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Student Innovation Center Being Named to Honor Former President Matt Branam
May 26, 2012
||Commitment To Innovation: Matt
Branam wanted the Student Innovation Center to be a modern day
"garage of innovation."
This tribute mentioned in
Channel 10 story.
Matt Branam will forever have a legacy at his alma mater,
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, as the Board of Trustees has
voted unanimously to name the new Student Innovation Center in
honor of the institute's 14th president.
The facility, which opened last fall, is an incubator for
creativity and collaboration from student competition teams. It was
developed by Branam to be a modern day "garage of innovation."
"The Branam Innovation Center will serve as a permanent reminder
of the contributions President Matt Branam made to the institute,"
stated Interim President Robert Coons in making the announcement
during Rose-Hulman's 134th commencement on May 26.
"The facility will now forever represent President Branam's
commitment to innovation, and will inspire future Rose-Hulman
students," stated Coons. "Honoring President Branam in this
way was originally suggested by our students, and was met with
unanimous support by our trustees."
Branam died unexpectedly on April 20. He was a Terre Haute
native who earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from
Rose-Hulman in 1979. After a successful career as a business
executive and consultant, he returned to his alma mater to serve as
Rose-Hulman's president in 2009.
The Student Innovation Center was one of Branam's many
accomplishments during his tenure as campus leader. The
16,000-square-foot facility is home to several student competition
teams that are part of the college's Advanced Transportation
Systems (ATS) Program. The facility has already helped some
of those teams during its first year. The Human Powered Vehicle
race team won the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' 2012
East Coast Regional, the Formula SAE race team placed a strong 15th
in this year's Society of Automotive Engineers' annual competition,
and the EcoCAR2 team recently passed its first-year design