Articles in Appointments

Curt Breneman Named Dean of Science

Appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2015

Curt Breneman

Curt Breneman has been named dean of the School of Science. The appointment is effective January 1, 2015. Breneman has served as head of the university’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology since 2010. “Dr. Breneman has a distinguished record of interdisciplinary research, entrepreneurial thought, and educational leadership,” said President Shirley Ann Jackson. “I am… Read More

Georges Belfort Appointed Adviser to Chinese Academy of Sciences and Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Global bioseparations expert is a respected academic and industrial chemical engineer

Institute Professor Georges Belfort has been named an adviser to the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a member of the Academic Steering Committee of the Alexander Grass Center for Bioengineering at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also has been selected to chair the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE), a technological community within the American… Read More

Jerry Matthews Named Interim Director of Public Safety

Formerly served as director 2005-2009

Jerry Matthews

Law enforcement veteran Jerry Matthews, who served at Rensselaer as director of public safety and emergency management from 2005 to 2009, has returned to the Institute to assume the role of interim director of public safety. The appointment was effective October 1. Matthews will serve in the role on an interim basis while Rensselaer conducts… Read More

Ravi Kane Named Head of Chemical and Biological Engineering

His research interests are at the interface of biotechnology and nanotechnology


Nanobiotechnology expert Ravi Kane, the P.K. Lashmet Professor, has been named head of the university’s Howard P. Isermann Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE). “Dr. Kane is an internationally respected scholar known for interdisciplinary research, an award-winning educator, and an exceptional mentor. We are delighted to have him lead CBE as the department head,”… Read More

President Jackson Appointed to President’s Intelligence Advisory Board

Dr. Jackson

President Barack Obama has appointed Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson to serve as a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB), which is charged with advising the President on the effectiveness with which the United States Intelligence Community is meeting the nation’s intelligence needs. The Board assesses issues pertaining to the quality, quantity, and… Read More

Christopher Nolin Named Director of Community and State Relations

To join Division of Strategic Communications and External Relations Oct. 6

Chris Nolin

The Division of Strategic Communications and External Relations has appointed Christopher Nolin as director of community and state relations, in the Office of Government and Community Relations, effective Oct. 6. “We are delighted to welcome Chris as a key member of the Government and Community Relations team,” said David Brond, vice president for strategic communications… Read More

Caitlin Crowley To Lead Women’s Tennis

She joined Rensselaer as assistant coach in 2012

Tennis Team

Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton has announced the full-time appointment of Caitlin Crowley as head women’s tennis coach. Crowley, a native of Burnt Hills, N.Y., had been serving as the acting head coach since January. “I am exceptionally grateful to Jim Knowlton and the entire search committee for affording me this incredible opportunity,” said Crowley,… Read More

Robert Hull Named Director of Center for Materials, Devices, and Integrated Systems

New center will continue and expand upon the work of the Center for Integrated Electronics

Clean Room

Advanced materials leader Robert Hull, the Henry Burlage Jr. Professor of Engineering and head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been named the first director of the Institute’s new Center for Materials, Devices, and Integrated Systems (cMDIS). The appointment is effective October 1, 2014. As cMDIS director, Hull will help lead the… Read More

Rensselaer Names New Vice President for Institute Advancement

Graig Eastin joins leadership team


Graig Eastin, vice president of the CHOC Children’s Hospital Foundation, has been named vice president for institute advancement by President Shirley Ann Jackson. “I am pleased that Graig is joining our leadership team,” said President Jackson. “His philanthropic advancement experience directing fundraising and friend-raising strategies for leading academic institutions and nationally recognized health-care organizations will… Read More

Mark Gilbride To Lead Men’s Basketball

Former Clarkson head coach joins Rensselaer


Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton has announced the appointment of Mark Gilbride to the position of head men’s basketball coach. Gilbride joins the Rensselaer staff from Clarkson University, where he has served as the head men’s basketball coach for the past five years. He replaces Mike Griffin, who retired from Rensselaer after 30 years of… Read More