Caterpillar Group President Jim Umpleby to Receive Honorary Degree at Commencement

Monday, April 25, 2016
Jim Umpleby

Jim Umpleby, 1980 alumnus and trustee

D. James (Jim) Umpleby III, group president of Caterpillar Inc., will receive an honorary doctorate of engineering degree from his alma mater during Rose-Hulman's 138th commencement on May 28.

Umpleby leads Caterpillar's energy and transportation group, which had $17.9 billion in sales in 2015 and serves customers in a wide variety of industries, including oil and gas, marine, power generation, and rail and industrial engines. The group's product and service portfolio includes reciprocating engines, generator sets, marine propulsion systems, gas turbines and turbine related services, natural gas compressors, diesel-electric locomotives, and other rail-related products and services.

Umpleby joined Solar Turbines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar, in 1980 after earning a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Rose-Hulman. With Solar Turbines, he had numerous positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing, and customer services. Umpleby lived in Asia from 1984 to 1990 with assignments in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In 2010, Umpleby became president of Solar Turbines and a Caterpillar vice president. He assumed his current role in Caterpillar's executive office in January of 2013.

Umpleby is a former Rose-Hulman student body president who was awarded the Alumni Association's Career Achievement Award in 2000. He is a member of the Rose-Hulman board of trustees, and also serves on the board of directors of the World Resource Institute and U.S.-India Business Council.

With 2015 sales and revenues of $47 billion, Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives.