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Bob and Shirley Bright have contributed to nearly 20 scholarship awards that have helped students like Devon Timaeus ‘15 attend Rose-Hulman. During his time at Rose-Hulman as a computer science and software engineering major, Devon participated in the artificial intelligence IBM Watson Challenge, and he spent two summers interning at Amazon, where he currently works.

Sarah Sanborn ‘04, section head of R&D Product Research and Product Development for Procter & Gamble, used multiple resources to cover her Rose-Hulman tuition. When she became a recipient of a competitive $1,000 Distinguished Alumni Scholarship, she says her outlook on giving to Rose-Hulman changed forever. “I decided right then and there that I would give $500—to be matched by Procter & Gamble—every year, so that I could help a student in the same way,” she says. “It’s something I’ll do at whatever level I can afford from now on.”


Endowment for Student Scholarships and Financial Aid:

$100 million of the $250 million goal


Our Vision:

When we can start to meet 80 to 100 percent of prospective students’ financial need, two things will begin to happen: Rose-Hulman will stand as a strong contender for acquiring top talent against other top science and engineering schools, and we’ll be better positioned to attract the strongest students from a wider range of socioeconomic and ethnic groups.

The reality is that with our current endowment at just $210 million, we’re able to meet 60 percent of each family’s total demonstrated financial need—a full 20 to 40 percent lower than our top competitors.  




In the 1990s, Bob Bright ‘57 and his wife, Shirley, decided to endow a scholarship that is now awarded annually to one male and one female. Over the years, they have met and kept in touch with many Bright Scholarship recipients, and have found this to be quite rewarding.

“When they send those notes of thanks and updates on their lives, or they come up to us in tears at Homecoming to thank us, that is the most fulfilling part. To have that impact on students is what we wanted,” the couple says.

“I strongly believe in the Rose-Hulman template for engineering, math, and science education. Without my education, I would not have been able to achieve what I did.”

Bob Bright ‘57


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Serving as the Hulbert Chair through August 2018, Dr. Renee Rogge collaborated with the Joint Replacement Surgeons of Indiana Research Foundation and many Rose-Hulman students to evaluate and develop orthopedic devices, materials, and surgical techniques for medical device manufacturers.


Beginning his three-year term as the the Endowed Chair for Innovation in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Education, Dr. Azad Siahmakoun will focus on creating multiple opportunities in silicon photonics education, ranging from upper-level courses to directed research opportunities. This work will expand the experiences available to undergraduate students at the cutting edge of nanoscale technology research and project work.




Endowment for Faculty Support
and Other Initiatives:

$15 million of the $250 million goal


Our Vision:


Rose-Hulman faculty invite students into the discovery process from day one, teaching them how to master and apply concepts in relevant ways. It’s a method proven to work time and again as our students emerge as leaders in national and global competitions and enjoy nearly 100 percent job placement.


With your support, we can continue to give our faculty and students the tools they need to excel in the classroom and beyond.


In 2017, a  McLaren P1 hypercar brought in a world-record $2.39 million price at auction, with the proceeds supporting Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and the endowment of a faculty chair. The vehicle, owned by alumnus Felda Hardymon (‘69 B.S. in Mathematics and an honorary Doctorate of Engineering ‘13), was auctioned by Gooding & Company in Amelia Island, Florida. All of the auction’s proceeds established the Alfred R. Schmidt Chair for Excellence in Teaching, supporting the development of transformative learning experiences in the classroom.

“My original intent was to have a one-of-its-kind car designed and created so that it could bring a record price to support a unique higher education institution that values quality teaching and instruction, and has faculty that love to share that knowledge with peers and others,” explains Hardymon.

“We have always invested in teaching, and this generous gift reinforces that commitment while enabling us to continue attracting and retaining world-class faculty.”  

Anne Houtman, Former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


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The Orthopaedic Biomedical Engineering Laboratory allows students to work side-by-side with surgeons, faculty, and engineers. Here, they participate in clinically relevant orthopedic research and learn to design, execute, and present scientific research to improve joint-replacement medical devices. They also have the opportunity to conduct studies to evaluate the performance of existing medical equipment.

A 13,800-square-foot building on the north-east side of campus connects to the Branam Innovation Center as an engineering design and laboratory workspace. This new facility is home to classrooms, laboratories, dedicated design space, maker space, and equipment for students majoring in engineering design.




New Spaces for
Networking and Learning: 

$50 million of the $250 million goal


Our Vision:

Our classrooms, labs, and project spaces have served as incubators of learning and discovery, and if we want to continue leading the way, we must develop new spaces and transform existing environments.

Through the generous support of Rose-Hulman alumni and friends, our work has already begun.


But we must not let up.


New Mussallem Student Union (The Muzz): $21 million of the $50 million goal

Dedicated in May 2018, we’re proud of The Muzz. Here’s why:

  • An expansive, glass-walled Hulman Living Room overlooking Speed Lake
  • A new dining hall with equally stunning views
  • An expanded menu of healthy, locally sourced foods
  • A coffee and smoothie shop, dubbed Beanies in homage to the past
  • The new Chauncey’s Café, featuring a blazing pizza oven

More than just impressive aesthetics, the Muzz also increases collaboration, networking, and learning:

  • It has enhanced the Institute’s conference and meeting space.
  • It has provided better offices for Student Affairs, the counseling and health centers, career center, and student organizations.
  • It has enabled the relocation of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Global Engagement.


A New Academic Center: $29 million of the $50 million goal

Thanks to a $15 million anonymous lead gift, we’re more than halfway there.

  • The new Academic Center will link Moench and Myers halls, featuring three floors and 60,000 square feet of space.
  • New state-of-the-art chemistry laboratories will replace aging facilities currently in use.
  • Flexible learning classrooms and innovation spaces will allow faculty to work on research projects with students and more easily integrate instruction with exploration.
  • Students will have access to a prototyping laboratory, laser-cutting devices, machine tools and a woodworking shop.
  • A central atrium and lots of interior and exterior glass will make it a “window into Rose” that showcases curricular innovation, laboratory activities, and collaboration.


When Linda and Mike Mussallem ‘74 gave a $9 million lead gift in support of a renovated student union, their hope was to help create a place where the campus community could come together and enjoy healthy dining.

“We know that students come to Rose-Hulman for the opportunity to work closely with talented faculty, and pursue studies that will provide them with meaningful and fulfilling career opportunities,” the couple says. “With our gift, we hope to broaden students’ understanding of nutrition and provide them with healthy food choices to encourage their well-being and success. We’re pleased to be able to help Rose-Hulman provide students with a beautiful new venue, which will create community and empower positive health habits for the future.”

“I can enjoy campus from so many different spots inside and outside the building. It’s like a window into campus.”

Joshua David ‘18


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Rebecca Swertfeger ‘17 spent the summer of 2017 working on an optical component for the 2020 Mars rover during an internship at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She received an award for best student paper at the International Conference on Photonics in Portugal for past summer campus research in a NASA-sponsored communications project.


Dr. Ross Weatherman, professor of Chemistry, is leading a team of high-achieving students in researching the role of estrogen in the development and treatment of breast cancer. Their work seeks to improve existing drugs, resulting in better treatments with fewer side effects. The value of Dr. Weatherman’s research has been recognized with grants totaling $2 million from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Army.




The Fund for

$85 million of the $250 million goal


Our Vision:


If we want to continue to offer the most advanced support, tools, and facilities, we cannot just keep pace with technology and science. We must lead the way.

Whether you’re an alumni, stakeholder, or friend, your contribution to The Fund for Rose-Hulman will support student scholarships, faculty development, facilities, and other programs and initiatives.


We must lead the way. And we need your help.


Recently retired faculty member Dr. Cary Laxer continues his legacy on campus through philanthropy. With significant financial gifts, both he and his wife, Norma, support the computer science and software engineering programs, along with the activities of the Triangle fraternity. Cary and Norma understand both the current needs of students and want to ensure the future of the school and community they have grown to love, and they have also committed to a deferred-giving plan to the institution, allowing them to remain part of the Rose-Hulman family for years to come.

“This is another opportunity to both be a part of something special and to leave a legacy. We realize that the institute has huge needs, and it will take a lot of us to support those needs.”

Dr. Cary Laxer

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