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New Domains
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Accomplishments Under
The Rensselaer Plan

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New Domains

The Rensselaer Plan Aim: Move into new areas of fundamental significance in the 21st century, becoming a fully realized technological university.

Biotechnology and the Life Sciences
  • Established the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • Established four constellations in biotechnology – at the intersections of important areas in the bio-domain and Rensselaer core strengths in engineering and information technology.
  • Expanded life sciences focus in Biology, Chemistry (now Chemistry and Chemical Biology), and Chemical Engineering (now the Howard P. Isermann ’42 Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering).
  • Constructed 218,000 square foot state-of-the-art research facility for the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies building, opened in September 2004.
  • Attracted $22.5 million in New York State funding for equipping the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • Unveiled 800 Mhz NMR in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies in March 2006.
  • Obtained State of New York approval of a new Ph.D. program and degree in Biochemistry and Biophysics.
  • Launched a Howard Hughes Minority Undergraduate Research Program at Rensselaer in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary studies in the summer of 2006.
  • Launched the Center for Modeling, Simulation, and Imaging in Medicine (CeMSIM).
Energy and the Environment

Computational Science and Engineering

  • Established the Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations (CCNI), a $100 million partnership involving Rensselaer, IBM, and New York state.
  • Designed and constructed the CCNI platform and facility, made up of massively parallel Blue Gene supercomputers, POWER-based Linux clusters, and AMD Opteron processor-based clusters, providing more than 100 teraflops of computing power, opening it in September 2007 as one of the most powerful university-based supercomputers in the world.
  • Received $2.65 million grant from the National Science Foundation to install new IBM Blue Gene/Q system (Fall 2011).
  • Established four constellations in computation and information technology—building upon existing core strengths in microelectronics and microsystems and advanced scientific computation, modeling, and simulation.
  • Established the ARL-funded Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center (SCNARC).
Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials

Experimental Media and the Arts

  • Conceived Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center as a bold platform at the intersections of art and science, culture and technology.
  • Designed and constructed 220,000 square foot Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) facility.
  • Hired first director for EMPAC.
  • Initiated a collaborative program of EMPAC events and research with faculty and students.
  • Awarded VPP Status by OSHA for the EMPAC construction project’s outstanding site safety program.
  • Achieved LEED certification for EMPAC.

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