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The Passing of Dr. Paul Joseph Pagnozzi

From the President's Desk

To: The Rensselaer Community
Re: The Passing of Dr. Paul Joseph Pagnozzi

It is with great sadness that I write to share the news of the passing of Dr. Paul J. Pagnozzi, an adjunct faculty member in the School of Engineering, who passed away unexpectedly on November 24 at the age of 57. 

Dr. Pagnozzi earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from Manhattan College and graduated from the New York Medical College, specializing in nephrology and internal medicine. 

Dr. Pagnozzi was passionate about engineering, and during the final years of a 25-year career, he earned a master of engineering degree in civil and environmental engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Most recently, he worked in the field of environmental engineering at Seed Solar and Engineering in Troy and as an Adjunct Professor at Rensselaer, where he taught the Bioprocesses in Environmental Engineering course.

Dr. Pagnozzi believed in helping to build a sustainable world, and served as a mentor for the Rensselaer chapter of Engineers Without Borders. He traveled with students to Panama and Nicaragua on several projects. He pursued social entrepreneurship by participating in the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps Program, working on developing a prototype for a rainwater collection system that could empower local businesses and communities.

He was respected by those who had the honor to interact with him, especially by our students. He had varied and profound musical tastes and was a talented self-taught pianist and guitarist who loved to play with and for his friends and family. He was a world traveler and voracious reader and he loved the Adirondack Mountains. 

Our deepest thoughts are with the family, friends, students, colleagues, and former patients of Dr. Paul Pagnozzi, and we honor the contributions he made to both the Rensselaer community and to the world.  

Dr. Pagnozzi’s full obituary can be found here.