At RensselaerMaking a Difference
HONORING STEPHEN VAN RENSSELAER PATROONS
Membership in the Stephen
Van Rensselaer Society of Patroons is the highest honor for a Rensselaer
donor. This prestigious society recognizes those individuals who uphold
the example set by Rensselaer’s eminent founder, Stephen Van Rensselaer,
through cumulative giving of $1 million or more. These individuals support
Rensselaer in myriad ways, yet their philanthropy has one common theme—ensuring
the future of the institution and the quality of its research and educational
program. A complete list of members as of January 2000 follows:
BLUE RIBBON, MDL CHALLENGE COMPLETED
At the end of 1999, two major fund-raising efforts were successfully completed—the Blue Ribbon Initiative and the Multidisciplinary Design Laboratory Challenge. Blue Ribbon was launched in 1997 to help the School of Engineering and the School of Science achieve their strategic objectives in faculty renewal and student quality. Support has exceeded the $2.5 million goal; all funds raised were matched dollar for dollar by internal funding from Rensselaer. Rensselaer also met and exceeded the terms of a $750,000 challenge provided by Trustee Robert Swanson ’58 and his wife, Cynthia Shevlin. The campaign raised an additional $750,000 for the Multidisciplinary Design Laboratory in the high bay area of the Jonsson Engineering Center. Construction is now under way to convert existing space into three new work areas designed to support team design activities.
GIFTS TO CIEEM REPRESENTS MAJOR UPGRADE
LSI Logic has donated
a Novellus M21 PVD tool valued at $2.75 million to the Center for Integrated
Electronics, Electronics Manufacturing, and Electronic Media (CIEEM).
According to Toh-Ming Lu, professor of physics and co-director of Rensselaer’s
Center for Advanced Interconnect Science and Technology, the equipment
will maximize the ability of Rensselaer researchers to overcome existing
barriers in interconnect technology. Richard Hill, president and CEO of
Novellus Systems Corporation, was instrumental in facilitating an upgrade
of this state-of-the-art Novellus technology for Rensselaer.