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therensselaerPlan20249timegraduatestudyhavereachedtheirhighestlevelsever.Wehaveraisedundergraduateandgraduateadmissionstandards.TheaverageSATscoresofourincomingundergraduatestudentshaverisendramatically.Theacademicqualifica-tionsofourenteringgraduatestudentshaverisensharply.Wearemoreselectiveandasaresultourstudentbodyisbetterequippedthaneverbeforetosucceedacademicallyandprofessionally.Theethnicandculturalgenderintellectualandgeographicdiversityofincomingstudentshasincreased.Twelveyearsagowomenmadeup22percentofthefreshmanclass.Todaywomenrepresent31percentofallstudents.NewpoliciesdesignedtoattractandretainfemalestudentsareenablingwomenatRensselaertopursuetheiracademicgoalsinawelcomingatmosphere.TheattractionofunderrepresentedminoritiestoRensselaerwhorepresent10percentofthestu-dentbodyremainsachallengeandisakeyprior-ityinTheRensselaerPlan2024.PeopleTheStaffProminentacademicandadministrativelead-ershavebeenappointedtokeypositions.AdministrativeportfolioshavebeencreatedelevatedandrestructuredtofacilitatethekeyenterprisesoftheInstitute.PortfolioleadershaveeffectivelymanagedtheperformanceplanningprocessinitiatedunderTheRensselaerPlan.Highlytalentedanddedicatedstaffareworkingtogethertoimproveadministrativeandservicesup-portfortheeducationalresearchandstudentlifedimensionsoftheRensselaerexperience.ThestaffhascontributedtothevitalityoftheInstitutebyfocusingonthehighestprioritiesbyachievingnewlevelsofefficiencythroughincreasedprocessinte-grationandcollaborationandbyofferingcreativesolutionsformoreeffectiveresourceutilization.PogamsreseachandScholashipToinvigorateresearchunderTheRensselaerPlanwehaveextendedourfocusandtakenriskstomoveintonewdomainsofsignificanceattheintersectionsofdisciplines.WehaveinvestedinfiveSignatureResearchThrustsBiotechnologyandtheLifeSciencesComputationalScienceandEngineeringMediaArtsScienceandTechnologyEnergyEnvironmentandSmartSystemsandNanotechnologyandAdvancedMaterialsareasthatintersectdecisivelywithandleverageexistingRensselaerresearchexcellence.WehavesoughtandhiredscientificandengineeringleaderstoanchorresearchConstellationsmultidisciplinaryteamsofseniorandjuniorfacultygraduatestudentsandundergraduatescreatinganexusofintellectualandscientificcapacityinkeyacademicarenas.Tofurtherbolsterourresearchcapabilitiesfocusandimpactwehaveestablishednewresearchcentersthatcapitalizeandexpanduponourcorestrengthsandfocalareasincludingenergyresearchlightingstemcellresearchthebuiltenvironmentastrobiologyandsocialandcogni-tivenetworks.OutoftheseinvestmentshavecomeremarkablediscoveriesandinnovationsincludingunderstandingthestructureoftheMilkyWayunlockingthecellsignalingandfunc-tionalcharacteristicscarriedwithinpolysaccha-ridesbioengineeringsyntheticheparincreatingtheworldsdarkestmostlightabsorbingmate-rialanddevelopingsentientdigitalbeings.Onesignificantresultofourinvestmentshasbeenathreefoldincreaseinsponsoredresearchexpendituresto100millionperyear.PogamsAcademicsSeveralnewdegreeprogramshavebeenlaunchedincludingundergraduatedegreepro-gramsinCognitiveScienceElectronicArtsGamesandSimulationArtsandSciencesDesignInnovationandSocietySustainabilityStudiesBioinformaticsandMolecularBiologyInformationTechnologyandWebScienceandanewmanagementconcentrationinaccount-ing.B.S.M.S.co-terminalprogramshavebeenadded.TheMBAcurriculumhasbeenrevamped.TheM.S.inmanagementcurriculumhasbeenexpandedtoincludeFinancialEngineeringandRiskAnalytics.AnewMBAM.S.inLawhasbeenestablishedincollaborationwithAlbanyLawSchool.AnewB.S.inBiomedicalEngineeringM.D.hasbeenlaunchedwith