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
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
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.
Ventures began in 2000, the same year you earned
your bachelor's degree from Rose-Hulman.
How has the program evolved over the past
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