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Jim Conwell Named to STEM Higher Education Council

June 24, 2014

Conwell And Tower

James C. Conwell, Rose-Hulman President

Rose-Hulman President Jim Conwell has been appointed to the STEM Higher Education Council (SHEC), and is currently featured in the STEMconnector’s STEMblog.

The STEM Higher Education Council features higher education’s role in increasing the emphasis on STEM pipeline-to-jobs and support of boundary-breaking collaborations between higher education and industry.

“I’ve been on the front lines of engineering innovation for the last 17 years, and it is clear there’s an education crisis in America,” says Conwell. “Our country is simply not educating enough scientists, engineers, and mathematicians, and our industry is suffering. I have an interest in being part of the solution for our industry and for our country’s place in the world.”

Before becoming Rose-Hulman’s president, Conwell was vice president of the Jacobs Engineering Group, one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of engineering and technical services to primary markets. He headed projects in a number of countries and across a variety of industries: automotive, defense, mining, oil/gas, aerospace, and pharmaceuticals.

Conwell also started and helped lead a specialized business unit in Sverdrup to design and build test facilities, including wind, thermal and other environments, for the automotive industry. Sverdrup merged into Jacobs Engineering.

Conwell received bachelor and master of science degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee, and a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University. He was an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Louisiana State University (1990-1993) and chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Grove City College (1993-1996).