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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Research Leadership

Research Leadership

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The Rensselaer Plan Aim: Lead in key research domains, applying “science to the common purposes of life” (our historic mission).
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Faculty Renewal

  • We have strengthened our faculty with over 350 new tenured and tenure-track hires. In total, 85 percent of our faculty is tenured and tenure-track (2016).
  • Reduced student/faculty ratio from 18:1 in Fall 1999 to 15:1 in Fall 2011.
  • Increased the number of women faculty from 52 to 105 — a 102% increase since 1999.
  • Increased the number of underrepresented minority faculty from 52 to 106 — a 104% increase since 1999.
  • Appointed 12 constellation faculty.
  • Have 49 NSF Career Award recipients as part of the Rensselaer faculty.
  • Created Faculty Seed Fund for new research directions.
  • Created Faculty Revitalization Fund for research initiation for new faculty research.

 

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Research Enterprise

  • Created Office of Vice President for Research and appointed Vice President of Research as University Officer.
  • Appointed Associate Vice President for Research/Physical and Engineering Sciences.
  • Appointed Assistant Vice President for Research.
  • Defined focal areas in Biotechnology and Information Technology for strategic investment.
  • Hired first “world-class constellations” of faculty in Biotechnology, IT, and Physics.
    • Filled Future Chips and Tetherless World constellations.
    • Partially filled constellations in Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering, Biocomputation and Bioinformatics, and Physics, Information Technology, and Entrepreneurship.
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SIGNATURE RESEARCH THRUST AREAS

 

Energy, Environment, and Smart Systems

Biotechnology and the Life Sciences

Media, Arts, Science, and Technology

Computational Science and Engineering

Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials

 

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