Shekhar Garde Named Dean of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, N.Y. – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute today named Shekhar Garde as dean of the School of Engineering. The appointment is effective July 1.

Garde, the Elaine S. and Jack S. Parker Chaired Professor in Engineering at Rensselaer, has served since 2007 as head of the university’s Howard. P. Isermann Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE).

HHMI Awards $1.2 Million Grant to Rensselaer To Improve STEM Persistence

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been awarded a five-year, $1.2 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) as part of an education grant program aimed at improving the persistence of students working toward a degree in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The grant will enable Rensselaer to build upon and expand a successful peer-based mentoring program that has improved outcomes for first-year STEM students.

Rensselaer Graduates 1,613 in 208th Commencement

To the 1,613 graduates awarded degrees during the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Commencement ceremony Saturday, President Shirley Ann Jackson urged courage of their convictions and confidence in their capabilities.

“Respect your own grand, but incomplete, ideas—the ones you find exciting—the ones others find vague because they cannot yet see the future you see,” President Jackson said.

Three Rensselaer Student Teams Earn Top Honors for Entrepreneurial Ideas

Student creativity and entrepreneurial thinking to increase the fuel efficiency of tractor trailers, automate a resume building and headhunting web service, and reduce household water consumption have received funding from the Rensselaer Class of 1951 Student Entrepreneurship Award. The fund was established over a decade ago to help transform undergraduate and graduate student ideas into successful ventures. This year the competition was sponsored by the Paul J. ’69 and Kathleen M.