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Research as a Driver for Changing the World

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At the end of the first decade of the 21st century, science, engineering, and technology are being used to address challenges of unprecedented complexity. The universities of today are charged with a fundamental role in this process—to create the next great innovations, and to educate the next generation of innovators who can address today’s and tomorrow’s most critical challenges.

Solutions to scientific and societal challenges begin with insight and discovery, and Rensselaer researchers are leaders in this landscape. Today, Rensselaer’s researchers in energy, environment, and smart systems are exploring the development of renewable technologies to enable us to coexist with a bio-diverse planet; our biotechnology and life sciences researchers are leading the way to the creation of life-saving treatments; Rensselaer researchers in nanotechnology and advanced materials are enabling the development of new materials that support a safer, more cost-effective, and sustainable environment. Through computational science and engineering, Rensselaer researchers are deepening our comprehension of a multi-faceted world. Using Rensselaer’s extraordinary media, arts, science , and technology platforms that blur existing boundaries between observation, perception, and experience, our researchers are creating environments that expand our ability to learn, understand, and communicate.

For the last decade, the Rensselaer Plan has provided a blueprint for transformation and impact. It has guided development of an exceptional campus environment for advancing research with the potential to address science and society’s most challenging problems. Based on this strong foundation, Rensselaer research is creating a better future through the innovation and engineering of a better world. With our accelerated trajectory, the best is yet to come.


Research Regulation and Compliance

The Office for Research is committed to the highest standards of research integrity in all work conducted at Rensselaer. The Office provides support, services and training to assure compliance with ethical and regulatory mandates governing research, including safe and humane care of animals used in research, biosafety, the protection of human subjects, the use of human and animal stem cells, and conflicts of interest.

Many research activities, and certain teaching activities, at Rensselaer are subject to oversight by various state or federally-mandated committees. Specific proposed research and teaching activities for Rensselaer faculty, staff and students may require review and approval by one or more of these committees, regardless of the source of funding support.  In many cases, written proof of appropriate approvals must be submitted to funding agencies prior to the disbursement of funds.  These review processes may require several weeks or months to complete.

If your proposed research or teaching involves any of the following areas, please contact the relevant committee(s) to determine if review and approval are required before the work is initiated:

  • If your research, on campus or at another institution, involves the use of vertebrate animals, please contact the Rensselaer Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) at IACUC@rpi.edu or review the IACUC Web page.
  • If your research, on campus or off campus, involves protocols that use human subjects, please contact the Rensselaer Institutional Review Board (IRB) at IRB@rpi.edu or review the IRB Web page.
  • If your research, on campus or off campus, involves the purchase, acquisition, generation or use of human embryonic stem cells or gametes, please contact the Rensselaer Institutional Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee (ISCRO) at ISCRO@rpi.edu or review the ISCRO Web page.
  • If your research, on campus or at another institution, involves the use of any of the following agents, please contact the Rensselaer Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) at IBC@rpi.edu or review the IBC Web page:
    • Recombinant DNA
    • Recombinant RNA
    • Human cells
    • Bacteria
    • Viruses or viral vectors
    • Select Agents or other pathogenic organisms
    • Toxins


Office for Research Contacts

Jonathan S. Dordick
Vice President for Research
518-276-4873
dordick@rpi.edu

Wolf W. von Maltzahn
Associate VP for Research
518-276-4873
vonmaw@rpi.edu

Nick Viggiani
Assistant VP for Research
518-276-3400
viggin@rpi.edu

Tanya Rautine
Senior Business Manager
518-276-3010
struzt@rpi.edu

Tim McMullen
Senior Systems Administrator
518-276-6022
mcmult2@rpi.edu

Jack Huang
Grant Director
518-276-4875
Huangj7@rpi.edu

Joelle Willis
Compliance Specialist
518-276-4863
willij@rpi.edu

Denise Elwell
Executive Assistant
518-276-4873
elweld@rpi.edu

Tiffany Dwight
Desktop Support Analyst
518-276-4312
dwight@rpi.edu

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