When school opened
for this academic year, Greg Hughes '67, vice provost for information technology,
hoped Rensselaer's new B.S. in IT would attract at least 25 new Rensselaer students.
More than 70 are enrolled! And interest is mounting.
In addition, Rensselaer has created an innovative M.S. in IT program
that also allows professional students to attend classes at a distance using electronic
Guided by faculty, alumni, and industry partners, Rensselaer has responded to
the explosive need for IT professionals throughout the world and in every field.
The new B.S. in IT is a unique program that provides solid grounding
in IT but doesn't stop there. Unlike curricula at other universities, the Rensselaer
program features an application focus on a second discipline such as entrepreneurship,
arts, bioinformatics, communication and networking, and engineering.
Other focus disciplines include marketing, multimedia data and knowledge
management, psychology, pre-med, and simulation-based science and engineering.
"Rensselaer is the first university that I know of that's taken a
multidisciplinary approach," says Rensselaer Trustee Paula Simon '68, vice president
for information technology services at MetLife.
"We all have seen and know about strict engineering or computer science
kinds of IT programs. RPI adds the second component that is discipline specific.
That's what makes this really special," Simon says.
In graduate education, Rensselaer has created an all-new M.S. in
IT program for students at the Troy campus, at Rensselaer at Hartford, and at
58 corporate sites now served by Rensselaer's Office of Professional and Distance
In addition, Rensselaer is developing interactive Web-based IT courses
at the graduate level. Students around the world will be able to register for
certificate programs or pursue advanced IT degrees at home, at the office, or
on the road.
Rensselaer's graduate and undergraduate IT programs prepare students
for a fundamentally changed workplace where they will use IT to reshape medicine,
law, communications, manufacturing, transportation, entertainment, finance, computing,
"A grounding in information technology will give people access not
just to data, or information, but to knowledge-knowledge for the engineer, the
architect, the banker, the insurance person," says Rensselaer Trustee Nicholas
Donofrio '67, senior vice president for technology and manufacturing at IBM.
"There isn't an industry or occupation in the world that is going
to escape this explosion in digital capability that we call information technology,"
For more information on IT at Rensselaer, contact Greg Hughes at
(518) 276-2660, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit
the IT Web page at www.rpi.edu/IT.
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