Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has named a Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) executive to its board of trustees. Jim Umpleby is the head of the Illinois-based company's energy and transportation business. July 14, 2014

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Jim Umpleby, Group President of Caterpillar Inc., has joined the Board of Trustees for Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Umpleby leads Caterpillar's energy and transportation business, which had sales of $20.2 billion in 2013, and includes the six divisions of Caterpillar that manufacture reciprocating engines, gas turbines, and locomotives. Caterpillar's energy and transportation divisions serve a wide variety of industries, including oil and gas, marine, power generation, and rail.

Umpleby was named an executive officer of Caterpillar in early 2013, after serving as a Caterpillar vice president and president of Solar Turbines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar based in San Diego, since 2010.

Umpleby joined Solar Turbines in 1980 after graduating from Rose-Hulman with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing, and customer services with Solar Turbines. Umpleby lived in Asia from 1984 to 1990 with assignments in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Umpleby was promoted to a Solar Turbines vice president in 1997 and led the company's customer services business. He assumed the role of vice president for turbomachinery products in 2000, with responsibility for design engineering, manufacturing, and supply chain. Umpleby later led Solar Turbines power generation and oil/gas businesses, and also served as general manager of global services for Caterpillar's product support division.

Umpleby completed an executive leadership program at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is on the board of directors of World Resources Institute and the U.S.-India Business Council.

Umpleby received the Rose-Hulman Alumni Association's Career Achievement Award in 2000.

With 2013 sales and revenues of $55.6 billion, Caterpillar ( is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives.

About Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Founded in 1874, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is dedicated to preparing its students with the world's best undergraduate science, engineering, and mathematics education in an environment infused with innovation, intellectual rigor, and individualized attention. The college, located in Terre Haute, Indiana, has an enrollment of approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 100 graduate students. For 15 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has rated Rose-Hulman as the top undergraduate engineering college in the nation whose highest degree is a bachelor's or master's. Rose-Hulman has also been recognized by The Princeton Review, which cited six of the institute's professors within their 2012 Best 300 Professors book, the only institution of higher learning in Indiana to be included. Learn more at

Source: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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