A Legacy Can Stand the Test of Time
On the other hand, developing a
legacy is an act of the intellect. It is part of a larger plan or
strategy for making a lasting improvement in the world. Legacy is
about what you will build to stand the test of time, often
existing-or even growing- beyond our lifetimes.
One can feel the deepest admiration
for Mother Theresa's charity. She helped feed millions of hungry
people in India. However, John Deere's enduring legacy is
responsible for feeding billions more. By reshaping a piece of
discarded steel into the first self-polishing plow blade, he helped
transform the Midwest into the bread basket of the world. The
Population Bomb, a best-selling book written by Paul Ehrlich in
1968, predicted mass starvation across the world by the 1980s. It
didn't happen. Charity could not have prevented it. But scientists
and engineers left a legacy by revolutionizing the way the world
Although inventor extraordinaire Dean
Kamen did not use the word "legacy" in this year's commencement
address, his topic could not have been more appropriate. Moments
before giving his speech, Kamen confirmed a long-awaited meeting
scalable, and sustainable. They will help solve problems in the
fields of energy, healthcare, transportation, housing, and many
Dean Kamen continues to prove that
one innovator can change the world. At the same time, one
individual can create quite a legacy.
Rose-Hulman is not looking for your
charity, but we are asking for you to be a part of our legacy.
The "Great" Debate accomplished a
great deal. However, this process was just the beginning. There is
much more to do. We are beginning to draft the next chapter in our
legacy. We're setting a lofty target: becoming a recognized global
leader in science, engineering, and mathematics education. I am
confident that we can hit this target, but only with your best
ideas and contributions.
If the world is on life support, as
Dean Kamen attests, I believe our own Fightin' Engineers-past,
current, and future- will provide the solutions necessary to meet
our technological challenges and make this world sustainable.
Innovation changes the world, and our
campus is where innovation lives. Create your own legacy by being a
part of ours.