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September 20, 2013

Ings appointed Rose Trustees chairman

TERRE HAUTE — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Thursday announced that Donald M. Ings, former President of Solar Turbines Inc., a Caterpillar company, has been elected as Chairman of the institute’s Board of Trustees during their annual fall meeting.

“Don has extraordinary expertise in the business of global engineering as well as fundraising, and he has a true passion for the enhancement of Rose-Hulman,” said William Fenoglio, outgoing board chairman, who served on the institute’s board for 21 years, including the last 41⁄2 years as chairman. “Don will preside over our board to continue on our strong trajectory and deliver on Rose-Hulman’s vision to inspire, and prepare our graduates for an increasingly more complex, global society.”

Ings began his career at Solar Turbines after graduating from Rose-Hulman in 1970 (at the time called Rose Polytechnic Institute) with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering.

In 1998, Ings and his colleagues at Solar Turbines were selected a winner of the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. He retired in 2004 from Caterpillar Inc. as Vice President of Building Construction Products after previously serving at Solar Turbines Inc. as President, Vice President and General Manager, and Vice President of Manufacturing.

Ings is active in many other boards, including serving as chairman of the San Diego Strategic Roundtable, past chairman of La Jolla Country Day School in San Diego and past chairman of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. Ings has been a recipient of a Rose-Hulman honorary doctorate degree in engineering (1999), Rose-Hulman Distinguished Young Alumnus Award (1989) and inducted into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame (1993) as the all-time leading scorer in basketball—a record he still holds to date.

“I am honored to serve my alma mater and give back to a place that sparked my engineering imagination as an undergraduate, and without question, like many alumni, helped launch my career success,” said Ings, who resides in San Diego. “Today, Rose-Hulman is on an ideal path to be a recognized global leader in science, engineering and math education.”

Ings has served on the institute’s Board of Trustees since 2009, and served as chair of the institutional advancement committee.

“The board and the institute have immense gratitude for outgoing chairman Bill Fenoglio, who has served Rose-Hulman during some incredible times of progress, including ushering in our new strategic plan last year. Bill also has kept us steady during periods of transition, including the sudden passing of President Branam in April 2012,” continued Ings. The institute’s strategic plan can be found at

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