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Rose-Hulman ‘Best In Class’

January 7, 2016

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The Kern Family Foundation of Waukesha, Wisconsin, has recognized Rose-Hulman with the 2015 Best In Class Award among educational institutions in the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN). This honor was presented January 5 at the 2016 KEEN Winter Conference in Tempe, Arizona.

Rose-Hulman is a select member of KEEN, a national effort by Kern foundation to align 22 U.S. private engineering colleges to produce graduates with an “entrepreneurial mindset,” characterized by exercising curiosity, seeking connections, and creating value.

Thor S. Misko, the Kern Family Foundation’s entrepreneurial engineering program director and team leader, wrote in a letter announcing the award: “We hope that others will be inspired by the entrepreneurial culture created at Rose-Hulman that prepares engineering graduates for fulfilling lives and productive careers. Rose-Hulman continues to lead KEEN in many ways, contributing to the shared mission of transforming the U.S. workforce by instilling the entrepreneurial mindset in engineering students.”

One of foundation’s key goals, shared by Rose-Hulman, is to offer students a vision of the breadth of their possible futures and prepare them to identify unexpected opportunities to create value, whether technical, societal, or economic. The program emphasizes the development of curiosity and connecting technical skills to societal needs and opportunities.

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KEEN Program Award Winner: President Jim Conwell (second from left) accepts the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network’s Best In Class Award from Thor Misko, director of the Kern Family Foundation’s entrepreneurial engineering program. Other Rose-Hulman administrators attending the presentation were Rick Stamper (left), interim vice president for academic affairs; Craig Downing (second from right), head of the Department of Engineering Management; and Grant Hoffman, professor of practice – entrepreneurship.

“The entrepreneurial mindset is a central attribute in the development of a Rose-Hulman graduate,” says Richard Stamper, interim vice president for academic affairs.

Rose-Hulman has a $2.25-million grant from the Kern foundation to participate in the KEEN network by encouraging development of the entrepreneurial mindset through educational practice, faculty engagement, and student experiences through 2018.

Other KEEN partner institutions include Baylor University (Texas), Bucknell University (Pa.), Florida Institute of Technology, Gonzaga University (Wash.), Kettering University (Mich.), Lafayette College (Pa.), Lawrence Technological University (Mich.), Lehigh University (Pa.), Marquette University (Wis.), Milwaukee School of Engineering, Ohio Northern University, Olin College of Engineering (Mass.), Saint Louis University, Santa Clara University (Calif.), University of Dayton (Ohio), University of Detroit Mercy, University of New Haven (Conn.), University of St. Thomas (Minn.), Villanova University (Pa.), Western New England University (Mass.), and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Mass.).