Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a top-tier technological research university with global reach and global impact.
The university offers degrees from five schools: Engineering; Science; Architecture; Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; and the Lally School of Management; as well as an interdisciplinary degree in Information Technology and Web Science.
Driven by talented, dedicated, and forward-thinking faculty, Rensselaer has dramatically expanded its research enterprise by leveraging its existing strengths and focusing on five signature research areas: biotechnology and the life sciences; energy, the environment, and smart systems; computational science and engineering; nanotechnology and advanced materials; and media, arts, science, and technology.
The Institute is especially well-known for its success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace so that new discoveries and inventions benefit human life, protect the environment, and strengthen economic development.
Academic Approach and Educational Innovations
According to Princeton Review, “Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is simultaneously the oldest technological university in the country and the most modern school of technology in the U.S.”
Since its inception, Rensselaer has focused on “…the application of science to the common purpose of life” through innovative pedagogy. In 1824, students taught what they knew to each other as a means of reinforcing their learning. Today, all students, regardless of major, are equipped with the technology and skills to understand and interpret big data in their chosen fields. Utilizing the most current pedagogical approaches and technology, Rensselaer students are able to collaborate across disciplines, sectors, and regions to address challenges and opportunities critical to our future.
The Center for Architecture Science and the Ecology (CASE) is a perfect example of collaborative research and applied learning in action. Co-located on the Rensselaer campus and in lower Manhattan, CASE unites advanced architectural and engineering practices with scientific research through a unique and intensive collaboration between multiple institutions, manufacturers and professional offices within the building industry. By bringing together ambitious building design professionals with research faculty and advanced students dedicated to the exploration of emerging building technologies, the research center is pushing the boundaries of environmental performance in urban building systems.
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