From RPI History Revealed: Commencement 1917

The Institute's ninety-third commencement took place on Wednesday, June 13, 1917 in the '87 Gymnasium, during which eighty-nine students received bachelor's degrees, and three graduate degrees were awarded.

Students Honored for Academic Success, Leadership, and Engagement

Several graduating seniors were honored with Institute awards at the Class of 2017 Senior Awards Celebration and Brunch held May 15 in the Russell Sage Dining Hall to kick off Senior Week activities. President Shirley Ann Jackson, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students Travis Apgar, and Assistant Vice President for Student Success Lisa Trahan presented the awards.

Arts Department Posts Audition Information

Rensselaer's Arts department has posted audition and sign-up information for the Rensselaer Orchestra, Chamber Music Ensemble and Concert Choir for the 2017-18 school year. All auditions will be held in West Hall 206.

Rensselaer Athletics Posts Weekly Review & Preview



Find out what's happening with your favorite spring sports teams, including softball, and men's and women's track and field.

LRC Communications Team Earns Award for Research News, Constituent Engagement

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) Communications Team has been named a 2016 All Star Award winner by Constant Contact, part of the Endurance International Group, Inc. This annual award recognizes the most successful ten percent of Constant Contact users based on their significant achievements using email marketing to engage their constituents and drive results for their organization during the prior year, including high levels of email open and click-through rates.

David Schultz Appointed Assistant Vice President for Research Administration and Finance

Dr. Jackson is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. David Schultz as Assistant Vice President for Research Administration and Finance. In his new role, Mr. Schultz, who will begin his employment at Rensselaer on Wednesday, July 5, will report to Ms. Virginia Gregg, Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer.

Commencement 2017: The Ties That Bind

Troy, N.Y. — "Family is the most important thing to me," said Khalil Drayton, who hails from Queens, New York. The oldest of seven children raised by a single mother, Drayton initially wanted to stay close to home when it came time to plan for college. It took some convincing from his mother, mentors, and teachers to get out of his comfort zone. Drayton said his experience at Rensselaer was well worth it. After Drayton walks across the stage at the Institute's 211th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 20, he will leave Rensselaer with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and a master’s degree in supply chain management. Drayton will also be the first person in his family with a college education.

Fidelity Offering Confidential Retirement Consultations June 2

Friday, June 2, 2017 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: HR, Gurley Bldg, 2nd Floor
Description: Schedule a confidential consultation to help you become better informed and more confident about your workplace retirement savings plan benefits!
Contact: Human Resources 518-276-6302


Commencement 2017: A Passion for Research

Eva Mungai has a long-term goal. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Mungai moved to the United States in 2005 with her family, who settled in Palo Alto, California, and a desire to focus on undergraduate research led Mungai to Rensselaer. Following graduation, Mungai, who will receive a degree in mechanical engineering during Rensselaer's 211th Commencement Ceremony on May 20, will head to the University of Michigan, where she plans to pursue her master’s and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering controls and robotics. According to Mungai, the experience at Rensselaer has put her on the path for her next journey that includes building an Iron Man suit, a nod to a fictional superhero who wears a powered suit of armor. 

Commencement 2017: Studious and Eager To Learn

In many cultures, name has meaning. Born in Xi’an, China, on a snowy day in February, Haoxue (Lily) Yan says that the literal translation of her first name means "white snow," but it also means "studious and eager to learn." Yan says that she always thought her parents were clever for coming up with that name. This spring, Yan will receive a degree in materials science and engineering from Rensselaer, the oldest technological research university in the United States, during the Institute's 211th Commencement Ceremony which will be held on Saturday, May 20.