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Richard Stamper Named Dean of Faculty

October 17, 2013

Stamper In Class

Leader In The Classroom: Dean of Faculty Richard Stamper, PhD, was among top engineering educators featured in the Princeton Review’s book The 300 Best Professors, and has received Rose-Hulman’s outstanding teacher and scholar awards. (Photo by Shawn Spence)

Richard E. Stamper, Ph.D., has been named Rose-Hulman’s Dean of Faculty. He had been serving in the administrative position on an interim basis since July 1, 2012.

As interim dean, Stamper helped Rose-Hulman facilitate a successful reaccreditation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, was a key contributor to the institute’s Strategic Plan, appointed two associate deans and managed the hiring of many new faculty members, and helped define and track funds for equipment, laboratory and safety improvements, as well as initiated professional development activities.

“Most importantly, Rick has gained the respect and support of the Rose-Hulman staff and faculty as he led important steps which are instrumental to maintaining our world-class status,” says Rose-Hulman President James C. Conwell.

As Dean of Faculty, Stamper will continue to oversee the academic department heads, the Associate Dean of the Faculty, the Associate Dean of Learning and Technology, the registrar’s office, and the learning center.

In 2012, Stamper was among six Rose-Hulman professors profiled in the Princeton Review’s book The 300 Best Professors , recognizing top teachers in more than 60 fields from 122 colleges and universities across the nation. Rose-Hulman was the only institution of higher education in Indiana to have professors featured in the book.

Stamper, a 1985 Rose-Hulman alumnus, returned to his alma mater as a mechanical engineering faculty member in 1998. He served two years as Associate Dean of Professional Experiences, leading the Rose-Hulman Ventures program, and formerly was head of the Department of Engineering Management. He earned the Rose-Hulman Dean’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 2006, the Board of Trustees’ Outstanding Scholar Award in 2004 and the Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston Jr. Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award in 2001 from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

 Stamper’s industrial experience includes positions as an area manager at Proctor & Gamble and as a design team leader at General Electric. He also spent one year at the Toshiba Appliance Engineering Laboratory in Yokohama, Japan, as part of a technical exchange between GE and Toshiba. In 2004, he formed a small company to develop medical devices, and he holds two patents for halo orthosis, which are devices that are used to immobilize the cervical spine.

As a registered patent agent for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Stamper has served as an expert witness in both patent and product liability disputes. He is a registered professional engineer and is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the American Intellectual Property Association, and ASEE.

Stamper received his doctorate in 1997 from the University of Maryland, where he worked in the Institute for Systems Research, and he earned a master’s degree from Purdue University. He was presented Purdue’s Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Alumnus Award in 2011.