of Things designs, and Balz was featured in a presentation at this year’s Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, to demonstrate the new technology.
“This is the next stage in my goal to be involved with things that change people’s lives and make a difference in the world,” says Balz.
Cornwell Advises Congress on ways to Improve STEM
Vice President for Academic Affairs Phillip J. Cornwell, PhD, joined world-renowned innovator Dean Kamen in highlighting how private-sector organizations can assist the engagement and retention of American youths toward science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. His testimony came in January, 2014 at a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Science, Space and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Research and Technology. The hearing was broadcast on CSPAN. Improving the national engineering graduation rate by just 10 percent would produce around 100,000 new engineers in six years, according to Cornwell.
Learn about what Cornwell told the congressional hearing.
New Educational Initiatives Fostering an Entrepreneurial Mindset
Rose-Hulman is taking steps to encourage students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset, preparation that will be important in a workplace that increasingly rewards individuals who can combine technical excellence with creative and innovative thinking. A new entrepreneurship-focused living and learning community, called ESCALATE, is building students’ ability to identify customer and market opportunities, develop innovative solutions, and capture value and build markets. Features of the project, supported by Lilly Endowment Inc., include design, communication, and entrepreneurship courses; extracurricular activities, including the RISE student entrepreneurship club, workshops, and field trips; internship opportunities at startup companies in Indiana or at Rose-Hulman Ventures; personal attention from faculty/staff to inspire and guide student entrepreneurial interests; and mentoring opportunities with entrepreneurs around Indiana. Forty-five freshman are participating in the ESCALATE program this school year.
Students Tie for Top Honors in IBM's Great Mind Challenge
Computer science and software engineering students showcased their keen programming and problem-solving skills when a team tied for first-place honors in IBM’s The Great Mind Challenge (TGMC)–Watson Technical Edition. IBM challenged collegiate teams to write machine learning algorithms to identify correct answers in a dataset of question-answer pairs. “This was extreme problem solving,” says computer science and software engineering double major Teddy Sterne. He teamed with colleagues Kenneth Faulkner, Gabe Glenn, and Daniel Nam to tie with a team from Vanderbilt University for first place out of 37 U.S. collegiate teams. Another Rose-Hulman team placed third in the competition.
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Whitaker Student Scholar Helps Others in International Experiences
Global educational experiences have brought perspective and a humanitarian focus to Erin Campbell’s future as a biomedical engineer. As a Whitaker International Student Scholar, the senior spent two months as a medical intern at Mashoko Christian Hospital in an impoverished region of Zimbabwe. Then, she joined a Rose-Hulman professor to travel through the jungle region of Panama to help bring clean water to a remote village. “I saw first-hand that there’s great need throughout the world for the skills provided by engineers,” says Campbell. “I believe that I can be someone who can make a difference to other people.”
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We’re a Top Choice for Computer Science Majors
Computer Science Students Affordable Colleges Online (ACO) has selected Rose-Hulman for being one of the nation’s top colleges for computer science majors, considering degree cost, 30-year net salary return, and accreditation. The institute was ranked No. 16 on ACO’s 2013 survey, alongside California-Berkeley, Stanford, MIT, and Carnegie Mellon. ACO stated: “Students are prepared to think critically and comprehensively in the computer science major at Rose-Hulman with the knowledge that the discipline is always adopting new ideas and programming languages.”
Laser Piano Project Recognized in International Year of Light Contest
A musical project replacing piano strings with laser beams to control sound generation proposed by five optical engineering students was selected as one of five winners in the Optical Society of America’s (OSA) International Year of Light competition. Rose-Hulman’s student team submitted one of 39 project proposals –- from colleges and universities through the world. The team’s project uses laser beams to control the generation of sound through the laws of reflection, refraction, and diffraction to play Michael Jackson’s “We Are The World.” The completed design will be made available online as open source content to promote optics technology. Developing the idea were Sanaz Faryadras, Michael Grayson, Ben Hall,James Rademaker, and Daniel Spoor.
Professor Ed Doering Named Elite Educator by National Instruments
National Instruments has recognized the contributions of electrical and computer professor Ed Doering, with his selection among the inaugural group of NI Elite Educators Award winners. These educators are thought leaders in science and engineering education, chosen for their unique approach to teaching with NI technology. They also implement change and are eager to share their work with others who want to do the same. A total of 25 U.S. college professors and high school teachers were featured in the inaugural group. Doering has developed online resources to educate others on electrical circuits, digital control systems, and mechanical system modeling. Six of Doering’s resources are getting approximately 1,800 views per day and have had more than two million total views throughout the world.
‘Homework Hotline’ Answering the Call to Help STEM Education
Rose-Hulman students are helping middle- and high-school students understand the principles of mathematics and science through the free Homework Hotline tutoring service, which has conducted more than 500,000 tutoring sessions since opening in 1991. Support from the Lilly Endowment Inc. has allowed the hotline to adapt the latest technology to strengthen the service’s virtual presence and meet the changing needs of students and online learning communities. Thirty tutors are available between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Sundays through Thursdays by calling 1-877-ASK-ROSE (1-877-275-7673) or submitting questions by e-mail and online chat at www.AskRose.org.
Learn how Homework Hotline tutors are making a difference in youth’s lives.
Human Powered Vehicle Team Pedals to Another National ASME Title
Rose-Hulman is once again top of the class of the collegiate human-powered vehicle challenges (HPVC), with students capturing top honors for their innovative design and racing skills in this year’s east- and west-coast regional competitions. The HPV team took first place overall honors at the 2014 American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ west regional in San Jose, California, after placing second at the east event in Orlando. Rose-Hulman has now won 11 of the past 14 regional competitions. The HPVC program provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate the application of sound engineering design principles in the development of sustainable and practical transportation alternatives. Students work in teams to design and build efficient, engineered vehicles for everyday use—from commuting to work, to carrying goods to market.
Student, Professor Develop Solution for Australian Company
Student Brent Austgen and Mathematics Professor Allen Holder, PhD, have used their operations research and computational science skills to help a leading global manufacturer determine if optimization technology could improve operations at a foundry in Australia. The nine-month process produced optimized schedules that indicate a possible one-third reduction in manufacturing time, substantial cost savings, and gains over other quality manufacturing paradigms, like Lean and Six Sigma. This is another example of how Rose-Hulman students are well prepared to tackle real-world solutions, and ready to make a difference when entering their science, engineering, and mathematics careers. “Brent's success with this project has been special…He became a close colleague and I look forward to following his career success,” says Holder.
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Six Faculty Members Showcased in ‘Best 300 Professors’ Book
Best Professors Group CoverRose-Hulman has six of America's best undergraduate college professors, according to student surveys used by The Princeton Review as the basis for its book, The Best 300 Professors. The institute was the only Indiana college or university to have a professor selected to the prestigious list, and only 10 other institutions had six or more professors chosen. In Rose-Hulman's profile, The Princeton Review editors cited the institution for providing a "learning environment like nothing I have seen at other schools, one in which a 'friendly and welcoming' vibe and 'family atmosphere' makes students feel as if they are part of 'one big family' . . . All of this is aimed at one thing: providing great academics. At Rose-Hulman, the courses are challenging yet rewarding."
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