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Wall Street Looks to Rensselaer for Best IT Hires
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The Institute was named by Wall Street and Technology magazine as one of the top five schools where Wall Street firms recruit their computer programming and engineering employees.

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President and CEO of Wing Power Energy Named 2012 William Glaser ’53 Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year
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Harry Ruda ’69—a high-tech, serial entrepreneur—has been selected as the 2012 William F. Glaser ’53 Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year.

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President Jackson Participates in 2012 World Economic Forum in China
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President Shirley Ann Jackson participated in the 2012 World Economic Forum’s (WEF) “Summer Davos,” held Sept. 11-13, in Tianjin, China.

Commemorating Sept. 11: ROTC Branches Host Daylong Flag Vigil
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Rensselaer marked the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, with a ceremonial lowering of the flag at the beginning of the day, while members from the ROTC stood vigil throughout the day at the Armory flag.

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Rensselaer Named Among Nation’s Best by U.S. News & World Report
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Rensselaer has been ranked 23rd on the 2012 list of Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs by U.S. News & World Report.

Traditions Continue With Reunion & Homecoming Weekend
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Rensselaer’s largest alumni tradition takes place Oct. 5-7, as a crowd of more than 3,000 alumni and guests is expected to take part in Reunion & Homecoming festivities.

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Training for New Concur Travel Expense Program
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The Finance Department is continuing to implement the new, mandatory Concur travel and entertainment expense program through October.

Rensselaer Engineers Help High School Students Explore Everyday Physics
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Professor Patrick Underhill and senior Hannah Fix deveoped four “kits” that contain everything needed for researchers to run a fun-filled workshop on the topic of fluid physics at their local high school.

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HASS To Celebrate Anniversaries During Reunion & Homecoming
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HASS will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Department of the Arts and the 30th anniversary of STS with a series of events as part of Reunion & Homecoming on Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6.

Hartford Professor Writes Book on Contemporary Communication Systems
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Mohammed Farooque Mesiya, professor of practice, Department of Engineering and Science, Rensselaer at Hartford, has written a book, Contemporary Communication Systems, recently published by McGraw-Hill.

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EMPAC Presents
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EMPAC will present Nora Chipaumire: Miriam on Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, and Peter Matthaes’ “Art Fraud: Recognizing Authenticity in Art” on Wednesday, October 10.

LRC’s Bullough Authors National Academies Report on LED Airfield Lighting
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John Bullough authored a newly published report written to assist airports as they decide if and when to install LED runway and taxiway lights.

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Foundry-RPI: Helping To Develop Entrepreneurial Leaders

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The Foundry-RPI provides an experience-based community in which student entrepreneurs can develop their business models as they also learn the practices of entrepreneurship and management.

Two Alumni Honored as Presidential Early Career Award Winners
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Two Rensselaer graduates have been honored as recipients of the national Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

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T.J. Wojnar Jr. ’80 Presents Record Gift Match From ExxonMobil Foundation

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T.J. Wojnar Jr. ’80 presented a matching gift check of $201,660 to President Shirley Ann Jackson on behalf of ExxonMobil Foundation.

Chris Thompson Named Head Athletic Trainer
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Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton has announced the elevation of Chris Thompson to head athletic trainer.

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Miriam Katz Named Ocean Leadership Distinguished Lecturer

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Miriam Katz, assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, is one of six scientists nationwide to be named a 2012-2013 Ocean Leadership Distinguished Lecturer.

John Killings Named Assistant Director of Student Activities and Multicultural Programs
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In the newly created position, Killings will advise all student organizations on being more inclusive, and support multicultural student organizations.

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