Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology says its students are learning and working toward the future. Rose-Hulman Ventures says it has developed a software system called SimpleOnBoard. The company says it will speed up corporate hiring practices.

January 7, 2015

News Release

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students are learning while producing industry-changing software for the business community through Rose-Hulman Ventures.

The latest innovative product is SimpleOnBoard (, a simple-to-use software system offered by TaxBreak that assists human resources offices in speeding up the hiring process, while also making it easy for jobseekers. Key product features allow employers to meet federal employment compliance guidelines, integrate with applicant tracking and payroll systems.

“We were searching for a couple of years for an onboarding product to buy. This software is the best that we saw on the market,” said Shannon Scott, TaxBreak’s chief executive officer.

Rose-Hulman Ventures Manager of Software Engineering Sandor Pethes worked with student interns to create the paperless onboarding system that handles tax forms, electronic verification, digital signatures, direct deposit, tax credit screening and processing, and company policies.

Lindsey Watterson, a software engineering and biomedical engineering major from Lexington, Indiana, began working on the project as an intern, and over time became the project leader. A valuable part of the educational experience was helping clients understand complex technical issues—an ability that will benefit her future engineering career.

“When I began working on the project, I didn’t know the (computer) languages,” she said. “In two weeks I taught myself enough to do production work on site.”

Pethes, a 2002 Rose-Hulman computer science graduate, found the correct computer language for the project, and gave Watterson confidence to develop SimpleOnboard.

“It’s satisfying to see our interns benefit from our projects,” he stated. “Through her studies on campus, Lindsey had a solid foundation to adapt the computer language to meet the client’s needs.”

Now, thousands of businesses use the SimpleOnBoard dashboard every day to hire. The software is functional and takes less than 30 minutes to train staff members on how to use it. Typical onboarding time is less than 10 minutes for a new hire.

“Everything we asked to be done, was completed efficiently,” Scott said of working with the Rose-Hulman Ventures’ project development team. “The process was seamless and flawless…I was excited about the work, and tremendously impressed that it was students who did this.”

Started by Rose-Hulman in 2000, Rose-Hulman Ventures delivers innovative engineering solutions for a diverse clientele of partners in a variety of industry sectors. It is located in a 35,000 square-foot facility on the institute’s South Campus that features professional-level laboratory equipment, engineering tools, machine shops, and client workspaces. Learn more about Rose-Hulman Ventures at

Source: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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