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Students working on a variety of projects in the Branam Innovation Center

Branam Innovation Center

It’s where teams huddle ahead of intense competitions, clubs unveil new innovations, and individual students tweak their latest projects. The BIC is alive with activity, fulfilling late Rose-Hulman President Matt Branam’s dream of a wide-open workspace where students collaborate across majors, usher in new designs, and form new friendships.

Build Your Skills

  • The BIC isn’t just a place for people who are experienced builders and tinkerers. We host classes where you can learn the hands-on skills you need to make the inventions and projects you’re dreaming of. Some of our training opportunities include classes in welding, machining, and hand forging, and general shop practices and safety.
  • Students also use the BIC for senior design projects and competition teams. Keep scrolling to learn more about these and other opportunities to practice innovation.

BIC Teams & Clubs

Whether you’re into combat robots, race cars, or humanitarian design, you’ll find a team or club that fits you. Check out some of the groups that call the BIC home.

Male student injects liquid into ChemE Car.

ChemE Car

The Rose ChemE Car team competes in the AiCHE ChemE Car competition by designing a shoe-box sized car that runs on a chemical energy source.

Several students lift a red and white striped concrete canoe.

Concrete Canoe

They make everything from the concrete mix, the reinforcement within the concrete, to the shape of the canoe itself before competing each year in the ASCE Great Lakes Competition.

Male student holds onto remote control aircraft.

Design-Build-Fly

The Design-Build-Fly team competes in annual international student design competitions. Over the years, the team has successfully created aircraft to serve as: a platform for multiple sensors, a reconfigurable short field transport, and an unmanned surveillance/attack aircraft.

Male students pedals the human-powered vehicle.

Human Powered Vehicle

Each year the HPV team builds a vehicle from scratch for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Human Powered Vehicle Challenge competitions.

Project team poses with assistive device they developed for a client.

Make It Happen

Want to use your abilities to make a difference in the lives of others AND get course credit for it? Make It Happen is a unique program that allows you to do just that—as early as your freshman year!

Male student holds part of a drone in one hand.

MakerLab

Maybe you like to build things, or maybe you’re hungry for hands-on experience. Maker Lab club will give you access to the space, tools, and knowledge you need.

Female student kneels while holding small autonomous vehicle.

NXP CUP

The NXP Cup team competes with a small-scale autonomous vehicle to finish a random multi-turn racetrack as quickly as possible.

Male student holds running drone in one hand.

Robotics

The Robotics team competes in international challenges while following the latest developments in the field. Team members also network with tech companies to learn about exciting career opportunities. 
A female student and a male student make adjustments to the team’s efficient vehicle.

Rose-Hulman Efficient Vehicle

This multidisciplinary team strives for the highest mileage when competing in the Shell Eco-Marathon each year. Their team record is a whopping 1972 mpg.

One student drives an open-wheeled Formula SAE car while others make adjustments and look on.

Rose Grand Prix Engineering

The members of RoseGPE put their skills to the test as they design and build open-wheeled race cars for the Formula SAE competition.

Several students work on the construction of the team’s steel bridge project.

Steel Bridge Club

Each year, this club designs and fabricates a new bridge which is judged on aesthetics, strength, weight, and construction time at the ASCE Great Lakes Conference.

Three male students work on a red car.

Team Rose Motorsports

Gearheads unite! Team Rose Motorsports is the place for wrenching on your own car or working on a club vehicle to prepare for autocross and other competitions.

Quote

I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success.

- Nikola Tesla

Inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist

Dr. Bill Kline

Dr. Bill Kline

Dr. Kline is Associate Dean of Innovation and Professor of Engineering Management at Rose-Hulman.