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Institute Continues Looking Forward as Students, Faculty, and Alumni Reap Successes in 2014

December 22, 2014


New Horizons Set: Students interested in developing an entrepreneurial mindset are participating in the ESCALATE program, a living and learning community program started this academic year.

Taking the first steps toward developing a student body that’s more curious, connected, and committed to creating value for mankind was among Rose-Hulman’s significant achievements during 2014.

The Kern Family Foundation awarded the institute a $2.25 million grant this fall to encourage further development of entrepreneurially-minded learning programs through educational practice, faculty engagement, and student experiences, starting in 2015 and continuing through 2018.

Rose-Hulman is a select member of the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), a national effort by The Kern Family Foundation to align U.S. private engineering colleges to produce graduates who possess enterprising attitudes, resolute integrity, and entrepreneurial mindsets—characterized by exercising curiosity, seeking connections, and creating value.

Moving In To Rose

College Home: A total of 582 new students arrived on campus in August, 2014, helping increase the student body to an all-time enrollment record.

The entrepreneurial mindset is a critical competency of ESCALATE, a living and learning community program started this academic year to prepare students with a business awareness to become technical leaders in today's competitive global economy—whether in a new venture or established organization in Indiana. Forty-five freshman students are participating in the ESCALATE program this school year. The program is supported by Lilly Endowment Inc.

“We want students to understand that they can pursue an entrepreneurial career in Indiana because the technology, resources, and culture are here and expanding,” says Dean of Innovation and Engagement William Kline, PhD, who joins Department of Engineering Management Head Craig Downing, PhD, as ESCALATE program co-directors.

Other news-making stories in 2014 included:

IBM Team 1

IBM Contest Winners: A student team tied for first place in IBM’s The Great Mind Challenge–Watson Technical Edition.

Reaffirmed Reputation: For the 16th consecutive year, Rose-Hulman earned distinction as America’s No. 1 undergraduate engineering college, based on a national survey of deans and senior faculty conducted by U.S. News & World Report for its 2015 college guidebook. In addition, once again, the institute was ranked No. 1 in five academic programs: chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering.

Establishing Partnerships: Rose-Hulman and Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and Maurer School of Law announced educational partnerships allowing students and alumni to accentuate their engineering, science, and mathematics degrees in information systems, intellectual property law, entrepreneurship and innovation, business analytics, finance, and global supply chain management.

Wilkins Profile

New Judicial Role:  Robert L. Wilkins, a 1986 chemical engineering graduate, became a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C. Circuit.

Growing Student Body: Rose-Hulman’s enrollment is at an all-time high with 2,300 undergraduate students. The student body continues to become more diverse and international, thanks to another record-setting recruitment year for incoming students. There were 582 students in the 2014-15 freshman class, including an all-time high of 127 female students—the second highest percentage of women in a freshman class.

Student Success: Teams of computer science and software engineering students showcased their keen programming and problem-solving skills by tying for first-place honors in IBM’s The Great Mind Challenge–Watson Technical Edition and developing prize-winning mobile applications, websites, and hardware technology at collegiate hackathon events throughout the Midwest. Meanwhile, the International Genetically Engineered Machine (IGEM) team earned bronze metal honors in the North American Regional. And, the Human Powered Vehicle team once again earned top honors for their innovative design and racing skills in the 2014 east- and west-coast regional competitions.

RHIT Baseball

Spring Success: The baseball team advanced to the championship game of the Division III Central Baseball Regional after beating the nation’s No. 1 ranked team, Webster University, earlier in the tournament.

Alumni Achievers: Rose-Hulman’s alumni are having success in a variety of career fields. Robert L. Wilkins, a 1986 chemical engineering graduate, was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C. Circuit, after being nominated by President Barack Obama. He handles appeals from federal administrative rule-making bodies, including disputes regarding environmental, energy, and communications law. Gregg A. Lowe, the 2014 commencement speaker, is among the nation’s leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as president and chief executive officer of Freescale Semiconductor.

Winners On, Off Playing Fields: The baseball team advanced to the championship round of the NCAA Division III Central Baseball Regional after beating the nation’s No. 1 ranked team, Webster University. The men’s basketball, men’s soccer, and men’s cross country teams also advanced to the NCAA competitions after winning Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference postseason championships. Liz Evans capped her stellar track and field career with her fifth national championship and eighth All-American award. She was also an Academic All-American, one of several named during the year— continuing a streak of 29 years that Rose-Hulman had had at least one student-athlete recognized.