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Gerald Jakubowski Named 13th President of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

WARRENDALE, Pa., March 30, 2006 - Gerald S. Jakubowski, vice president of Arizona State University, provost of the ASU Polytechnic campus and professor of engineering, has been selected to be the 13th president of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Jakubowski will assume the presidency on July 1, according to Robert Bright, chairman of the Rose-Hulman Board of Trustees. He was chosen after a six-month national search.

"Gerald Jakubowski was selected to be the next president of Rose-Hulman because of his outstanding academic accomplishments, his effectiveness as a senior administrator, and his commitment to undergraduate education. Those talents have earned him national recognition as a leader in engineering education," Bright stated.

"As a result of his 30 years experience in private and public higher education, and leadership in national engineering education organizations, he is keenly aware of the issues and trends that will influence Rose-Hulman's current and future development.

"He has the commitment, energy, passion and talent that Rose-Hulman sought in a new president," Bright said.

As provost at the ASU Polytechnic campus, Jakubowski has been responsible for leading the transition of the former Arizona State University East campus in Mesa into a premier polytechnic institution. Among the 30 programs offered to the 5,000 students on the campus are bachelor's degrees in science and engineering along with master's degrees in computing studies and technology.

In his first year as provost, he created an aggressive five-year academic development plan to provide new programs and facilities. He also developed new opportunities for the Mesa community to become involved with the campus and the development of its plans.

Prior to his appointment at Arizona State, he served 14 years as Dean of the College of Science and Engineering and professor of mechanical engineering at Loyola Marymount University (LMU), a private institution in Los Angeles, Calif. During his tenure at LMU, the academic quality and diversity of incoming freshmen increased. He was involved in university-wide, major capital fundraising campaigns that raised $19 million for a new science and engineering building, created funding for significant renovations to other facilities in the college and raised support to create endowed faculty chairs.

Jakubowski said Rose-Hulman's national reputation and the commitment of its campus community to the mission of the Institute were among the reasons he applied for the presidency

"I am truly honored to become the president of such an exceptional institution," he remarked.

"I consider becoming president of Rose-Hulman, which is an institution of national prominence in undergraduate engineering, mathematics and science education, to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It also provides an opportunity for me to return to my Midwest roots,” Jakubowski said.

"Rose-Hulman has much to be proud of, and I'm impressed with the desire of everyone associated with the college to strive for even greater success," stated Jakubowski, who is a native of Toledo, Ohio.

"Rose-Hulman's ability to educate the brightest minds to be engineering and science leaders is vital to the future of Indiana and our nation," he noted.

"Lynn and I look forward to becoming involved with such wonderful campus and civic communities," he noted.

Before becoming dean at Loyola Marymount, Jakubowski was interim dean of engineering, associate dean of engineering and professor of engineering in the Herff College of Engineering at Memphis State University. Prior to that position, he was assistant dean of engineering and associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Toledo. He also served as a faculty member at the University of South Alabama.

Jakubowski earned the Ph.D. in engineering science and the master's and bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Toledo. His areas of engineering expertise include thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer and energy. He is a registered professional engineer.

Jakubowski has been involved in engineering education developments on a national basis. He is chair-elect and vice chair of policy for the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. ABET is the recognized accrediting agency for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology in the United States.

In 2001, he was national president of the American Society for Engineering Education after serving as vice president and a member of its Board of Directors. The organization consists of 12,000 members committed to developing policies and programs that enhance opportunities for faculty. It also strives to increase student interest in pursuing a degree in engineering. He has served in many leadership positions in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Jakubowski has received numerous honors. He was elected as a Fellow in the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering, the American Society for Engineering Education, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1994, 1999 and 2001 respectively. He received the Excellence in Engineering Education Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers in 1998. He has served twice as a NASA Faculty Fellow, and received honors for his teaching from the Society for Automotive Engineers and the University of Toledo.