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Companies Covet Students' Work Ethic, Problem-Solving Skills to Fill STEM Needs

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Land Of Opportunities: The Fall Career Fair filled the Sports and Recreation Center's fieldhouse with a record number of companies from throughout the country. (Photos by Dale Long)

All roads lead to Rose-Hulman when it comes to companies seeking graduates with the problem-solving skills, strong work ethics, and ability to make a difference in today's competitive technology-driven economy.

That's why a record 244 companies from throughout the country came to the Fall Career Fair, and remained on campus to conduct more than 2,000 interviews for full time, co-op, and internship positions.

The list of companies filling the Sports and Recreation Center's fieldhouse included Preferred Corporate Partners ArcelorMittal, Duke Energy, Interactive Intelligence, Rockwell Collins, and Zuken.

These companies are seeking to meet the high job demand in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) career fields-growing at 1.7 times the rate of non-STEM jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

"We're always looking for purpose-driven engineers with a desire to make a difference for our company," says Debbie Linville, student programming manager for Interactive Intelligence. "Rose-Hulman students are well prepared, mature, and technically savvy, with a real drive and determination to succeed."

That description was shared by other company representatives, which were busy meeting students from all class levels throughout the five hours of the fall event.


Making An Impression: Students of all class levels took advantage of the first career fair for the 2014-15 academic year to seek full time, co-op, or internship positions.

"Rose-Hulman students have a strong technical acumen and aren't afraid to accept new challenges," states Ken Ward, a manufacturing group supervisor for Ford Motor Company. "We're on the cutting edge of bringing exciting new technology to the automotive marketplace, and we need Rose-Hulman students to help us get there."

Dedric Day, Manager of Eli Lilly and Company's BHI Process Engineering Department, adds, "Every student has skills, experiences, and a level of knowledge that gets your attention. Then, the more you talk with them, the more impressed you are."

Kevin Hewerdine, director of career services and employer relations, estimates that nearly 30 percent of Rose-Hulman's 2015 graduating seniors had accepted employment offers before starting the 2014-15 academic year. That job placement percentage is much higher for students majoring in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, and electrical engineering.

"Interest has been high since the new school year began and hasn't stopped since," says Hewerdine, noting that several companies hosted special campus events this fall to attract student interest in their career opportunities.

As Corporate Preferred Partners ArcelorMittal, Duke Energy, Interactive Intelligence, Rockwell Collins, and Zuken support Rose-Hulman's academic programs, student initiatives, laboratory equipment upgrades, and student scholarships.

Rose-Hulman's Office of Career Services hosts career fairs during each of the three academic quarters. The Winter Career Fair is scheduled on January 21, 2015.