Engineers Helping EducatorsTM is the common theme for Rich Rosen as he collaborates with others to improve and transform systems of education. He is a Senior Practice Leader with the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM and Rich also holds a Visiting Fellows position with Johns Hopkins University School of Education. Rich is founder of Indigo Strategies, established with the mission of mobilizing practicing engineers to use their systems analysis and design skills to help solve education problems in their local community.
Rich is an invited speaker on education system transformation and leadership practices for education public/private partnerships. He is frequently called on to help facilitate regional, state, and national conversations about transformation and organize new initiatives. Rich is currently collaborating on a range of projects, including: support to the Ohio Board of Regents in designing and implementing of Ohio Higher Ed Means Jobs, a process to systematically connect Ohio's institutions and employers to create thousands of paid, credit-bearing student internships in Ohio over the next two years; assisting an island school district in its transformation to an applied learning laboratory serving school districts across its state; and helping to organize a system for national philanthropic groups to align their individual efforts in STEM education funding to achieve collective impact. His is working with colleagues at Johns Hopkins University to translate practices in technology transfer and innovation from other industries to the education environment.
Rich's lifetime of volunteering began after college as an adult literacy tutor and food bank volunteer. He has now served on more than 30 boards of directors to date ranging from arts to venture capital to economic development. His current board service includes I Know I Can (college access and counseling for students in Columbus City Schools) and PAST Foundation (ethnographic studies and teacher professional development). He education board experience spans a PK-20 spectrum, including early childhood, K-12 independent and public school, and post-secondary institutions. Rich was appointed by the Governor of Ohio in 2009 as a Trustee with Columbus State Community College, one of Ohio's largest post-secondary institutions with enrollment of over 30,000 students.
Rich is lifetime member (#143) of the National Society of Black Engineers, where he is an advisor to its Executive Director. Rich's work with NSBE included expanding the pilot program SEEK (Summer Engineering Experience for Kids) to more than six cities across the United States connecting college engineering students with 3rd-6th grade students, making it one of the largest minority-serving engineering programs in the country. Rich was recognized by NSBE with its Achievement Award in 2009. Now part of the Clinton Global Initiative, NSBE is working with TIES to significantly expand access to SEEK.
Rich received The Ohio State University Distinguished Service Medal in 2010, and he was also voted into the Distinguished Alumni roster by its College of Engineering. Ohio's industry group BioOhio awarded him the BioScience Leadership Award in 2006 for his contributions toward advancing the state's health science economy. He is also a recipient of Central Ohio's Helping Hands Award for community leadership.
Prior to his current activities with TIES and Johns Hopkins University, Rich enjoyed a 30-year career at Battelle Memorial Institute. His experiences ranged from medical device project engineer to general manager and corporate executive. Rich reenergized Battelle's education and philanthropy activities and established the focus on STEM education systemic change. He is a founder of the Metro Early College High School, and the founding Executive Director of the Ohio STEM Learning Network, an architecture demonstrating that schools and districts could work across their geo-political borders to achieve impact well beyond their own walls. The design is now the basis for statewide STEM networks in more than a dozen states.
Rich received a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University and a Masters Degree in Biomedical Engineering from The Ohio State University. Rich and Karen, an industrial and systems engineer, have been married for 32 years. Their son Michael currently attends Columbus State Community College, he demonstrates his talent as a chef with a family-owned Italian bistro, and is an accomplished drummer and musician.