This fall we welcomed the largest class in Rensselaer’s history – class of 2020! This new class and the returning students have energized the campus. The freshman class is impressive and diverse – it includes students from 47 US states and many countries around the globe. There are outstanding athletes, musicians, and entrepreneurs in this class. As I walk the campus, and meet new students and get to know them, I find them ambitious, hard-working, idealistic, and passionate about changing the world, interested in solving the big problems facing the globe. Naturally, I am truly optimistic about the future!