Fred Rose

Acara Challenge

Fred Rose manages the Acara Challenge and its associated summer institute. This joint program of the Institute on the Environment and the Acara Institute is a global competition among universities to develop and launch sustainable businesses focused on a specific social or environmental challenge.

Rose comes to the IonE after a long career at Honeywell, where he spent much of his time creating and managing global cross-discipline, cross-cultural research and development teams, often spending two to three months per year in emerging economies. He has also founded two successful nonprofits: High Tech Kids, which runs science and technology programs for youth in grades K-12; and recently, he co-founded the Acara Institute, whose mission is to develop sustainable business solutions for societal change. The Acara Challenge brings together his passion for innovation, business development and education, especially in the developing world.

He has a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from North Dakota State University and a Master of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota. He lives in the west metro with his wife, Diane. They have three adult children—twin daughters and a son—in various stages of leaving the nest.

To invite Rose to speak at your event, please email him directly.

Fred Rose