Flights of Spring
At the spring 2002 exhibition for Introduction to Engineering Design (IED), Frisbees of every color were launched by their team-built machines. Gears, levers, pull chains, and even automatic loading mechanisms were created for optimum aerodynamics, sending the discs sailing specific distances, toward specific targets. Students admitted the seemingly simple challenge presented many design and building complications.
Rankings Climb
U.S. News & World Report once again placed Rensselaer among the nation’s top 50 universities and rated the undergraduate engineering program at 15th in the nation, a jump from 17th last year. Rensselaer also ranks 34th as a “great school at a great price,” up from 42nd last year.
In Excellent Company
Rensselaer’s doctoral program in applied mathematics was ranked No. 21 in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The Institute is tied with Harvard, Rutgers, Arizona, Colorado at Boulder, and SUNY at Stony Brook.
Filling the Pipeline
The $1.2 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to enhance science education is also supporting an exchange program with two historically black colleges, Hampton University and Virginia Union University. Undergraduates from HU and VUU will spend a summer at Rensselaer for each of the four summers supported by the grant. One or two faculty from those institutions will be part of the exchange as well.
Successful Program
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Rensselaer’s entrepreneurship program 13th in the nation, and Success magazine puts Rensselaer at 6th place on its list of the 50 “Best Entrepreneurship Business Schools.”