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Research Leadership
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Accomplishments Under
The Rensselaer Plan

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Research Leadership

The Rensselaer Plan Aim: Lead in key research domains, applying “science to the common purposes of life” (our historic mission).

Faculty Renewal
  • Hired 275 new faculty since Fall 1999.
  • Created 74 net new faculty positions since 1999.
  • Began Fall of 2011 with 4% more tenure/tenure-track faculty than Fall of 2000.
  • Reduced student/faculty ratio from 18:1 in Fall 1999 to 15:1 in Fall 2011.
  • Increased the number of women faculty from 52 to 105 — a 102% increase since 1999.
  • Increased the number of underrepresented minority faculty from 52 to 106 — a 104% increase since 1999.
  • Appointed twelve constellation faculty.
  • Have 49 NSF Career Award recipients as part of the Rensselaer faculty.
  • Created Faculty Seed Fund for new research directions.
  • Created Faculty Revitalization Fund for research initiation for new faculty research.
Research Enterprise
  • Created Office of Vice President for Research and appointed Vice President of Research as University Officer.
  • Appointed Associate Vice President for Research/Physical and Engineering Sciences.
  • Appointed Assistant Vice President for Research.
  • Defined focal areas in Biotechnology and Information Technology for strategic investment.
  • Hired first “world class constellations” of faculty in Biotechnology, IT, and Physics.
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