Monday, March 17, 2014

Rensselaer’s Energy, Environment, and Economics Discussion Series: “Sustainable Roman Architecture -- the First 2500 Years”

Rensselaer’s Hartford Campus continues its Energy, Environment, and Economics Discussion Series on April 3, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Special guest, Francesco Bedeschi, will give a presentation entitled, “Sustainable Roman Architecture -- the First 2500 Years.” Bedeschi is a faculty member at the University of Arkansas Rome Center, Rome, Italy, where he has been teaching Architectural Design and Historic Preservation over the past ten years. He has a thorough knowledge in the field of green design and is a member of the executive board of the Green Building Council Italia. He is currently working at Rensselaer’s Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) located in New York City.

Rensselaer at Hartford hosts this series in order to provide a forum for experts, corporate leaders, community participants, faculty, and students to engage in intellectual dialogues pertaining to today’s global energy and environmental challenges. This event will be the fifth session of the Discussion Series and the second session of the Spring 2014 term.


The Discussion Series is free and open to all. Bring a colleague and friend! Food and beverages are provided at each session, starting with a reception at 5 p.m. and a light meal at 6:30 p.m. Sudhangshu Bose, Ph.D., Professor of Practice, Department of Engineering and Science, Rensselaer at Hartford, will give insights and perspectives during the introduction at the event. Summaries of previous sessions of the Discussion Series and related materials are available on the web at: http://www.ewp.rpi.edu/news_and_events/events/eeed_series/index.html.


Register for this interactive forum on energy solutions at: http://apply.ewp.rpi.edu/register/?id=5dfba4eb-9464-47d4-bf33-06dfc84cc3d9. For more information, please contact Clarence Byers, Senior Program Manager, at 860-548-2479; 800-306-7778, ext. 2479; or byersc@rpi.edu.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Book Drive at Rensselaer's Robert L. and Sara Marcy Cole Library

The Cole Library at Rensselaer's Hartford Campus is conducting a book drive. A book collection bin is located in the foyer on Level 2. The library will accept any book. Keepers will be processed for the library collection, others will be sent to our partner, Better World Books, for re-purposing or recycling. Thank you.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Podcast of Professor Stodder on "The Colin McEnroe Show" on WNPR

James P. Stodder, Ph.D., Professor of Practice, Lally School of Management, was a guest on “The Colin McEnroe Show” on WNPR (90.5 FM) on March 5. Dr. Stodder served as the economics expert for a discussion regarding the minimum wage. Professor Stodder was in the studio for a live broadcast at the same time as President Barack Obama was visiting Connecticut to give a speech about raising the minimum wage. Listen to the podcast HERE.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Rensselaer at Hartford’s Acting Dean and Leadership Expert Authors Book on Visionary Strategic Leadership



David L. Rainey, Ph.D., Acting Dean, Rensselaer at Hartford, and Professor of Practice in the Lally School of Management, has authored the book, Visionary Strategic Leadership: Sustaining Success through Strategic Direction, Corporate Management, and High-Level Programs, recently published by Information Age Publishing.

The book covers the principles, processes, and practices of visionary strategic leadership (VSL). It focuses on a holistic view of the corporation and all of the supporting entities and customers and stakeholders. Dr. Rainey addresses new theories, methods and practices that are in line with 21st century dynamics.


The framework of the book flows from defining and articulating the concepts of VSL; corporate strategic management (CSM); corporate vision; fundamental values; and discussing high-level (grand) strategies, objectives, and actions; to developing and managing high-level strategic programs and mitigating risks. According to Dr. Rainey, “VSL involves using imagination to address what ought to be done instead of what is being done, obtaining insights from the market spaces and the business environment, being innovative in developing new solutions, and integrating the whole business enterprise.”


The purpose of the book is to provide insights and suggestions for corporate leaders of today and to offer guidance and direction for the young strategic leaders of tomorrow. “VSL involves having a high-level position, being responsible for the strategic leadership and management of a company or a strategic business unit (SBU), inspiring and leading the organization, and sustaining success,” said
Professor Rainey. To learn more about the book, please visit: http://www.infoagepub.com/products/Visionary-Strategic-Leadership.

Dr. Rainey is an internationally-known author, educator, academic administrator, and consultant. He is a leading authority on technological innovation, product development, sustainable development, strategic leadership, strategic management, and energy management. Professor Rainey is available for interviews regarding his book and related topics. Read more about him at: http://www.ewp.rpi.edu/faculty/bio/rainey_d.html.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Rensselaer’s Energy, Environment, and Economics Discussion Series -- “Cheaper, Cleaner, More Reliable: The Connecticut Energy Model”

Rensselaer’s Hartford Campus continues its Energy, Environment, and Economics Discussion Series on March 3, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Special guest, Alex Kragie, Deputy Chief of Staff, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), will give a presentation entitled, “Cheaper, Cleaner, More Reliable: The Connecticut Energy Model.” He will discuss Connecticut’s support of fuel cell technology and “micro-grids” – electricity infrastructure with generation and/or storage capacity independent of regional grids, to ensure continuing operation through brownouts or disasters like Superstorm Sandy. 

Rensselaer at Hartford participated in the 22nd World Energy Congress in Korea. Related to this event, Rensselaer’s Hartford Campus has hosted a continuing discussion series exploring pertinent topics. The purpose of this series is to provide a forum for experts, corporate leaders, community participants, faculty, and students to engage in intellectual dialogues pertaining to today’s global energy and environmental challenges. This event will be the fourth session of the Discussion Series and the first session of the Spring 2014 term.

The Discussion Series is free and open to all. Food and beverages are provided at each session, starting with a reception at 5 p.m. and a light meal at 6:30 p.m. James Stodder, Ph.D., Professor of Practice, Rensselaer at Hartford, will give insights and perspectives during the introduction at the event. Summaries of previous sessions of the Discussion Series and related materials are available on the web at: http://www.ewp.rpi.edu/news_and_events/events/eeed_series/index.html.


Register for this interactive forum on energy solutions at: http://apply.ewp.rpi.edu/register/?id=6df4180b-995a-4260-9b1f-fceaf91a4df2. For more information, please contact Clarence Byers, Senior Program Manager, at 860-548-2479; 800-306-7778, ext. 2479; or byersc@rpi.edu.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Rensselaer at Hartford Professor Norberto Lemcoff to Deliver Seminar at NYSSPE Meeting


Norberto Lemcoff, Ph.D., Professor of Practice, Department of Engineering and Science, Rensselaer at Hartford, has been invited to present a seminar on “Energy, Energy Efficiency and the Built Environment,” on February 17, at the Hilton Midtown in NYC. The New York State Society of Professional Engineers, Inc. (NYSSPE), will be offering continuing education seminars at the Association of Towns 2014 Training School and Annual Meeting, February 17 and 18.

Dr. Lemcoff will present his seminar at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 17. The abstract for his seminar follows: Buildings in the U.S. today consume about 75 percent of the electricity produced, and 55 percent of the natural gas use. The presentation will analyze the current situation, and discuss the existing opportunities and the new technologies that can be implemented to reduce both the consumption of non-renewable resources and the effect on the environment.


This will be the 81st annual meeting of the Association of Towns (AOT). The event attracts more than 1,700 elected and appointed officials from more than three-quarters of the state’s 932 towns. The seminars will be focused on infrastructure improvements and green/energy efficient measures. Up to 10 professional development hours (PDHs) will be available. The seminars are approved by NYSSPE, sponsor organization and founders of The Practicing Institute of Engineering, Inc. (PIE). PIE is a NYS provider in the regulations. For more information and to register for the seminars, please visit: http://bit.ly/NYSSPE-AOT-Event. 


Professor Lemcoff has taught a variety of courses in the areas of Mechanical Engineering and is a faculty member of Rensselaer’s International Scholars Program, teaching energy engineering in Rome and Shanghai. His areas of expertise are energy systems engineering, heat and mass transfer, separations, air purification, energy recovery, and reaction engineering. Dr. Lemcoff has over 20 years of industrial experience at The BOC Group Technical Center and at United Technologies Research Center. Bio information for Professor Lemcoff is available at: http://www.ewp.rpi.edu/faculty/bio/lemcoff_n.html.