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Faculty and Staff Accolades

Recent awards and recognition for Rensselaer’s faculty and staff members:

Seth Appert, head coach of the men’s hockey team, was selected by USA Hockey as the head coach of the 2011 U.S. Under-18 Select Team that competed in the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament Aug. 8-13 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovokia. This is the third time Appert has coached in the event, including as the head coach in 2008. Joining him on staff was Rensselaer Hockey Operations Coordinator Kevin Anderson, who served as the video coordinator for Team USA.

Jim Knowlton, director of athletics, has been selected as an Under Armour AD of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). He is the Division III Northeast recipient. Knowlton is responsible for overseeing the Institute’s 12 men’s and 11 women’s NCAA intercollegiate varsity teams and three junior varsity squads, involving more than 600 student-athletes, as well as intramurals. Since joining Rensselaer in 2007, Knowlton has implemented a new athletics branding initiative, improved two-way communication with the student-athletes, and increased revenue generation and fundraising, including the first-ever endowed head coaching position.

Nadarajah Narendran, professor and director of research at the Lighting Research Center, was an invited speaker at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2011, held Aug. 21-25 in San Diego, Calif. Narendran addressed attendees during the OLEDs and Solid-State Lighting Plenary Session, where world-class speakers present on the latest research and breakthroughs. Narendran’s presentation asked the question, “Is Solid-State Lighting Ready for the Incandescent Lamp Phase-Out?” To encourage energy-efficient light sources, many governments around the globe have introduced legislation to phase out the century-old incandescent lamp for general illumination. The United States enacted the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which introduced minimum efficiency standards for lighting that will eliminate many typical household incandescent light bulbs in the range of 40 watts to 100 watts beginning January 2012.

Boleslaw Szymanski, the Claire and Roland Schmitt Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, was awarded the title of “Professor of Engineering” by the president of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski. The exclusive title is granted to academic teachers and researchers and artists. The award was bestowed on Szymanski by President Komorowski in the Presidential Palace in Warsaw on June 29.

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