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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1824 as the first technological university in the English-speaking world, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute made an indelible mark on both the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, among the world’s pre-eminent research universities, Rensselaer offers students an interactive, interdisciplinary education — and a chance to be among the forces shaping the 21st century. Rensselaer students share a legacy of academic achievement, discovery and innovation, entrepreneurship, creative expression, and global leadership. Over time, as Rensselaer has evolved into a fully realized university of 5,100 undergraduates, this groundbreaking approach to education has generated wave after wave of innovation and discovery.

One Rensselaer graduate masterminded the first moon landing; another, the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. Our alumni invented e-mail and helped develop sunscreen. They have established and led successful enterprises, from Texas Instruments (inventors of the first silicon transistor) to Vicarious Visions (creators of Guitar Hero III).

Rensselaer is a diverse community of dreamers and doers who share several characteristics. They are drawn to the sciences and technology, and to disciplines ranging from architecture and business to literature. They love to tackle complex problems, and they have a sincere desire to improve the world. Yet the people of Rensselaer are true individuals: everyone who comes here seeks a pathway to greatness that is uniquely his or her own.

Distinguished faculty members work directly with students – doing research, solving problems, teaching, and interacting. This is where great adventure and new growth begin.


Diversity Profile: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Welcome to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Founded in 1824 as America’s first technological research university, Rensselaer has been defining the scientific and technological advances of our world for nearly 200 years.
Rensselaer encompasses five schools, 32 research centers, more than 145 academic programs, and a dynamic community made up of more than 7,900 students and more than 100,000 living alumni. With nearly 200 years of experience advancing scientific and technological knowledge, Rensselaer is focused on addressing global challenges with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration.

From the building of the Transcontinental Railroad and Brooklyn Bridge to the development of sunscreen and email, our students, faculty, staff, and alumni and alumnae make a difference in the lives of people across the globe every day. 
But our work is not finished. In the face of global challenges like cybersecurity, disease, food security, and climate change, the world needs our help now more than ever.
Rensselaer is more than a school or workplace. It is a thriving hub of creativity and innovation. We are a community of bright, talented, and passionate minds that come together to find innovative solutions to the complex problems of today’s world. We educate the leaders of tomorrow to create knowledge and global prosperity. We are boundary-pushing change agents who are unabashedly enthusiastic about our passions and our projects.


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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Announcements

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  • John T. Wen

    Russell Sage Professor and head of the department of electrical, computer and systems engineering

    Date Announced: December 19, 2018
  • Chanaka Edirisinghe

    Associate dean of academic affairs, Lally School of Management

    Date Announced: July 2, 2018

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