Matthew Hunter ’49 (Hon.), (inset right), was the first to produce pure titanium, discovering a variety of desirable properties that have made it the metal of choice in many industries. As dean of faculty at Rensselaer, he led the Institute’s dramatic academic growth after World War II.
“This year’s inductees embody Rensselaer’s spirit of bold exploration,” says Jeff Schanz, assistant vice president for alumni relations. “Today’s students walk in the footsteps of these pioneers, and share their creative spirit.”
The Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame was created in 1995 to promote Rensselaer by preserving, celebrating, and widely communicating its long and exceptional heritage. The achievements of Rensselaer alumni throughout the years have had important and far-reaching effect. From the bridge builders of the 19th century to the engineers and scientists of space exploration, from the innovators of the Industrial Revolution to the entrepreneurs of computer and information systems, Rensselaer alumni have helped shape our world.
This year’s class will be formally inducted during Reunion & Homecoming weekend, Oct. 2-4, on the Troy campus. To learn more about this year’s honorees, or to read more about past inductees, visit www.rpi.edu/about/hof.