21st Century Technological Education

Rensselaer’s School of Engineering is committed to educating engineers prepared to solve society’s grand technical challenges with integrity and excellence.

Our mission is to educate leaders of tomorrow for technology-based careers; to celebrate discovery, and the responsible application of technology; to create knowledge and global prosperity.

Global Challenge-Linked Research

Research at Rensselaer's School of Engineering

In 2024 Rensselaer will be celebrating 200th anniversary! Throughout our history, we have been guided by our founders’ vision – “applying science to the common purposes of life” – a vision that defines what engineers do: understand and harness science and mathematics to solve the grand challenges facing the world.


The School of Engineering faculty members are committed to undergraduate and graduate education, and all hold the highest attainable degree in their fields. They are active in highly impactful and pioneering engineering research and act as key consultants to industry and the government.

Awards & Recognition

Rensselaer's School of Engineering faculty are regularly recognized for contributions to their fields.  

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Design Lab - About Us

Mission Statement

The O.T. Swanson Multidisciplinary Design Laboratory (a.k.a. the Design Lab) at Rensselaer provides clinical real world experiences for students that build confidence and teaches integration of discipline-specific knowledge with practice on challenging multidisciplinary design projects. As educators, we strive to meet the needs of today's young as they become engineers. We show students what it means to be an engineer and how engineers help people and contribute to society.

Design Lab - People


Students engaged on a project in the Design Lab solve real world engineering challenges for some of the world's largest and most innovative companies as well as newly formed entrepreneurial start-ups. The results are a solid, well-defined solution for sponsors and an unparalleled multidisciplinary engineering experience for students.

Design Lab - Partnerships

Benefits of Sponsorship

The Design Lab continually seeks projects that accomplish two goals:

  • To engage engineering students in open-ended, technically challenging, real-world design projects that are important to sponsors and partners.
  • To provide a valuable return on investment in ideas, innovations, and potential employees to our sponsors and partners.

There are many benefits to becoming a Design Lab project sponsor. Benefits include:

  • Solving a complex technically challenging problem that is important to you.

Design Lab - Projects

The mission of the O. T. Swanson Multidisciplinary Design Laboratory is to provide a clinical real world experience for students; one that builds confidence and allows them to integrate discipline-specific knowledge with practice on challenging multidisciplinary design projects.