Celebrating Olin's Founding

In 1997 Olin received its charter from the state. In the brief time since our founding we have experienced a rich history of highs, lows and turning points. We are celebrating these memorable moments by sharing a series of stories from the community. We invite you to read our stories.

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“Presidential Post It”

When Olin made its first hires, it didn’t yet have a campus, so the first Olin offices were in leased spaces at Babson. President Rick Miller, employee No. 1, had a small office in Nichols Hall at Babson. Outside the door was a little Post-it note that said “Rick Miller, President.”


Exhausted after a stressful year of getting Olin through its first official accreditation, which was mission critical for the young college to survive, founding faculty Lynn Andrea Stein, Mark Somerville and Jon Stolk went their separate ways on sabbatical in 2007.

Collaborate with Olin

Olin is more than just a laboratory for innovation in engineering education on our own campus. We are also a “Collaboratory,” dedicated to inspiring, enabling and equipping transformational educational experiences with and for other institutions.

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