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Claire Fraser ’77 met with alumni at a recent regional event that focused on genomics research.

Professional Connections

Working the Rensselaer Network!

John Bogdan ’86, senior scientist at Baxter BioScience in Columbia, Md., decided to attend a recent regional alumni event because the subject area was of interest, and because he hoped to make new connections in his field. His success in making those connections confirms once again that the Rensselaer alumni network is a potent tool for professional growth.

The event, “Rensselaer at the Cutting Edge: The Human Genome Project and Beyond,” was held in March in Rockville, Md. Focused on biotechnology, it featured a joint presentation by Claire Fraser ’77, president of The Institute for Genomic Research, and Jonathan Dordick, Rensselaer’s Howard P. Isermann ’42 Professor of Chemical Engineering. Fraser and Dordick discussed leading-edge genomics research from the perspectives of industry and academia.

Bogdan met alumni from all facets of the biotechnology field, representatives from the National Institutes of Health, as well as Shreefal Mehta, research assistant professor of management at Rensselaer. This connection brought Bogdan back to campus as a representative of his company, where he met with students who have formed a biotechnology group. He’s also developed new ties in the field for his own professional growth.

His is just one of many stories that continue to come out of Rensselaer alumni affinity and networking activities. The Office of Alumni Relations, in partnership with local alumni chapters and alumni affinity groups throughout the U.S., will continue to sponsor events like this to support the clear demand from Rensselaer alumni to learn about cutting-edge research and to grow the thriving alumni network. Affinity areas of particular interest for growth are biotechnology, information technology, entrepreneurship, intellectual property/commercialization, and building technologies/trades. If you are interested in getting involved, contact Kathy Kinsey at (518) 276-2832 or

Alumni Travel Tours 2003

The RAA sponsors tours to exciting destinations around the world at a great price. Alumni of all ages can travel with a group of people who are sure to share their interests—fellow Rensselaer alumni. For more information, contact program coordinator John Buckley ’49 at (518) 274-6562 or write to him c/o Alumni Relations, 1301 Peoples Ave., Troy, NY 12180.

New Career Tools for Alumni

Rensselaer alumni have free access to CareerTools, a comprehensive job search and career management site that includes resume templates, a job site index, research resources, a career wizard, networking resources, and more. CareerTools is offered through Rensselaer’s partnership with ExecuPlanet and Lee Hecht Harrison LLC. Go to for more information.

E-mail for Life

All alumni as well as current seniors, juniors, and graduate students are eligible for a free “” e-mail account. The easy-to-establish browser-based account can be used from any computer with Internet access. Additional features include the ability to forward mail to and from another e-mail address, create folders, set up a vacation reply, send and receive messages with attachments, and change user passwords. Yahoo Mail users take note: Yahoo will soon be charging for its mail-forwarding feature. To sign up, visit AlumServ at and click on the “E-mail for Life” tab.

Rensselaer Magazine: June 2002
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