diverse mix of business customers-from entrepreneurial start-ups to established companies with global operations.
I wish a Rose-Hulman Ventures internship would have been an option when I was a student. It would have helped me visualize the many opportunities to translate my education into an exciting career. Our interns today can envision these opportunities in a practical, hands-on way early in their education. This offers students a big advantage as they begin to navigate various career paths.
What are your immediate goals for Rose-Hulman Ventures?
One is to build national visibility for our program. Rose-Hulman Ventures is one of the institute's best-kept secrets. The quality of our work and the caliber of our students/project managers break the mold for an innovation-based collaboration between academia and industry. Our interns are not just learning in a realworld environment-they're adding business value for our external customers. Clients have
|Elizabeth Hagerman's expertise in bringing together diverse disciplines, teams, and companies bodes well for the future of Rose-Hulman Ventures.
Elizabeth M. Hagerman, Ph.D., (CHE, 2000) is perfectly suited to lead Rose-Hulman Ventures. Throughout her career, this biomedical expert and industry veteran has found herself at critical interfaces-where science meets medicine and scientific expertise intersects with commercial pursuits. Now, the new Vice President for Rose-Hulman Ventures finds herself at another important interface-
where academia and the business world connect to create real-life learning experiences for engineering students.
| Earlier this fall, Hagerman shared her perspective on what sets Rose-Hulman Ventures apart from other innovation centers, and talks about her goals to build the program's national visibility.
Echoes: Rose-Hulman Ventures began in 2000, the same year you earned your bachelor's degree from Rose-Hulman. How has the program evolved over the past decade?
Hagerman: Rose-Hulman Ventures was founded and later expanded with generous support from the Lilly Endowment Inc. Since then, our business model has evolved. Today, it is a successful, selfsustaining business that serves as an engineering consultant for a
shared that they could not have grown their business without Rose-Hulman Ventures. You can't get a better endorsement than that!
Building our geographic presence, expanding our portfolio of client partners, and providing students with unparalleled real-world experiences are my top priorities for Rose-Hulman Ventures.
What does success look like for Rose-Hulman Ventures?
For students, success is about connections. Connecting theoretical knowledge with real-world problem-solving. Connecting with peers outside their major through work on multidisciplinary teams. And, connecting with prospective employers