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Department Faculty

Rensselaer’s faculty members are a collaborative community working in an atmosphere of increasing interdisciplinarity.

RPI faculty take pride in their dedication to teaching — demonstrating a commitment to excellence in teaching that always has been a hallmark of Rensselaer’s teacher-scholars.


Richard Bopp

  • Associate Professor
  • Ph.D., Columbia University
    B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mimi Katz

  • Associate Professor
  • Ph.D., Rutgers University; M.S., University of South Carolina; B.S., St. Lawrence University

Steven W Roecker

  • Professor
  • B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology
    Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Karyn Rogers

  • Assistant Professor
  • Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University, 2006

    A.M.  in Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University, 2001

    M.S. in Geological & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University, 2001

    A.B in Environmental Science & Public Policy and Earth & Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, 1996

Morgan Schaller

Frank Spear

  • Professor and Department Head
  • Ph.D., 1976 University of California, Los Angeles
    B.A., 1971 Amherst College, Amherst MA.

Faculty Emeriti
M. Brian Bayly Professor Emeritus Structural Geology
Michael J. Gaffey Professor Emeritus Planetary Geology & Remote Sensing
Samuel Katz Professor Emeritus Seismology & Geophysics
Robert G. Lafleur Professor Emeritus Hydrogeology
Donald S. Miller Professor Emeritus Petrology & Geochronology
Research Faculty
Daniele J. Cherniak Research Associate Professor Experimental Geochemistry & Accelerator Spectrometry
Dan Ruscitto Lab Manager Electron Probe & Mass Spectrometer
Research Scientists
Ben Hallett Postdoctoral Research Associate
Nicholas Tailby Postdoctoral Research Fellow Solid Earth’s Geochemistry and Astrobiology
Dustin Trail Postdoctoral Research Associate Solid Earth’s Geochemistry and Astrobiology
Jay B. Thomas Senior Research Associate Experimental Geochemistry & Atomic Force Imaging
Heather Watson Research Associate Geochemistry and Cosmochemisty
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