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Richard E. Stamper

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Management

Named one of America’s ‘Best 300 Professors’ in 2012 by Princeton Review

Dr. Rick Stamper is a Rose-Hulman alumnus with extensive teaching and industry experience. His background includes positions as an area manager at Proctor & Gamble and Design Team Leader at General Electric, and he also formed a small company to develop medical devices. Dr. Stamper holds two patents for halo orthoses, and has served as an expert witness in both patent and product liability disputes. He is a registered professional engineer, a member of ASEE, ASME and SME, and a registered patent agent for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Dr. Stamper has been featured in the Princeton Review͛s Best 300 Professors book, and is among a handful of faculty to have received the Dean͛s Outstanding Teacher and Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar awards. He has returned to teaching fulltime after serving interim roles as vice president for academic affairs, dean of faculty, and director of Rose-Hulman Ventures.

Teaching Interests

  • Kinematics
  • Design
  • Intellectual property for engineers

Research Experiences

  • Design of halo orthoses
  • Design methodologies and product design
  • Design of mechanisms parallel manipulators

Publications & Presentations

  • Western, A. and Stamper R., “A New Paradigm of Engineering Education for the 21st Century: Perspectives of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology,” Journal of Japanese Society of Engineering Education, Vol. 57 (1), 2009
  • Karnes, J., Stamper R., and Hofmann, B., “A Novel Halo Orthosis to Reduce Pin Loosening,” Journal of Medical Devices, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Vol. 2, 2008
  • Karnes, J., Ordway, N., and Stamper R., “Determination of Minimum Required Halo Pin Force,” The Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques, Vol. 19, 281-285, 2006
  • Stamper, R., Kuester, M., and Meek, M., “Design and Testing of a Halo Orthosis to Reduce Pin Loosening Using Constraint Analysis,” Proceedings of the 2002 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Design Engineering Technical and Computers in Engineering Conference, MECH 34282, 2002
  • Stamper, R., Trammell, T., and Kuester, M., “Axial Pin Force Comparison of Traditional and New Adaptive Halo Orthoses,” Meeting of the Cervical Spine Research Society, Miami Beach, Florida, 2002
  • Stamper, R. and Dekker, D., "Utilizing Rapid Prototyping to Enhance Undergraduate Engineering Education,"Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education Conference, 2000

Awards & Honors

  • Outstanding Mechanical Engineer, Purdue University, 2011
  • Dean's Outstanding Teacher, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2006
  • Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2004
  • Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston, Jr. Outstanding New Mechanics Educator, American Society for Engineering Education, 2001

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of Maryland, 1997
  • MS, Purdue University, 1988
  • BS, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 1985