May 24, 2018  
Rensselaer Catalog 2011-2012 
Rensselaer Catalog 2011-2012 [Archived Catalog]


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Office of the President


Shirley Ann Jackson

Secretary of the Institute and General Counsel  

Charles F. Carletta

Associate Vice President for Policy and Planning and Chief of Staff

Laban L. Coblentz

Vice President and Dean, Rensselaer Hartford Campus  

John A. Minasian


Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC)


Johannes E. Goebel

  Curator, Dance  

Hélène Lesterlin

  Curator, Time Based Arts  

Kathleen Forde

  Curator, Music   Micah Silver  

Rensselaer Technology Park and Commercial Real Estate Development


Michael H. Wacholder


Office of Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer, and New Ventures

  Executive Director  

Ronald M. Kudla

Division of Human Resources

Vice President for Human Resources  

Curtis N. Powell

Director, Human Resources  

Larry Hardy

Director, Environmental Health and Safety  

Peter Collopy

Manager, Compensation  

Anne Bilynsky

Manager, Benefits and Retirement  

Louis Padula

Manager, Employment  

Kathy McNamara

Manager, Human Resources Information Systems  

James MacLain

Manager, Operations  

Jacquelyn Turner

Office of the Provost


Robert E. Palazzo

Lead Business Manager  

Patricia Proper

Graduate Education

Vice Provost and Dean  

Stanley M. Dunn

Associate Dean  

Dennis Gornic

Undergraduate Education

Vice Provost and Dean  

Prabhat Hajela

Associate Dean for Academic Advising, Assessment, and Special Programs  

Michael H. Hanna

Program Manager for Undergraduate Education  

Karen Dvorak

Director, Advising and Learning Assistance Center  

Michael H. Hanna

Commanding Officer, USAF Air and Space Studies ROTC  

Lt. Col. Robert S. Drozd

Commanding Officer, Military Science ROTC


Lt. Col. Samantha Ross

Commanding Officer, Naval Science ROTC  

Capt. Jeffrey M. Hughes

Institute Diversity

Vice Provost for Institute Diversity  



Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship  

Robert A. Chernow

Institutional Research

Director, Institutional Research  

Jack Mahoney

School of Architecture


Evan Douglis

Associate Dean  

Mark Mistur

School of Engineering


David V. Rosowsky

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs  

Linda S. Schadler

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs  

Tarek H. Abdoun

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies   Kurt S. Anderson
Director, Engineering Multidisciplinary Design Lab  

Mark W. Steiner

Director, Diversity and Women”s Programs in Engineering  

Barbara A. Ruel

School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences



Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Curriculum Initiatives  

C.L. Odell

Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Research Initiatives  

Wayne D. Gray

Lally School of Management and Technology


Iftekhar Hasan (Acting)

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs  

Jeffrey Durgee

Director, Undergraduate Programs  

Frank X. Wright

Director, MBA/M.S. Programs  

Andrew Corbett

Directors, Ph.D. Program  

Iftekhar Hasan and Bill Francis

School of Science


David Spooner (Acting)

Associate Dean of Science for Graduate Education and Research  

William L. Siegmann

Assistant Dean of Information Technology and Web Science  

James A. Hendler

Rensselaer at Hartford

Vice President and Dean  

John A. Minasian

Assistant Dean for Academic Programs  

Houman Younessi

Director of Marketing and Business Development  

Elliot Field

Communications Manager  

Thomas J. Bittel

Director, The Cole Library  

Mary S. Dixey

Director, Operations and Facilities  

Paul J. Murphy

Director, Technical and Information Services  

Brian J. Clement

Operations Manager  

Lorraine Kammerer

Director, Enrollment Management and Marketing  

Kristin E. Galligan

Manager, Student Services  

Natalie A. Sutera


Doris M. Matsikas


Vice President for Administration  

Claude D. Rounds

Assistant Vice President for Administration  

Paul W. Martin

Assistant Vice President for Capital Projects   Oleh Turczak

Auxiliary, Parking, and Transportation Services


Alexandre da Silva

Manager, Operations/Houston Field House  

Norris Pearson

Operations Supervisor, Parking and Transportation  

Jason M. Jones

Campus Planning and Facilities Design


J. Bruce Kunkel

Manager, Engineering  

Steven Angle

Manager, Design and Construction  

Edward M. Staats

Emergency Management

Director   Stephen Abrams

Environmental and Site Services


Jerry Faiola

Manager, Environmental Services  

Brian Kiel

Manager, Site Services  

John Holstein

Physical Plant


David Ira (Acting)

Facilities Engineer (BioTech/CII)  

Swaran Rataul

Facilities Engineer (EMPAC)  

John Gall

Senior Project Coordinator  

Richard Hornberger

Project Coordinator  

Duane DeWeerdt

Manager, Customer Service Center  

Paul Galbraith

Procurement and Administrative Services

Director, Procurement Services  


Associate Director, Material Management  


Manager, Purchasing Systems   Craig McIntosh
Manager, Administrative Services  

Cathleen A. DiDio

Senior Business Manager  

Steven Schwan

Manager, Stockroom  

Donald Ammerman

Public Safety


Roger Johnson

Associate Director  

Ruth Vibert

Rensselaer Dining Services (Sodexo)

Resident District Manager  

Timothy Macturk

Operations Director  

Paul Keck

Dining Director, Rensselaer Union  

Robert McIntosh

Resident Dining Director  

Patty Stargensky

Marketing Director  

David Gaul

Catering Manager  

Jeff Kurto

Division of the Chief Information Officer (DotCIO)

Vice President for Information Services and Technology and Chief Information Officer  

John E. Kolb

Assistant Vice President for Information Services  

Jeffrey G. Miner

Director, Academic & Research Computing  

Mark Miller (Acting)

Director, Communications and Middleware Technologies  

Gary Schwartz

Director, Information Technologies and Infrastructure  

Graham Doig

Director, Integrated Administrative Computing Services  

Mary Alice O’Brien (Acting)

Director, Rensselaer Libraries  

Robert Mayo

Director, Multimedia Services  

James Evans

Director, Academic & Research Computing  

Jacqueline A. Stampalia

Chief Network Architect, Strategic Information Policy and Planning  

John S. Fisher

Senior Business Manager  

Sandra R. Redemann Butcher


Vice President for Enrollment/Dean, Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions  

Paul Marthers

Director, Operations  

Sharon M. Beaudoin

Director, Graduate Admissions  

George B. Robbins

Director, Undergraduate Admissions  

Karen S. Long

Associate Director, Enrollment Outreach  

Raymond Lutzky

Director, Financial Aid  

Lynnette Koch (Acting)


Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer  

Virginia C. Gregg

Controller’s Office

Assistant Vice President and Controller  


Director, Accounting & Financial Systems  

Tracie McGill

Director, Disbursement Operations and Payroll  

Pamela A. Rochminski


Jacquelyn Ellsworth

Director, Research Administration and Finance  

Frank J. DiSanto

Assistant Treasurer for Investments
  David J. Gaume

Financial Planning and Budget

Director, Budget  

Eileen McLoughlin

Associate Budget Director  

Helen Grzymala


Assistant Treasurer  

Susan L. Proskine

Institute Advancement

Vice President for Institute Advancement  

Brenda Wilson-Hale

Associate Vice President, Development  


Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations   Jeffrey Schanz 
Assistant Vice President, Advancement Strategy, Services, and Infrastructure   (vacant)

Advancement Strategy Services and Infrastructure

Director, Prospect Research, Management & Analytics  


Manager, Advancement Systems  

Marie K. Carroll

Manager, Donor Relations and Communications  

Kristi Jongeling

Development and Alumni Relations

Director, Advancement Events   (vacant)
Director, Annual Giving   Dawn Stever
Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations   (vacant)
Director, Development   Gary Porto
Director, Gift Planning   Art Tracy
Director, International Advancement   (vacant)
Director, Principal Gifts   (vacant)
Director, Regional Development   Ian Farrell


Vice President for Research  

Francine Berman

Associate Vice President for Research   Wolf von Malltzahn

Strategic Communications and External Relations

Vice President  

William Walker

Associate Vice President, External Relations and Administration  

Allison Newman

Director, Community Relations  

Erin Crotty

Director, Federal Relations  

Deborah Altenburg

Director, Creative Services  

Diane Piester

Director, News & Editorial Services  

Mark Marchand

Director, University Events  


Managing Editor, Rensselaer Magazine  

Tracey Leibach

Manager, Web Communications  

Steven Morris

Student Life

Vice President for Student Life  


Executive Assistant  

Barbara L. Dean

Business Manager  

Gina Ricci


Director of Athletics  

Jim Knowlton

Associate Director, Business and Finance, SWA  

Karen Hansen

Associate Director, Communication and Compliance                                Kevin Beattie
Director of Women’s Programs  

Karen Hansen

Director of Intramurals  

Karl Steffen

Assistant Director  

Mike Griffin

Assistant Director  

Joe King

Center for Career and Professional Development

Acting Director, Center for Career and Professional Development  

Colleen O’Byrne

Senior Associate Director and Director, Cooperative Education  

Diana Leis Delker

Associate Director  

Colleen O’Byrne

Assistant Director  

Dawn Weaver

Dean of Students

Dean of Students  

Mark Smith

Associate Dean, Senior Judicial Administrator, Judicial Affairs  


Associate Dean and Director, Office of Minority Student Affairs  


Assistant Dean, International Services for Students & Scholars  

Jane Havis

Assistant Director/Operations Manager  


Assistant Dean, Disability Service for Students  


Assistant Dean of Students/Assistant Director, HEOP and Academic Services  


Assistant Dean of Students/Director, Pipeline Initiatives and Partnership  

Cynthia Smith

Counselor, OMSA  


Student Experience Office

Assistant Vice President, Student Experience  

Lisa Trahan

Acting Dean, First-Year Experience  

Janelle Fayette

Class Dean, Student Experience   Amy Pettengill
Assistant Dean, First-Year Experience   Rebecca Feig
Assistant Dean, First-Year Experience  

Robin S. Foster

Assistant Dean, Student Experience  

Jonathan M. Masullo ‘03

Student Health Center


Leslie Lawrence, M.D.

Associate Director  

Kevin Readdean

Director, Counseling Services  

Benjamin Marte, M.D.

Health Educator  

Tara Schuster

Religious Affairs

Coordinator, Religious Affairs and Resident
Catholic Chaplain

Rev. Edward S. Kacerguis

Resident Catholic Chaplain  

Marie Venaglia

Associate Protestant Chaplain  

Beth Illingworth, Troy Area United Ministries

Hillel Adviser  

Deborah Gordon

Imam of the Troy Mosque  

Djafer Sebkhaoui

Director of C+CC   Jill Wishon

Rensselaer Union


Mike McDermott (Acting)

Director, Mueller Center, Programs, and Club Sports  

Steve Allard

Assistant Coordinator, Fitness Center, Programs, and Intramurals  

Joseph Campo

Assistant Coordinator  

Lauren Chemotti

Assistant Coordinator, Strength and Weight Training  

John Hudak

Mueller Center Program Coordinator  

John Nehrich

Director, Student Activities  

Cameron Reid McLean

Assistant Director, Student Activities  

Erika Rau Lawson

Assistant Director, Student Activities  

Melissa Termine-Goetz

Director, Business Operations and Bookstore  

Michael McDermott

Assistant Director, Business Operations and Bookstore  

Traci Griffin

Business Administrator  

Martha McElligott

Facilities Coordinator-Reservations  

Jean Purtell

Director, Young Actors Guild at Rensselaer  

Mary D’Amico

Archer Center for Student Leadership


Linda Teitelman McCloskey

Administrative Specialist  

Jerin Turner

Associate Director  

Christine Allard

Associate Director/Lecturer  

Catherine Persoon

Associate Director/Lecturer  

Tracy Schierenbeck

Associate Director/Lecturer  

Graham Knowles

Associate Director/Lecturer  

Annie Virkus

Associate Director/Lecturer  

James Reed

Residence Life


Todd H. Schil

Associate Dean  

Amanda Bingel

Associate Dean of Greek Commons   Matthew Hunt
Assistant Dean  

Shannon Hitchcock

Assistant Dean  

Christina Lowery

Assistant Dean  

Mary Gleason

Assistant Dean   Randi Mogul
Assistant Director   Beth Pasinella

Office of the Registrar

Registrar and Director  

Sharon L. Kunkel

Senior Associate Registrar  

Maria Zanotta

Associate Registrar  

Peggy Conroy-Martin

Assistant Registrar  

Kim Herkert

Assistant Registrar  

Michael Conroy

Customer Service Manager  

Mike Bayer

Customer Support Analyst  

Suzanne Dunn

Board of Trustees


Arthur J. Gajarsa ‘62 B.S., M.A., J.D., Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals the Federal Circuit, Chair
Ronald J. Zlatoper, USN (Ret.) ‘63 B.S., M.S., D.Eng. (Hon.), The Estate of James Campbell, Vice Chair
Paula L. Simon ‘68 B.S., M.S., MBA, Chief Technology Officer, Wildlife Conservation Society, Secretary
Shirley Ann Jackson S.B., Ph.D., D.L. (Hon.), D.Sc. (Hon.), President of the Institute


Cornelius J. Barton ‘58 B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Dorr-Oliver Inc.
Thomas R. Baruch ‘60 B.M.T., J.D., Founder and Managing Director, Baruch Future Ventures, LLC
John H. Broadbent Jr. ‘59 B.S., MBA, Founder, Director, and Former Chief Financial Officer, VP-Finance & Treasurer, Arrow International Inc.
George Campbell Jr. B.S., Ph.D., D.Sc. (Hon.), D.H.L. (Hon.), President, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
John W. Carr ‘77 B.S., M.S., J.D./MBA, Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Wanda Denson-Low ’78 B.S., J.D., Senior Vice President, Office of Internal Governance, The Boeing Company
Gary T. DiCamillo ‘73 B.S., MBA, Partner, Eaglepoint Advisors
Nicholas M. Donofrio ‘67 B.E.E., M.Eng., Ph.D. (Hon.), NAE, Executive Vice President, IBM Fellow, Retired IBM
Arthur F. Golden ‘66 B.S., J.D. Partner, Davis Polk and Wardell Law Firm
Michael E. Herman ‘62 B.M.T., MBA, Ph.D. (Hon.) Herman Family Trading Company
David M. Hirsch ‘65 B.E.E., MBA, Managing Director, Mustang Partners, LLC
Thomas N. Iovino ‘73 B.S., M.S., President and Founder, Judlau Contracting, Inc.
John E. Kelly, III ’78 B.S., M.S., Ph.D., D.H.L. (Hon.), Senior Vice President and Director of Research, IBM Corporation
Jeffrey L. Kodosky ‘70 B.S., Business and Technology Fellow, National Instruments
Mark M. Little ‘82 Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Director, GE Global Research
Francis L. McKone ‘63 B.S., M.S., Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Albany International Corp.
William L. Meaney ’82, B.S., Chief Executive Officer, The Zuellig Group
Nancy S. Mueller B.S., Founder, Nancy’s Specialty Foods
Curtis Priem ‘82 B.S.E.E., Founder and former Chief Technical Officer, NVIDIA, Corp.
Janet C. Rutledge ‘83 B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Linda S. Sanford ‘75 B.S., M.S., NAE, Senior Vice President, Enterprise on Demand Transformation and Information Technology, IBM Corporation
Paul J. Severino ‘69 B.S., Founder and Former Chairman, Bay Networks
Jackson P. Tai ‘72 B.S., MBA, Former Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DBS Group Holding Ltd / DBS Bank Ltd.
G. Robert Tod ‘61 B.M.E., MBA, Former President and Chief Operating Officer, CML Group Inc.
Harry J. Tutunjian A.S., Mayor of Troy, Ex Officio
Edward J. Zander ‘68 B.S., MBA, Former Chairman, Motorola, Inc.

Honorary Trustees

Harlan E. Anderson B.S., M.S., General Partner, Anderson Investment Co.
Mary L. Good B.S., M.S., Ph.D., NAE, Dean, Donaghey College of Information Science and Systems Engineering, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Samuel F. Heffner Jr. ‘56 B.Arch., President, Dickinson-Heffner Inc., Honorary Chairman
Edward E. Hood Jr. B.S., M.S., NAE, Vice Chairman and Executive Officer, Retired, General Electric Co., Chair Emeritus
Howard P. Isermann ‘42 B.S., Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, NOVAROME Inc.
Jack S. Parker B.S., D.B.Ad., LL.D. (Hon.), NAE, Director Emeritus, Former Chairman and Executive Officer, General Electric Co.
C. Sheldon Roberts ‘48 B.S., S.M., Sc.D., D.Eng. (Hon.), Former Consultant, Materials and Processes

Adjunct Trustees

Howard Blitman ‘50 B.S., M.S., Owner and President, Blitman Building Corporation
Robert P. Bozzone ‘55 B.S., M.S., Chairman of the Board, Allegheny Teledyne Inc.
Raymond A. Lancaster B.B.A., Managing Director, South Franklin Street Partners
John Nigro Owner, Nigro Companies
Richard A. Spillane, Jr. ‘72 B.S., MBA, Executive Vice President, Head of Global Investments, Fidelity Investments
Richard H. Stowe ‘65 B.S., MBA, General Partner, Health Enterprise Partners, LLC
Robert O. Swanson ‘58 B.S., Former Director and Executive Vice President, Mobil Corporation
Harvey L. Zeve ‘52 B.Mgt.E., Chairman, H. L. Zeve Associates, Inc.

Administrative Officers*

Shirley Ann Jackson S.B., Ph.D., D.L. (Hon.), D.Sc. (Hon.), NAE, President
Charles F. Carletta B.A., J.D., Secretary of the Institute and General Counsel
Virginia C. Gregg B.A., M.S., Vice President for Finance
John E. Kolb B.S., M.S., Vice President for Information Services and Technology and Chief Information Officer
Paul Marthers B.A., M.A., Ed.D.
Robert E. Palazzo B.S., Ph.D., Provost
Curtis N. Powell
SPHR B.S., M.S., Vice President for Human Resources
Claude D. Rounds
B.A., Vice President for Administration
Brenda Wilson-Hale B.A., J.D., Vice President for Institute Advancement
Francine A. Berman, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Vice President for Research
William N. Walker B.S., Vice President for Strategic Communications and External Relations

*As of April 2011