Faculty Lauded at Annual Trustee Celebration
Anna Dyson, director of the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) and professor of architecture, was the keynote speaker at Rensselaer’s 2012 Trustee Celebration of Faculty Achievement on Dec. 13 in the auditorium of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies. The annual event is an opportunity to recognize the outstanding contributions and achievements of Rensselaer’s faculty members.
CASE, a multi-institutional and professional research collaboration co-hosted by Rensselaer and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, hosts Rensselaer’s graduate program in architectural sciences, with a concentration in built ecologies. The program is focused on the development of next-generation research practitioners able to provide performance-driven building technologies to support clean, self-sustaining built environments. Dyson’s lecture, “Towards Resiliency in the Built Environment,” described some of the work being done at CASE.
Following Dyson’s lecture, President Shirley Ann Jackson, Provost Prabhat Hajela, and Arthur Gajarsa ’62, chairman of the Rensselaer Board of Trustees, recognized and honored faculty members for their achievements. A dinner followed at the Heffner Alumni House.
“At the heart of all we do here at Rensselaer is a world-class faculty whose achievements include teaching students who go on to help change our world for the better, as well as making important scientific and other discoveries that are fundamental to solving the global challenges we all face,” said President Jackson. “Each year, at this time, we at Rensselaer take a moment to honor the achievements of our faculty as they continue to channel their spirit of innovation and quest for knowledge to meet our founder’s challenge: applying science to the common purposes of life. By continually working across disciplines—a core component of the Rensselaer approach to teaching and research—our faculty members are receiving recognition for their work, discoveries, and advancements across an array of disciplines that range from medicine to manufacturing, energy to information technology, and architecture to the arts. Students who choose to come to Rensselaer are truly engaging with some of the best teachers and researchers in the world.”
“What we accomplish within these walls is a direct result of the excellent education those who choose to come here receive,” said Gajarsa. “For over 175 years, one constant has been the amazing, bright individuals who come here to Rensselaer in pursuit of an education that will help change our world for the better, as well as the development of the critical thinking skills required in order to solve the 21st-century challenges we all face. The true engine of this education is indeed our faculty, many of whom earn distinctions ranging from awards to patents as they pursue teaching and research. Through hard work and engagement with our students, they help foster an emerging spirit of innovation and leadership that helps mold the individuals who will meet the tests of this still young century. It is important that we pause to honor those faculty members who have received recognition for their work.”