The Provost is the Vice President for Academic Affairs of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The Provost is responsible for the academic and, with the VP for Research, the research missions of the Institute including review and approval of academic programs and policies as delegated by the President, as well as the appointment, promotion, and development of a diverse faculty and staff in the academic divisions of RPI.
Prabhat Hajela is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering. As vice provost, he has been instrumental in helping Rensselaer maintain its leadership position in Undergraduate Education. Under the auspices of Rensselaer's Undergraduate Plan, he led the expansion of undergraduate research programs, developed several new study abroad and international experience opportunities, and created the framework for living and learning communities.