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Making a Difference
Reaching for the Stars:
Rensselaer’s First Constellation
A major gift of $5
million from Gail Theilmann Kodosky and Jeff Kodosky ’70 has set into
motion plans for Rensselaer’s first “constellation” in physics, information
technology, and entrepreneurship. Jeff Kodosky received his bachelor’s
degree in physics from Rensselaer in 1970 and is co-founder, director,
and vice president of research and development of National Instruments
(see also Making a Difference).
Fundamental to realizing
the strategic opportunities presented by the Rensselaer Plan is hiring
and retaining the very best people—world-class faculty—and assuring that
Rensselaer can provide them with a community of research colleagues, the
programmatic resources, and the physical facilities to make their work
come to life, and to engage our students.
To attract the very
best people, and to achieve real impact, Rensselaer’s intention is to
create constellations of faculty working in carefully selected areas across
the spectrum of information technology, biotechnology, and their nexus.
These constellations will bring internationally recognized senior faculty
members to Rensselaer, pair them with junior faculty members in their
field, and support them with the research and programmatic resources needed
for leadership in a particular research arena.
Each of the constellations
will catapult Rensselaer forward quickly in a given area of research and
education. Collectively, all of the constellations will create a critical
mass of outstanding faculty who, in partnership with existing Rensselaer
stars, will create true global reach and impact.