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What is Rose Hulman up to?

Monday, January 19, 2004

New opportunities are being offered to students at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology.

Dick Boyce spoke to the Clay County Optimists Club on Saturday about new programs the school is offering to its students.

"Rose-Hulman has no other purpose than being there for its students," the college's director of corporate and foundation relations said.

The sole purpose of every person hired or building built is to support students. With the additions to the school curriculum and new campus structures, Boyce believes that the students are just beginning to get the facilities they deserve.

The unique factory-like look of the institute is changing for the better with new structures and new programs, Boyce said.

The school has received a $21 million Lilly endowment for Rose Ventures, a high-tech incubator that allows entrepreneurs to bring new or improved product ideas to the site to be studied by engineers. This is one of many steps helping entrepreneurs turn ideas into business. Giving students the opportunity to learn how new products could be used and marketed, Rose Ventures also supplies business planning, venture capital and space, providing skills for continuing economic development in our community.

Another new program was instilled by RHIT's president, Dr. Samuel Hulbert. He realized that students working on the school's solar car had bonded with one another for the sake of the team despite their differences. They were getting real world experience, creating a project and communicating as a group. So, Dr. Hulbert decided that every student needed such experience and they are doing so in The Center for Technological Research and Industry. The center is devoted to team projects and, with the addition of a garage, students have space to store their projects and continue working on them.

A Web-based company operated by the students, Ingenious Solutions, familiarizes students with intellectual property by accepting ideas for new products.

"With all of the new buildings and technology we are still doing what Chauncey Rose needed to be done," Boyce said.

The next project will be an advanced wireless communication laboratory using the school's largest single corporate equipment gift, a $250,000-lab that will put RHIT students in front of people from all over the world.

"When they get hired, they are hitting the road and making skid marks," Boyce says about the students who graduate from the number one-rated engineering school.

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