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Bruggemans Help To Realize the Rensselaer Plan
Rensselaer has received a generous gift to the endowment from Trustee Warren Bruggeman '46 and his wife, Pauline Urban Bruggeman. In recognition of the gift, a complex in the Rensselaer Plan's proposed biotechnology and interdisciplinary studies facility will be named the Pauline Urban Bruggeman and Warren H. Bruggeman '46 Complex.

The complex will be the "public face" of the proposed building as it welcomes international visitors, world-class researchers, alumni, faculty, and students. The Bruggeman Complex will accommodate public meetings, seminars, classrooms, exhibits, and activities that showcase Rensselaer's work in biotechnology and interdisciplinary studies.

"The Bruggemans previously created a distinguished professorship—the Warren H. Bruggeman '46 and Pauline Urban Bruggeman Distinguished Professorship—and have generously supported scholarships and fellowships for our students," said Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson. "Their gifts have modernized our classrooms and laboratories. They remain dedicated to Rensselaer faculty, research, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship. With this new gift, the Bruggemans are making a significant contribution to the future of Rensselaer and its 21st century leadership in biotechnology and interdisciplinary research."

Warren Bruggeman served as vice president and general manager for General Electric's worldwide Nuclear Energy Operations. His earlier career included technical and managerial responsibilities at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory and the Gas Turbine Division. A former Naval officer, Bruggeman earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering at Rensselaer and is a graduate of the Columbia University Executive Management Program. He also served as co-chair of the presidential search committee that brought Jackson to Rensselaer.

Warren and Pauline Bruggeman helped to create the very first business incubator in Ukraine modeled after the successful business incubator at Rensselaer. They recently founded Software Factory International Ltd. to provide access for Eastern European technology to the U.S.

The Bruggemans are members of the Heritage Society and the Stephen Van Rensselaer Society of Patroons of Rensselaer, which recognize the most dedicated and generous supporters of the Institute. In 1994, the Bruggemans were honored as the William F. Glaser '53 Entrepreneurs of the Year by the Venture Affiliates of Rensselaer. This award honors Rensselaer alumni who are successful entrepreneurs and role models for Rensselaer students.

In honor of their 50th reunion, the Class of 1951 has undertaken a unique effort to help build Rensselaer's endowment. After their successful 45th reunion, members of the class formed an ongoing reunion committee. Led by class president Stan Lash '51, their purpose was to find a way to commemorate their class and help Rensselaer. The result was the establishment of three endowed funds:
  • The Class of 1951 Teaching Awards Fund to recognize deserving faculty for outstanding performance in their work with undergraduates. The fund sponsors two awards. One, for untenured faculty on tenure track, will recognize outstanding achievement in the undergraduate classroom. A second award will support faculty who propose the development of new teaching methodologies and techniques or the use of new educational technologies.
  • The Class of 1951 Student Entrepreneurship Award to provide seed money for the purchase of materials and services to enable student teams in the Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship to develop and implement a business plan for a product or service.
  • The Class of 1951 Transfer Student Scholarship to support undergraduate students transferring to Rensselaer in their junior year.

"Rensselaer provided the backbone for our working endeavors that followed over the next 50 years," the class states on its Web site class/1951/.

According to Lash, the effort is "not just for the 50th reunion, but an ongoing campaign" to raise as much money as possible to support students, faculty, and entrepreneurship. He and members of the reunion committee believe any class can start a campaign of this scope—all it takes is leadership, commitment, and a desire to give back to Rensselaer.

Members of the class who would like to make a gift or learn more about this campaign may contact Adrienne Larys at (518) 276-8570 or To learn more about establishing a similar program for your class, contact Bill Maslyn '92 at (518) 276-2325 or


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