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Two alumni will have important leadership roles in the campus administration, starting on July 1. Meanwhile, the Institute has taken a progressive step by appointing the first Dean of Innovation and Engagement.
   Elizabeth Hagerman, Ph.D. (ChE, 2000), is returning to serve as Vice President for
Rose-Hulman Ventures, the institute's successful innovation space. She has a wealth 
CampusNews3of experience in business development, business assessment, and emerging technology evaluation through leadership roles at Baxter Healthcare.
   "I'm looking forward to building relationships that help propel
the entrepreneurial experiences of Rose-Hulman students to the next level," says Hagerman, a Distinguished Young Alumni Award winner and trustee (2009-12). "The depth and creativity of academia, combined with expertise and culture of business,
provide an exciting platform for emerging ideas."
   William Kline, Ph.D. will be the first Dean of Innovation and Engagement after leading these efforts during his 10 years as an academic leader and faculty member. He has organized summer innovation workshops for faculty members; has directed the remodeling of five state-of-the-art Myers Hall classrooms to deliver online courses, continuing education, and professional development materials; and helped set up the new Student Innovation Center, a hotbed of creativity and innovation on campus.
   Richard Stamper, Ph.D. (ME, 1985), will serve a one-year appointment as Interim Dean of
Faculty as Rose-Hulman provides administrative, leadership, and managerial experiences for faculty members. He has served as the Head of the Department of Engineering Management, the Interim Associate Dean of Professional Experiences, and the Interim Associate Dean of the Faculty.
   A faculty member since 1998, Stamper has been named one of the nation's top 300 professors by The Princeton Review, has received the Dean's Outstanding Teacher Award and Board of Trustees' Outstanding Scholar Award, and earned the Jess Lucas Alumni Leadership Award. His industrial experience includes positions with Proctor & Gamble and General Electric, and is a registered patent agent at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Page Square

'Dean' of Innovation Speaking to Seniors

The Class of 2012 will be inspired by one of the world's greatest inventors, Dean Kamen, a holder of more than 440 patents and this year's commencement speaker. The founder of the FIRST Robotics Competition, Kamen's organization gave many of our graduates their first experience in engineering.
   FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989. By 2011, the  
organization was serving more than 250,000 young people, ages 6 to 18, in more than 50 countries. 
   "Rose-Hulman's reputation for inspiring young people to become innovative technology leaders is well known," he says. "Rose-Hulman is a true partner in my mission to help young people become scientists and engineers."
   Kamen also answered students' questions during a spring campus teleconference.