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Record Number of Employers Seek Students at Fall Career Fair

September 17, 2015

JM Smuckers

Recruiters from J.M. Smuckers, such as  alumnus Chris Stine (BSME, ’13), looked for creative problem-solvers at this year’s Career Fair.

Our Sports and Recreation Center bustled with swarms of students and representatives of 266 companies at the Fall Career Fair on September 16. Big name, multinational corporations Caterpillar, General Electric, Microsoft, and Intel set up alongside locally based companies such as Garmong Construction and Thompson Thrift at the popular event.

At the J.M. Smucker booth, alumnus Chris Stine (BSME, ’13) was looking to add more Rose-Hulman students to the team. As a process engineer at the company’s Scottsville, Kentucky, operations, Stine works to boost yield and capabilities through process improvements, support of product development, and capital improvements. He credits Rose-Hulman for instilling in him an ability to tackle complex problems—one of the reasons he’s enthusiastic about hiring other alumni.

“The biggest thing that Rose-Hulman is good at is giving students problem-solving ability and a mindset that says ‘I can do this even if I haven’t done it before.’”

Smucker, producer of some of the best-known grocery brands in the country such as Jif, Folgers, and Crisco, is open to hiring from a variety of disciplines, says Caighleigh Dauphinais, human resources manager for the company. 

“We have a significant need for electrical and mechanical engineers, but we’re more of a company that looks for the right fit--dynamic individuals who think outside the box, who are passionate about what they do, and who can work well with people in many different areas,” Dauphinais adds.

New at this year’s fair is the Cincinnati-based data collection and analytics firm, 84.51°. A subsidiary of Kroger, the company seeks to create for retailers a sustainable customer engagement model that meets consumer needs and boosts customer loyalty to its clients.

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New this year, consumer data analytics firm 84.51° sought mathematics, economics, and software engineering majors.

“What we do is help our clients, like Kroger, understand who their most loyal customer is and how to best communicate with them,” explains company recruiter Reba Perry. This might take the form of customer perks such as coupons, recipes, or other offers.

The firm also has clients beyond the grocery aisle--including “anyone that has big data, from retail to healthcare,” she adds.

At the Career Fair, they hoped to connect with Rose-Hulman mathematics, economics, and software engineering students who are a good fit for the company’s customer-first culture.

Meanwhile, automotive giant Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) returned to the career fair seeking candidates for its Chrysler Institute of Engineering program.

Alumnus Brack Benge (BSME, ’88) says FCA comes to Rose-Hulman to find students who are well-versed in problem-solving techniques, and have a broad base of technical understanding.

“Automobiles are made up of numerous systems. As an automotive company, we are looking for students who can bring that together into a complete system,” he adds.

Freshman Zachary Muncie attended a pre-career fair session held by Rolls-Royce. The mechanical engineering major was hoping to use the event to land an internship opportunity with the company next summer. “I’m really into aerospace, and I like the fact that a Rolls-Royce internship would allow me to have hands-on opportunities in the industry.”

More than 1,400 interviews resulting from the event were set to be conducted today across campus, with companies looking to snap up students for internships, co-ops and full-time employment.