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Rensselaer alumni met President Shirley Ann Jackson at a Jan. 10 Hartford regional event.

Making Connections

Redefining Regional Events

Rensselaer alumni still enjoy getting together to see a show, meet campus representatives, tour an interesting facility, or take in a local sporting event. Driven to success in their chosen field, however, alumni are increasingly interested in making professional contacts and learning about technological advances.

Rensselaer’s Office of Alumni Relations, in partnership with local alumni chapters throughout the U.S., is sponsoring more events to support the clear demand from alumni to increase the thriving alumni network and to share some of the breakthrough research being conducted at Rensselaer. One example is the March 13 event in Rockville, Md., “Rensselaer at the Cutting Edge—The Genome Project and Beyond,” featuring a joint presentation by Claire Fraser ’77, president of the Institute for Genomic Research, and Jonathan Dordick, the Howard P. Isermann ’42 Professor of Chemical Engineering at Rensselaer.

To complement these efforts, affinity (or common interest) groups have been formed in areas of professional interest. Groups include the Rensselaer Entrepreneurship Network (REN), Technology Law and Commercialization Professionals (TLC), and the Building Council; information technology and biotechnology groups are being formed. Affinity groups bring together alumni regionally, at national conferences, and through virtual connections. At recent REN events in New York City, for example, venture capitalists heard business plan presentations by alumni-run start-ups, MBA students from campus connected with alumni business professionals, and prospective MBA students saw first-hand the value of the Rensselaer network.

“I’m glad that the Rensselaer network I knew was there is now surfacing,” remarked Robert Forman ’61, a founding member of the REN group. “I’m seeing new faces—recent graduates and seasoned professionals. It’s very refreshing, and I look forward to attending more of these events.”

Rensselaer Magazine: March 2002
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