Dr. William Kline
Bill Kline is Dean of Innovation and Engagement and Professor of Engineering Management at Rose-Hulman. He joined Rose-Hulman in 2001 and his teaching and professional interests include systems engineering, quality, manufacturing systems, innovation, and entrepreneurship. In 2005, he was named Associate Dean and director of the Rose-Hulman Ventures program which provides students innovation and entrepreneurship experiences through sponsorship from leading technology companies. In 2012, he was appointed Dean of Innovation and Engagement focusing on campus innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives including a new Branam Innovation Center and the RISE entrepreneurship club, and engagement activities including continuing and executive education and expanded alumni and corporate partnerships.
He is three time recipient of the campus Excellence in Service Award. He has championed and supported a number of campus initiatives around the theme of innovation and has worked to elevate innovation as a campus priority.
Prior to joining Rose-Hulman, he was a company co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Montronix, a company in the global machine monitoring industry. In this role, he led product development and manufacturing operations in the U.S., Europe, and India. Prior to Montronix, he was a manager at Kennametal, a global provider of metal cutting and wear resistant solutions.
Bill is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Illinois College and a Bronze Tablet graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where he received a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Areas of Academic Research and Specialization
- Engineering Management and Innovation
- Quality, Six Sigma, Design of Experiments
- Manufacturing Systems and Lean Manufacturing (including the Factory Physics approach)
- Product Design Methodologies
- Systems Engineering
- Business and Operations Management of the Small Company and Entrepreneurship
- Sensors and Monitoring Systems for Industrial Processes especially Machining