Articles in Appointments

New Vice President for Enrollment Management Named

Jonathan Wexler will join Rensselaer effective July 15


President Shirley Ann Jackson has named Fairleigh Dickinson University Vice President for Enrollment Management Jonathan D. Wexler vice president for enrollment management, effective July 15. “Mr. Wexler brings a great deal of expertise in enrollment management to our leadership team,” said President Jackson. “His experience at a variety of higher education institutions will benefit our… Read More

Rongjie Lai Named Assistant Professor of Mathematical Sciences

Expert in three-dimensional object recognition

Rongjie Lai, an expert in three-dimensional object recognition, has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Lai joins Rensselaer from the University of California, Irvine. Researching in the field of numerical partial differential equations and computational differential geometry, Lai uses mathematical techniques to develop global tools for extracting information from discrete data… Read More

President Jackson Names New Vice President for Student Life

Frank Ross III to join Rensselaer effective June 22

Dr. Ross

President Shirley Ann Jackson has named former Vice President for Student Affairs at Northeastern Illinois University Frank E. Ross III vice president for student life. “I am pleased that Dr. Ross is joining our leadership team,” said President Jackson. “His 20 years of university administration experience, providing guidance to enhance student success, retention, and graduation,… Read More

Student Social Media Ambassador Program Launched

Students will share stories of life on campus

The Rensselaer Student Social Media Ambassador (SSMA) program has been created to provide opportunities for students to gain professional social media experience before graduating. “SSMAs can provide insights into life at Rensselaer and in their own words describe their experiences, learning and leadership opportunities, and participation in research as well as community activities,” said David… Read More

Juergen Hahn Appointed a Trustee of Computer Aids in Chemical Engineering (CACHE)

Group seeks to influence use of technology in chemical engineering education

Juergen Hahn

Juergen Hahn, professor and head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been appointed a trustee of the CACHE (Computer Aids in Chemical Engineering) Corporation. Incorporated in 1975, CACHE is the outgrowth of the CACHE Committee, a group of educators who originally met in 1969 to develop new methods of meshing computers with the teaching… Read More

Lee A. McElroy Jr. Appointed Interim Director of Athletics

Seasoned administrator has three decades of athletics administration experience


Rensselaer has named Lee A. McElroy Jr. as interim director of athletics. The appointment is effective March 1. In this capacity, McElroy will assume responsibility for overseeing the Institute’s 12 men’s and 11 women’s NCAA intercollegiate teams (21 Division III, 2 Division I), involving more than 550 student-athletes, as well as intramurals. “Working closely with… Read More

Fall 2014 Faculty Promotion and Tenure List


Rensselaer’s faculty includes National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellows, National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award winners, and members of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and other eminent professional organizations. “Rensselaer faculty members take immense pride in their teaching and scholarship,” said Prabhat Hajela, provost. “They represent a dedicated… Read More

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