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New Report Recognizes Earning Power of Rensselaer Graduates

Rensselaer ranks 35 among more than 1,000 colleges on list


Graduates of Rensselaer command some of the highest salaries of any undergraduate degree holders in the nation, according to a new study from PayScale. The PayScale 2014-15 College Salary Report ranks Rensselaer 35 among the 1,002 colleges included on the list. The report shows Rensselaer alumni and alumnae with an undergraduate degree earn a median… Read More

Celebrating 100 Years of Chemical Engineering at Rensselaer

First chemical engineering course offered in 1914

Chemical Engineering

A century ago, faculty, students, and alumni of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute helped shape the nascent field of chemical engineering. They applied their talent and ingenuity to advance technologies critical to the era, seeking new ways to use, manufacture, and refine a range of chemicals. Today, faculty and students in the Howard P. Isermann Department of… Read More

Swimming in an Ocean of Light

Light and health expert Mariana Figueiro speaks at TEDMED


Professor Mariana Figueiro, Lighting Research Center (LRC) Light and Health Program Director, gave an invited talk at TEDMED Sept. 12, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The three-day TEDMED event brought together a series of speakers from diverse backgrounds to inspire new possibilities for the future of health and medicine. The talks were attended… Read More

Panama Canal Centennial: Celebrating Rensselaer Engineers

Many alumni were involved in scouting and construction

panama canal

August 15, 2014, marked the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal. The canal’s completion, one of the greatest feats of engineering by mankind, brings to light the impressive contributions of Rensselaer engineers who participated in connecting the oceans. Beginning with the Panama Railroad in 1855 and ending with the completion of the Panama Canal in… Read More

Meet Her at the Fair: Professor Edits Anthology of World’s Fair Scholarship

Rebecca Rouse is co-editor of book


Since the first world’s fair was held in London in 1851, the international events have served as a venue for host countries to showcase their technological innovation, political might, and best designers, architecture, art, and food–a diverse representation of how the countries saw themselves. World’s fairs have changed in their focus since the 19th century—a… Read More

Biologist Honored for Work Protecting Lake George Against Invasive Species

Sandra Nierzwicki-Bauer receives James D. Corbett Award from The FUND for Lake George

Sandra Nierzwicki-Bauer

Biologist Sandra Nierzwicki-Bauer was recently honored by The FUND for Lake George with the James D. Corbett Award for her work on a committee tasked with preventing the introduction of invasive plant and animal species into Lake George. Nierzwicki-Bauer, a professor of biology and director of the Darrin Fresh Water Institute, was one of 10… Read More

Doctoral Student Leads Delegation to D.C.

Students advocate for continued investment in nuclear science and engineering education

D.C. Delegation

Rensselaer doctoral student Nicholas Thompson ’11 recently led a delegation of students to Washington, D.C., for a weeklong effort to advocate for continued investment in nuclear science and engineering education and to influence national policy on nuclear energy. Thompson, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering and science, chaired the 2014 Nuclear Engineering Student… Read More

New York Federal Reserve Bank of New York President To Visit Campus Oct. 7

William Dudley will discuss economic conditions, challenges, and opportunities

William C. Dudley

William Dudley, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, will give a talk titled “The National and Regional Economy” to students, faculty, and staff on October 7. The talk is a part of Dudley’s upcoming visit to Albany, and will include a discussion of the national and regional economies,… Read More

Rensselaer Places Among Top National Universities in Latest U.S. News Ranking

Rensselaer has been ranked among top 50 for the past 15 years


Rensselaer once again ranks among the best universities in the United States, according to the annual list of college rankings released this week by U.S. News & World Report. Rensselaer ranked 42 among all national universities. The ranking follows last month’s recognition from USA Today, which included Rensselaer as fifth on the list of “Top… Read More

Rensselaer Anniversaries: Bridge to the Bicentennial


George T. Horton

As Rensselaer approaches its 200th year, the Institute is highlighting important milestones of how the world has been transformed by the achievements of Rensselaer people—past and present. Inside Rensselaer will showcase some of the remarkable achievements and anniversaries throughout the year, including notable milestones and alumni and alumnae accomplishments. 125th Anniversary: Founding of Chicago Bridge… Read More