Whether shes talking with local officials about city revitalization efforts or listening to a neighbor about a concern, Allison Newman has her ear to the ground in the growing effort to connect Rensselaer with the surrounding community.
|John Harrington has been named dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Harrington has served 10 years as the dean of humanities and social sciences at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art an exceptionally competitive college in New York City that provides full-tuition scholarship for each of its 900 undergraduates. As dean at Rensselaer, Harrington will oversee a school that serves as a center for several internationally known programs and scholars, with a mission of blending technological expertise with humanistic values, innovative artistic endeavors, and cutting-edge social scientific discoveries. At Cooper Union, Harrington established the first endowed chair in humanities. With support from several federal agencies, he created The Cooper Union Seminars in Science and Art, and also an invitational residency of many prominent writers and visiting distinguished professors. Harrington was educated at Columbia University and University College, Dublin. He earned his Ph.D. in literature from Rutgers University.|
|Denis Fred Simon has been named dean of the Kenneth T. and Thelma P. Lally School of Management and Technology. Prior to his position at Rensselaer, Simon was president of Monitor Group China Ltd. in Beijing, where he directed the companys strategic business development. He also served as general manager for Andersen Consulting in Beijing, and held faculty positions at the Sloan School of Management at MIT from 1983 to 1987 and the Fletcher School at Tufts University from 1987 to 1995. From 1980 to 1983, Simon served as a member of the Executive Secretariat of the U.S. Committee on Science and Technology Exchanges with the Peoples Republic of China. As dean, Simon is the chief academic officer of the Lally School, whose undergraduate business programs have consistently ranked in the nations top 50 by Business Week and by U.S. News & World Report.|
|Alan Eckbreth has been named vice president and dean for Rensselaer at Hartford, the Institutes Hartford-based graduate center devoted to education for the working professional. Eckbreth most recently directed the UTC Fuel Cells Program at United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford. He served as an engineer and manager with United Technologies Corporation (UTC) for more than 34 years. Eckbreth received a bachelors degree in engineering physics from Lehigh University and a masters degree and doctorate in aerospace and mechanical sciences from Princeton University. In 1976 he earned a masters degree in administrative sciences from Rensselaer at Hartford. He holds six patents, has published more than 60 technical papers, and is the author of Laser Diagnostics for Combustion Temperature and Species. Eckbreth was elected a fellow of the Optical Society of America and of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.|
|Donald Drew 67 has been appointed chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Drew, the Eliza Ricketts Professor of Applied Mathematics for the past eight years, has been a Rensselaer faculty member for nearly 30 years. He earned his bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in mathematics from Rensselaer. Drew conducted postdoctoral research at MIT, and taught for two years at New York University. His new appointment as chair comes at a time of promising growth in the Mathematical Sciences Department. Rensselaers doctoral program in applied mathematics is ranked No. 21 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.|
|Steven Liddy, assistant professor of aerospace studies, has been awarded the Leo A. Codd Memorial Award by the National Defense Industrial Association. The award recognizes the most outstanding instructor in the field of aerospace studies.|
|Toh-Ming Lu, the Ray Palmer Baker Distinguished Professor of Physics, received the 2002 William H. Wiley Distinguished Faculty Award. Established by Edward P. Hamilton 07 in memory of William H. Wiley (Class of 1886), the award honors those who have won the respect of the faculty through excellence in teaching, productive research, and interest in the totality of the educational process|
|Gilbert Maffeo, clinical associate professor of communications and human resources at Rensselaer at Hartford, received the 2002 David M. Darrin Counseling Award. The honor was established by Darrin (Class of 40) to recognize a faculty member who has made an unusual contribution in the counseling of students. The selection of the award recipient is made by Phalanx, the student leadership honorary society.|
|James Moore, professor of chemistry, received the 2002 Jerome Fischbach Faculty Travel Grant. The grant was funded by Jerome Fischbach 38 for contributions faculty members have made to the education and motivation of students. The grant funds one member of the Rensselaer faculty to participate in an international meeting as a representative of Rensselaer.|
|Karl Steffen, Rensselaer head baseball coach, was chosen as the New York Region Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Steffen, who recently completed his 18th season at Rensselaer, led the team to a school-record 33 wins (33-11) and its second-ever Division III World Series appearance.|
|Wilfredo Colón, assistant professor of chemistry, received the 2002 Rensselaer Early Career Award, which honors productivity in both teaching and research.|
|William Luddy Jr. 74, professor of management at Rensselaer at Hartford, was named to the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1966, UNCITRAL is the core legal body of the United Nations in the field of international trade law. Luddy has worked in the field of global e-commerce and information-technology policy development for a number of years. He has been part of the Rensselaer faculty for 27 years.|
|Arthur Bergles, Clark and Crossan Professor of Engineering Emeritus, was selected as the 2002 recipient of the Louise and Bill Holladay Distinguished Fellow Award. The award, issued by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), honors outstanding contributions to the ASHRAE and recognizes continuing pre-eminence in engineering or research work. He also received the 2002 ITherm Achievement award presented biennially in recognition of significant contributions made in the field of electronics thermal management and mechanics. ITherm is the International Conference on Thermal, Mechanics and Thermomechanical Phenomena in Electronic Systems.|
|Wolf von Maltzahn, formerly vice president of biomedical engineering at the Whitaker Foundation, has been named the new associate vice president for research. Von Maltzahn is also appointed as professor in the department of biomedical engineering. Von Maltzahn will work with faculty on proposal preparation and coordinate the development of major proposals with faculty teams. In addition, he will work with the director of research development to build partnerships with federal and state agencies, corporate and institutional partners, and foundations, with special attention to programs in bioscience and biotechnology. Von Maltzahn is the author of numerous journal and conference research papers in the areas of vascular mechanics, noninvasive measurement of blood pressure on ambulating individuals, and bioinstrumentation.|
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