Articles in Appointments

Curt Breneman Named Acting Dean of Science

Appointment effective June 1

Curt Breneman

President Shirley Ann Jackson has announced the appointment of Curt Breneman as acting dean for the School of Science. The appointment of Breneman is effective June 1, and he will serve as the acting dean until a dean of science is named. “Dr. Breneman will report to me for strategic oversight of the School of… Read More

Biochemist and Researcher Xing Wang Joins School of Science

Investigates the bio-nanotechnology potential of DNA and RNA

Xing Wang

Xing Wang, a biochemist investigating the bio-nanotechnology potential of DNA and RNA, has been appointed as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. 
Wang joins Rensselaer from the University of South Florida, where he served as an assistant professor. DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) and RNA (ribonucleic acid) are familiar to us as… Read More

Peter Caracappa Named Director of Research Reactor

Nuclear safety expert to lead Walthousen Reactor Critical Facility, one of only 25 research reactors at U.S. universities

Nuclear safety expert Peter Caracappa was recently named director of the Walthousen Reactor Critical Facility at Rensselaer. The research reactor, one of only 25 in the United States, is used by students to gain practical experience and apply nuclear engineering lessons in a real-world environment—a key differentiator for students seeking employment in the nuclear industry…. Read More

William Henshaw Named Margaret A. Darrin Professor

Research enables computer modeling and simulation of technologies from wind turbines to medical devices

Wind Turbine

William Henshaw, an expert in the mathematics underpinning computer models of complex processes like turbulence hitting a wind turbine, or the flow of blood over an intravenous clot strainer, has been named the Margaret A. Darrin Distinguished Professor in Applied Mathematics. Henshaw joins Rensselaer from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. “We’re so pleased… Read More

Lally School Professor Named Senior Editor for MIS Quarterly

Quarterly ranks as top academic journal in information systems

T. (Ravi) Ravichandran, professor of information systems at the Lally School of Management and the Irene and Robert Bozzone ’55 Distinguished Chair, has been invited to be a senior editor of MIS Quarterly. He joins a distinguished group of international academic professionals appointed to advance the discipline of information systems. His three-year term runs through… Read More

Jeff Trinkle Named to NSF Robotics Post

"Extraordinary opportunity to help shape the national agenda of robotics research"

Jeff Trinkle

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has tapped Jeff Trinkle, computer science professor and director of the Rensselaer Computer Science Department Robotics Lab, for a leadership role with President Barack Obama’s National Robotics Initiative (NRI). Starting Jan. 21, Trinkle will serve as program director for the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Division… Read More

School of Science Names New Professors

Expert in natural language processing and geochemist/geomicrobiologist join faculty

The School of Science announced two new professors on its faculty in December. Heng Ji, an expert in natural language processing, has been appointed the Edward P. Hamilton Development Chair and Tenured Associate Professor in Computer Science and Karyn Rogers, a geochemist and geomicrobiologist whose research takes her to the most extreme environments capable of… Read More

Dean of Engineering Search Committee Named

Nominations welcomed

President Jackson has initiated a national search for the position of dean of the School of Engineering. The dean is responsible for leading the School of Engineering into national and international prominence through the pursuit of excellence in research and educational programs. She has announced that the following individuals have agreed to serve as members… Read More

New Head of Arts Department Brings Experience With Innovation

Robert Nideffer’s work looks at technology’s influence on society

Robert Nideffer

The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) has added a renowned artist, researcher, and innovator to its ranks: Robert Nideffer was appointed head of the Arts Department this summer. “Professor Nideffer has embraced innovation throughout his career and his was a prescient voice on game studies at research universities. He will play an… Read More

Dynamic Distributed Computing Expert Named Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor

Current research is aimed at enhancing the utility of sensors embedded in automobiles


Stacy Patterson, a computer scientist whose research creates new utility by linking the sensors that pepper modern consumer goods, like automobiles, has joined Rensselaer as the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor in Computer Science. Patterson, an expert in dynamic networks, distributed algorithms, and cooperative control, was most recently a postdoctoral fellow at the Technion–Israel Institute… Read More