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William A. Kline Named Dean of Innovation and Engagement

April 2, 2012

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is taking another progressive step in higher education as President Matt Branam has appointed William A. Kline, Ph.D. as the college's first Dean of Innovation and Engagement.  This position will officially begin with the 2012-13 academic year.

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  William A. Kline, Ph.D
 

Kline has been a leader in innovation and engagement efforts during his 10 years as an academic leader and faculty member at Rose-Hulman. He is currently serving as Interim Dean of Faculty, and has been Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Dean for Professional Experiences, Interim Head of the Department of Engineering Management, and Associate Professor of Engineering Management.

"Bill has a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship development, and he is the ideal person to lead our efforts in the areas of innovative learning experiences and executive education," stated Branam. "Our alumni and other working professionals have an overwhelming demand for professional development being presented in the same quality as the undergraduate degrees they received at Rose-Hulman."

Branam pointed out that Rose-Hulman is currently adapting five classrooms in Myers Hall with the capacity to deliver online courses, continuing education, and professional development materials throughout the world using state-of-the-art delivery technologies. Kline has been directing both this facility enhancement and last summer's new Student Innovation Center, a 16,000-square-foot facility, which is now the hotbed of creativity and innovation on campus.

"Our faculty members are great teachers and leaders in their career fields. That expertise is highly coveted by companies and corporations striving to keep their engineers and executives on top of the latest developments and certified in their fields," Branam said.

As Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Kline has led Rose-Hulman's efforts to promote a culture of innovation and best practices of being innovative to educate students for careers in the ever-changing, high-tech world. He has organized innovation workshops during the past two summers for faculty members to examine innovative and creative teaching techniques in engineering, science and mathematics and to serve as a catalyst to develop new programs and initiatives. He started monthly "Innovation Hour" sessions to educate members of the campus community to new practices being adapted in academic, residence life, and student service areas at Rose-Hulman.

"Innovation has emerged as a critical priority for organizations of all types to ensure prosperity and future success," said Kline. "Rose-Hulman's role as a leader in undergraduate engineering, science and math education will require us to always be on the cutting edge of innovative teaching techniques and learning experiences that deliver more value from every available resource.  Engineers, scientists and mathematicians will be the leaders of this implementation."

A paper written by Kline and Engineering Management Emeritus Professor Thomas A. Mason on the topic "Being Innovative -- Lessons Learned from the Practice of Technology Commercialization," examining the success of Rose-Hulman Ventures, will be featured at the 2012 American Society of Engineering Education's Annual Conference this summer.  He was also a co-author of the papers "The Innovation University" and "Innovation -- An Imperative for National Competitiveness and Engineering Education."

Kline joined Rose-Hulman in 2001 and has earned the rank of Professor of Engineering Management. His teaching and professional interests include systems engineering, quality, manufacturing systems, innovation, and entrepreneurship. He has a patent on a method developed to measure small increases in machine tool drive motor power.

After earning high academic honors at Illinois College, Kline earned bachelor's and master's degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Illinois, followed by a doctorate in mechanical engineering. Prior to joining Rose-Hulman, Kline co-founded Montronix, a company in the global machine monitoring industry.