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A Model for Stimulating Industrial Participation in Undergraduate Engineering Programs: 12 Years of Rose-Hulman Ventures

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Experiential Learning Programs and the Transition to Industry

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College Industry Partnerships

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25.69.1 - 25.69.7

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Richard Stamper Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology


William A. Kline Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Bill Kline is professor of engineering management and is currently serving as interim Dean of the Faculty at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Kline has a Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois in mechanical engineering and worked in industry for many years before joining Rose-Hulman. Kline was Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer at Montronix, a company providing monitoring systems for industrial machinery. At Rose-Hulman, his professional interests include design, innovation, systems engineering, quality, and manufacturing systems.

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Julia M. Williams Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Julia M. Williams is Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Aseessment and professor of English at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Her publications on assessment, portfolios, and engineering and professional communication have appeared in the Journal of Engineering Education, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Technical Communication Quarterly, and the European Journal of Engineering Education. She is also Co-founder of the Rose-Hulman Leadership Advancement Program.

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Mitchell A. Landess Rose-Hulman Ventures

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Mitch Landess serves as the primary point of contact for external organizations who wish to engage Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology through the Rose-Hulman Ventures (RHV) program. Landess is responsible for the business development function at RHV; initiating new client relationships, negotiating engineering contracts, and directing programs of projects where teams of faculty members, project managers, engineers, technicians, and interns develop new products for RHV clients. Landess earned both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He has 16 years of work experience. Landess's industrial background is alternative fuel gasification, cryogenic air separation, and power generation. His technical areas of expertise include process optimization, automation controls, and data acquisition for industrial process equipment.

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A Model for Stimulating Industrial Participation in Undergraduate Engineering Programs: 12 Years of Rose-Hulman VenturesRose-Hulman Ventures is a program at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology where studentswork as paid interns on engineering projects supplied by commercial clients. Based upon theneeds of the clients, multi-disciplinary student intern teams are assembled for each project andare led by full-time experienced engineers. Most project engagements are on fee-for-servicebasis with typical fees ranging from $50,000 to $100,000. Since 1999 when the program wasstarted with a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Rose-Hulman Ventures has employedmore than 850 student interns working with 135 client companies. This paper describes theRose-Hulman Ventures operating model, the facilities and staffing for the program, and theimpact Rose-Hulman Ventures has had on the student interns, the client companies, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and the innovation ecosystem in Indiana.

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