Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has named Rick Stamper dean of faculty. He has served in the role on an interim basis since last year and previously formed a small medical device company. October 17, 2013

News Release

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Richard E. Stamper, Ph.D., has been named Dean of Faculty at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. 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,” said 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.

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

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