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 At Rensselaer—Making 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:


Patricia & Richard Anderson ’49
Mary Jane & Hugh Archer ’37
Ann & John Arnold ’43
Carolyn & Neal Barton ’58
Irene & Robert Bozzone ’55
Ann & John Broadbent ’59
Pauline & Warren Bruggeman ’46
Beverly & Edgar Cortright ’45
Peggy Darrin (’40)
Jacqueline & Robert Forman ’61
Gail & Samuel Heffner ’56
Wayne R. Hellman
Kay & Edward Hood
Jane & John Horton ’52
Betty & Howard Isermann ’42
Elisabeth & Samuel Johnson ’37
Thelma & Kenneth Lally
Barbara & Albert Lawrence
Ruth & Augustine Marusi ’36
Rosa & William Mow ’59
Nancy S. Mueller (’64)
Elaine & Jack Parker
Dorothy C. Penn (’40)
Rosalind Redfern (’33)
Patricia & C. Sheldon Roberts ’48
Claire & Roland Schmitt
Kathleen & Paul Severino ’69
Theodore Singer ’48
Sandra Strichman (’37)
Cynthia Shevlin & Robert Swanson ’58
Lisa & Carl Thomsen ’38
Martha Thornton (’33)
Nathalie & Alan Voorhees ’47
Laura & Dean Wellington ’83
Masashi Yamada
Betsy & Alex Young ’58
( )= class year of deceased spouse

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.

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