Bill Kline is Dean of Innovation and Engagement, Professor of Engineering Management, and faculty advisor for the RISE Club. He joined Rose-Hulman in 2001 and his teaching and professional interests include systems engineering, design, quality, innovation, and entrepreneurship. As Dean of Innovation and Engagement, he focuses on campus innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives including the Branam Innovation Center, continuing education programs, and expanded external partnerships.
Prior to joining Rose-Hulman, his industry experience includes roles as cofounder and Chief Operating Officer at Montronix and development manager at Kennametal. He is currently working to launch Inside Out Innovations, a venture focused on assisting companies accelerate innovation initiatives.
Bill is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Illinois College and a Bronze Tablet graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where he received a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Chief Executive Officer
Hi, my name is Bryce Filho. I am a senior Computer Engineer with a minor in Robotics. I first got interested in entrepreneurship when I was in high school and faced unemployment. To solve my unemployment problem I started a lawn care business called Monument Yard Workers which employed 5 of my friends. My first internship at a startup company called SolidFire, Inc. confirmed my joy and passion for starting a company and since then I have worked for two other startup companies, StandingCloud Inc. and iSirona LLC. Currently I am working with several Rise members to start a company called Altruist Apparel, a company that sells disaster relief t-shirts to raise money for those affected by disasters. My aspirations are to start several small companies.
Chief Operations Officer
Hi, my name is Denise. I am a senior majoring in Chemical Engineering. I first joined RISE because I was initially curious about how the entrepreneurial spirit was being introduced at Rose-Hulman. Having spent nearly two years in RISE however, I’ve come to be inspired by fellow students to become an entrepreneur at some point in life. Meanwhile, the tools and the networking experience that RISE has provided me will go a long way. Other than that, having fun discussions and being part of the creative process that keeps RISE running, are what I enjoy the most.
Chief Events Officer
My name is Nick Birch and I’m a Senior Mechanical Engineering major. My interest in entrepreneurship began in high school when I worked for a successful entrepreneur, and hope to one day have the opportunity to be involved in a startup. On campus, I’m the President of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, a member of the Lacrosse Club Team, and on the Student Affairs Committee. My goal is to help foster the innovation culture on campus through the efforts of the RISE Club.
Chief Marketing Officer
Here is a brief part of my autobiography. My name is Elena Chong, I am currently a sophomore electrical engineering major with a minor in Robotics and Mathematics, and a certificate in semiconductor. I was born in Panama City, Panama, to a family of businessmen. During the summer of 2012, I traveled to China with my father to meet with other businessmen and entrepreneurs. This global experience sparked my interest in innovation and entrepreneurship. I am passionate about learning and creating things. I believe that wonderful creations can be made by combining science with art. On campus, I am a filmmaker and researcher for the Physics Department. Besides being the chief marketing officer for RISE, I am also the news editor for the student newspaper, The Rose Thorn, and the public affairs officer for the Robotics Team. My main goal in life is to become a woman of value; a woman with the power of inspiring future generation to do what they believe is impossible.
Chief Finance Officer
Hello. I am Ryan Tanaka, a sophomore civil engineering major with a minor in economics, and a certificate in consulting engineering. Right after my senior year of high school, I was fortunate enough to get an internship with Fuscoe Engineering in California. On the final day of my internship, I was asked to give a presentation and to have a one-on-one discussion with the founder and CEO of the company. Mr. Fuscoe and I discussed several different topics including engineering, business, and life. He explained the experiences he had when he first wanted to begin his own business. Begging for money, eating McDonald’s for three meals a day, and living under a bridge in his car was only one of the many struggles he had. I have the utmost respect for Mr. Fuscoe and the incredible brand he has developed. After interning at the company for that summer, I can see why the company was rated one of the best mid-sized civil engineering companies to work for.
Chief Technology Officer
Hi my name is Dharmin Shah. I am a junior in Computer Science and Software Engineering. Entrepreneurship to me is the mindset of thinking like an entrepreneur. I am interested in entrepreneurship because of the non-fiction books I read in high school. I also like to watch a lot of movies, and play video games. My aspirations are to start a software company and retire early.
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