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(left to right) Richard Rittelmann ’60, vice chairman of the architectural firm Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann; donors Warren ’46 and Pauline Bruggeman; Anthony Tether ’64, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; President Shirley Ann Jackson; New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno; New York State Congressman Michael McNulty; Chairman of the Board Samuel Heffner ’56; and Troy Mayor Mark Pattison. Photo by Thomas Griffin.

Advancing Discovery

On May 17, Rensselaer broke ground for its new state-of-the-art Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies.

“This will be a birthplace of discovery. It will rank among the world’s most advanced facilities for science and engineering research,” said President Shirley Ann Jackson in her opening remarks. “This is a landmark day for the Rensselaer community, as we break ground on the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies — tangible evidence of the success of the Rensselaer Plan.”

The new center will be central to achieving exponential growth in research and will house world-class faculty and state-of-the-art laboratories.

The event provided an opportunity to hear from and to thank the many individuals who have played a role in the development of the facility — members of the architectural team, Rensselaer trustees, local, state, and national government partners, and, most notably, those who have made major financial contributions. Pauline and Warren Bruggeman ’46 received recognition for their early leadership support of the facility. Pauline and Warren (who is a Rensselaer trustee) have been dedicated for many years to Rensselaer students, faculty, research, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship. They previously created the Warren H. Bruggeman ’46 and Pauline Urban Bruggeman Distinguished Professorship, now held by Professor Philip Phan of the Lally School of Management and Technology.

A complex of rooms in the new center will be named for the Bruggemans. Their leadership gift, along with other major gifts in support of “constellations” of research faculty, will help to ensure the success of the Rensselaer research program. To date, constellation support has been received from Gail and Jeffrey Kodosky ’70, also a Rensselaer trustee, and from New York philanthropist Marty Silverman.

Rensselaer Magazine: September 2002
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