Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology President Jim Conwell has been appointed to a national science, technology, engineering and math education organization. He says the role with the STEM Higher Education Council will allow him to support efforts to boost collaboration between higher education and industry.

June 25, 2014

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Terre Haute, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology President Jim Conwell has been appointed to the STEM Higher Education Council (SHEC), and is currently featured in the STEMconnector's STEMblog.

The STEM Higher Education Council features higher education's role in increasing the emphasis on STEM pipeline-to-jobs and support of boundary-breaking collaborations between higher education and industry.

“I've been on the front lines of engineering innovation for the last 17 years, and it is clear there's an education crisis in America,” said Conwell. “Our country is simply not educating enough scientists, engineers, and mathematicians, and our industry is suffering. I have an interest in being part of the solution for our industry and for our country’s place in the world.”

Before becoming Rose-Hulman's president, Conwell was vice president of the Jacobs Engineering Group, one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of engineering and technical services to primary markets. He headed projects in a number of countries and across a variety of industries: automotive, defense, mining, oil/gas, aerospace, and pharmaceuticals.

Conwell also started and helped lead a specialized business unit in Sverdrup to design and build test facilities, including wind, thermal and other environments, for the automotive industry. Sverdrup merged into Jacobs Engineering.

Conwell received bachelor and master of science degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee, and a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University. He was an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Louisiana State University (1990-1993) and chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Grove City College (1993-1996).

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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