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Alumni Hall of Fame

Four new members have been selected for induction into the Alumni Hall of Fame, bringing the total membership to 72. The 2013 class of inductees carries on the tradition of Rensselaer’s distinguished legacy. The 2013 Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame Induction will be held in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center on Friday, October 4, during Reunion & Homecoming.

Conceived in 1995, the Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame was created to honor the past while celebrating all generations of Rensselaer pioneers.
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Alfred Tredway White

 

Alfred Tredway White Class of 1865

Alfred Tredway White inaugurated the housing reform movement in America, creating innovative, affordable housing for the working poor. His model tenement buildings set new standards in their attention to architectural beauty and healthy living conditions. White’s vision and support led to creation of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

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Lewis B. Combs

Lewis B. Combs Class of 1916

Rear Admiral Lewis B. Combs was co-creator and director of World War II’s legendary fighting Seabees, who built docks, landing strips, and other critical facilities in every theater of operation during the war. After retirement from active duty he served as head of the civil engineering department at Rensselaer.

 

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B. Jayant Baliga

B. Jayant Baliga Class of 1974 Ph.D

B. Jayant Baliga revolutionized the field of power electronics with his invention of the insulated gate bipolar transistor, a power-saving switch device used in transportation, lighting, medicine, defense, and renewable energy generation systems. He was awarded the 2010 National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

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Thomas W. Phelan Jr.

Thomas W. Phelan Jr.

As dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences from 1972 to 1994, the Reverend Thomas Phelan transformed a traditional liberal arts curriculum into a cross-disciplinary program focused on bridging the humanities and social sciences with science and technology. He influenced generations of students as chaplain, teacher, historian, and advocate of the arts.

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For information on previous classes, visit the website at www.rpi.edu/rahof.

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