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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

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and collaborators on exciting technologybased projects.
   For client partners, success is also about connections. Connecting with some of the brightest engineering students in the country. Connecting with a small consulting business for high-quality services at a competitive cost. And, connecting with future employees, entrepreneurs, and business leaders.
   These connections often come full circle. In one case, as a student Erinn Sheridan (BE, 2010) was an intern with a small start-up, Fast Biomedical, and then joined the company after she graduated. She has now returned to Rose-Hulman Ventures as a client to work on projects with our student interns. 
 
What sets Rose-Hulman Ventures apart from other innovation centers?
We offer the same creative thinking that is a hallmark of traditional 
incubators, including university-based innovation centers. But Rose-Hulman Ventures expertly balances a high-quality learning experience for students with the business needs of external partners. This clientfocused approach challenges students to understand and apply current industry standards. It also allows clients of Rose-Hulman Ventures to maintain the intellectual property related to their projects.
   Perhaps even more unique, Rose-Hulman Ventures has its own dedicated facility in a Certified Technology Park on campus-giving students access to the same technologies and workspaces if they were working at one of our client companies. This contributes to the collegial culture of Rose-Hulman Ventures, where students are mentored by project managers. Our student interns are developing more than technical solutions-they're building valuable business acumen.