Articles in Appointments

X. George Xu Named Edward E. Hood Jr. Endowed Chair of Engineering

Endowed professorship among highest honors bestowed on faculty members

George Xu

Nuclear engineering expert X. George Xu has been named the Edward E. Hood Jr. Endowed Chair of Engineering. An endowed professorship is among the highest honors bestowed on a Rensselaer faculty member. “Dr. Xu is known around the world as a leader in his field. His innovative work on radiation dosimetry is advancing many important… Read More

John Kolb Named NYSERNet Board Chair

Consortium of New York state institutions helps advance research and educational initiatives

John Kolb

NYSERNet, a private not-for-profit corporation created to foster science and education in New York state, announced at its recent board meeting that John Kolb ’79, vice president and CIO, has been selected as the board chair of the parent company NYSERNet.Net, succeeding Francis Lees of the American Museum of Natural History. William Thirsk, vice president… Read More

Shekhar Garde Named Dean of Engineering

Garde is the Elaine S. and Jack S. Parker Chaired Professor in Engineering

Shekhar Garde

Shekhar Garde has been named dean of the School of Engineering. Garde, the Elaine S. and Jack S. Parker Chaired Professor in Engineering, has served since 2007 as head of the university’s Howard. P. Isermann Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE). “Dr. Garde is a distinguished researcher, an exceptional educator, and a skilled leader,”… Read More

Tomie Hahn Appointed Director of New Center for Deep Listening

Center founded by Rensselaer professor Pauline Oliveros

Tomie Hahn

Arts professor Tomie Hahn has been appointed director of the new Center for Deep Listening based in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS). Hahn will steer the new center as it assumes leadership of the Deep Listening Institute, an organization dedicated to the study and practice of Deep Listening that was founded… Read More

Chang Ryu Named Director of Polymer Center

Also named acting head of Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Chang Ryu

Polymer materials expert Chang Ryu has been named acting head of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and director of Polymer Center. Ryu joined Rensselaer as an assistant professor of chemistry and chemical biology in 2000, and was promoted to associate professor in 2006 and full professor in 2013. He began working with the… Read More

Peter Tessier Named Richard Baruch Professor

Research focuses on designing antibodies with potential for treating disorders ranging from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease

Pete Tessier

Protein engineering expert Peter Tessier has been named the Richard Baruch M.D. Career Development Professor. An endowed professorship is among the highest honors bestowed on a Rensselaer faculty member. “Pete is an outstanding researcher and a gifted mentor,” said Shekhar Garde, dean of the School of Engineering. “In the laboratory, his work is pushing the… Read More

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