Hartford Takes on Education for Working Professionals
With the recent appointment of Alan Eckbreth ’76 as vice president and dean of Rensselaer at Hartford, responsibility for all aspects of the Education for Working Professionals portfolio, including oversight of all distance-delivery functions and part-time programs, has been shifted to the Hartford campus.
New CIE Director Named
Omkaram “Om” Nalamasu, an international expert in micro- and nanoelectronics, was named director of the Center for Integrated Electronics (CIE) in October. Facilities of the CIE, a major research center with approximately $8.7 million in funded research annually, include a 10,000-square-foot class 100 clean room, which currently is being upgraded to support eight-inch silicon wafer technology.
Lessons from Ground Zero
William “Al” Wallace ’61, professor of decision sciences and engineering systems, received one of eight NSF grants to study how interdependent a community’s critical infrastructures (communications, transportation, water, electric power systems) are and how systems operators in New York City handled disruptions during and after Sept. 11. The study aims to provide computer tools to aid in future disasters.
Terahertz Research Endorsed
On July 3, 2002, Rensselaer’s Center for Terahertz Research opened. Two days later, the W.M. Keck Foundation awarded Rensselaer $1 million to establish the Keck Laboratory for Terahertz Science within the new research center. Rensselaer’s terahertz research team has made important breakthroughs in microscopy, medical imaging, and new research to identify terrorist threats.
Re-Coring the Core
The core engineering program is undergoing complete review with the goal of strengthening engineering fundamentals, problem-solving skills, computing applications, communication skills, and professionalism.