Jul 18, 2024  
Rensselaer Catalog 2024-2025 
Rensselaer Catalog 2024-2025

Engineering at Rensselaer at Work

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Since 1955, Rensselaer has served employers and professionals achieve career goals with graduate degrees, certificates, courses, and learning modules. Programs are fully digitally delivered and can be taken anytime, anywhere, so that employees can achieve their education while still meeting personal and professional commitments. Programs use a project-based delivery methodology so that students simultaneously deepen knowledge as well as experience in pragmatic and practical ways. Professionals seeking to build business, engineering, and analytical abilities can find Rensselaer at Work programs convenient without disrupting personal and professional commitments. Rensselaer at Work plays an important role in delivering the excellence of the Institute to working professionals anytime, anywhere, as outlined in The Rensselaer Plan 2024.

Rensselaer at Work’s mission is to educate business and technical leaders with the knowledge, analytical skills, creativity, and inspiration to think strategically, lead change, and create breakthrough solutions that meet the environmental, technical, and business challenges of the global environment now and in the future. With dramatic increases in the rate of change, working professionals expect and demand an academic environment that fits the evolving needs of their fast-paced world, and Rensselaer responds to this need in its Rensselaer at Work programs.

Additional courses, programs, and offerings are available throughout the year, including specialized programs offered specifically to employers. Courses are built and delivered by faculty with significant industry experience and solid academic credentials. Rensselaer graduates are entrepreneurial and personify the Institute’s slogan, “Why not change the world?”


Professors of Practice


Abbott, Thomas – Ph.D. (Creighton University); executive leadership, financial controls, change management, MBA program coordinator.


Bompiedi, Rebecca – MS; (Cleveland State University) industrial engineering, executive management of technology, master black belt, lean leadership.


Chapman, Richard – Ph.D. (University of Utah); market strategy, master mentorship and coaching, negotiation and conflict management, organizational change and development.

Cunha, Frank J.—Ph.D., P.E. (NYU); design and development of aircraft engines, turbines, combustors, and afterburners for commercial and military engines. Land-based heavy duty gas turbines and power generation design and development.


Sheffield, Ron – EdD (George Washington University); organizational effectiveness & diagnosis, project management, six sigma black belt, scrum master, change management.


Gutierrez-Miravete, E.—Ph.D. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); modeling and simulation metal processing.

Tong, Christopher – Ph.D. (University of Utah); data analytics, production analytics, market analysis, market strategy, international economies.

Zompa, A.—M.S. (Boston University), B.E. (Concordia University, Montreal); quality, leadership, and project management, LEAN expert trainer, Six Sigma Black Belt PMP certified.


Senior Lecturers and Lecturers

Hughes, Michael D.—Ph.D. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute); mechanical engineering, Monte Carlo simulations, discrete event simulations, radiative heat transfer, solar energy, Director of Faculty Development.

Padalia, Rushabh – M.S. (Northwestern University); data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, data governance, data architecture, certified Scrum Master, Certified Software Quality Analyst, Infosys certified Project Management Professional, American Health Insurance Plans Certified Professional.

Renz, Elaine – X.M.A (Columbia University), M.P.M (DeVry University); management, change management, project management, program management, business development, leadership.

Stec, David – M.B.A (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), M.S. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), M.S. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute); operations, supply chain, project management, aerospace, healthcare.

Stoccatore, Himali – M.B.A (Carnegie Mellon University), M.Eng. (SUNY Binghamton); operations, planning and forecasting, project management, change management, leadership, certified PMP, certified in production and inventory management (CPIM). 

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