A changing climate. An aging population. A culture and an economy made more powerful yet more vulnerable by the digital revolution. These are among the many challenges of the 21st century. The solutions to these challenges can be found at the intersections between engineering and medicine, between data and communication, between human and machine—the intersections that Rensselaer students, faculty, and alumni and alumnae are uniquely poised to explore.
This is the mission behind Transformative: Campaign for Global Change.
We already have transformed ourselves as an institution. Together, we have dramatically improved the diversity and academic profile of our student body. Together, we have dramatically enhanced the size and research productivity of our faculty. Together, we have dramatically improved the quality of our campus as a place to live, learn, build community, and generate the ideas and talent for which we have become known. Now it is time to direct our transformational energy outward. We have been transformed. Now we must be transformative. The campaign is our response to this new mission.
By investing in scholarships, we will ensure that the Rensselaer educational experience is accessible to even more of the students who will use their talent and ambition to change the world. By investing in academic innovation, we will ensure our curriculum prepares our students for futures that we can only just begin to see. By investing in endowed faculty and their cross-disciplinary research support, we will ensure our leadership in the discovery and application of the latest ideas in science and technology. By investing in campus resources, we will continue to eliminate barriers between people and disciplines, deepen our collaborative culture, and make Rensselaer the model for how intellectual inquiry, civic engagement, and creative talent can be supported.
Ensuring Rensselaer’s place as the transformative institution a changing and complex world needs—that is our challenge to ourselves, it is our challenge to our current students, faculty, and staff, and it is our challenge to you. Let us change the world, together.
Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy
Professor of Engineering Sciences
campaign Leadership Committee
"As we launch Transformative: Campaign for Global Change, we’d like to share our gratitude for Kathleen and Paul Severino ’69 and the members of the Campaign Leadership Committee, whose longstanding service and engagement with Rensselaer, combined with their generous philanthropic spirit, will be integral to our success."