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Michael Ciminera ’59
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Ciminera ’59 Addresses First-Year Convocation

Michael Ciminera ’59 spoke to Rensselaer’s newest students at this year’s First-Year Convocation Aug. 24. Ciminera retired in 1998, after more than 40 years at the Northrop Grumman Corporation, as vice president and senior adviser on the F-18 and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle programs. Ciminera serves as chairman of the advisory board for Rensselaer’s School of Engineering.

“Your experience at RPI will be an important part of your life’s voyage,” he told the members of the Class of 2007. “It’s up to you how you take advantage of all that RPI offers. Try new things; try everything — new sports, new organizations, new social events, new cultures, real-world work experiences. Chances to take classes in subjects you would never have thought of await you.”

Ciminera described the “exciting and challenging future that you will, no doubt, shape.” He talked about innovations in nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, space exploration, aeronautical technologies, and more.

“You as scientists, engineers, architects, managers, and entrepreneurs will work across many disciplines and fields and in different sectors to create the revolutionary innovations that I briefly described,” he told the students. “Enjoy every bit of what RPI has to offer. I know you will succeed because you are the best and the brightest.” —TL

Rensselaer Magazine: Winter 2003
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