Associate Dean for Professional Experiences
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
MSME ’88

“The engineering community continues to create amazing solutions for societyʼs needs. For each product, itʼs an effort that is distributed over thousands of engineers and the thousands of design decisions that they make. I feel proud to be part of that community. And—like other Purdue alums—Iʼm also proud of Purdueʼs contribution to that community.”

Dr. Richard Stamper is the Associate Dean for Professional Experiences at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. As such, he leads Rose- Hulman Ventures, where student interns have worked with more than 130 commercial clients, to develop new and innovative products. He received his master’s degree from Purdue University and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, where he worked in the Institute for Systems Research.

His industrial experience includes positions as an Area Manager at Proctor & Gamble, and Design Team Leader at GE. 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. He holds two patents for halo orthoses, devices that are used to immobilize the cervical spine. Stamper is a registered professional engineer in the state of Maryland and a registered patent agent at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has served as an expert witness in both patent and product liability disputes. His professional affiliations include the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the American Intellectual Property Association.

He has been teaching at Rose-Hulman since 1998 and has received the Dean’s Outstanding Teacher Award and the Board of Trustee’s Outstanding Scholar Award. The American Society of Engineering Education also presented him with the Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston Jr. Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award. In the summer of 2009 he taught engineering courses on the MV Explorer as a visiting professor for the University of Virginia as part of a Semester at Sea Voyage that included stops in Canada, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Egypt and Morocco.