Wednesday, September 19, 2012

2012 Leadership Speaker Series Conference: Leading Global Strategies to Deepen and Expand Markets

Thursday, October 18, 4-9 p.m., Seminar Hall, Rensselaer Hartford Campus
Hosted by the Hartford Chapter of the Rensselaer Alumni Association

This seminar will feature keynote speaker Joseph McIsaac III, MD, MS, Vice President, Hartford Anesthesiology Associates, Inc., and Chief of Trauma Anesthesia, Hartford Hospital. The Executive Panel will include experts from insurance, financial services, healthcare, life science, venture capital, technology, defense, and government.
A networking reception with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will follow.

The Speaker Series focuses on all areas of growth at the leadership level. Specifically, the Conference will examine: How are global pressures creating opportunities for innovation to improve outcomes? How do we continue to innovate under new regulations? How do we standardize processes globally?

This event is open to everyone and all are welcome to attend. For more information and to register for the Conference, please visit:

Monday, September 17, 2012

Happy Constitution Day!

September 17 is Constitution Day, commemorating the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. You can read the Constitution online at: You can also learn more about Constitution Day by visiting:

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Annual U.S. News & World Report Ranking Places Rensselaer Among the Best National Research Universities in the U.S.

The annual ranking of Rensselaer by U.S. News & World Report — 41st in the nation among national research universities — is one of a number of recent external surveys that recognize the high quality of a Rensselaer education. The new rankings and other recent surveys confirm that the Institute remains among the top national research universities in the world, and that the Rensselaer School of Engineering and the Lally School of Management and Technology remain among the leading schools in their categories.

The Rensselaer Plan has allowed Rensselaer to transform the institution into a leading technological university. That plan is currently being refreshed to address the new realities and challenges of the 21st century. The Rensselaer priorities remain the same: development of the best educational and research programs and facilities for students, faculty, and researchers.

In addition to the new U.S. News ranking, several other organizations — based on a research among students, employers, other universities and other external audiences — recently placed Rensselaer high in their rankings. Here are some recent examples:
  • Princeton Review – Based on interviews with students, this education services company highlighted the quality of the Rensselaer academic programs, student life, and facilities.
  • Business Insider – This business website known for its ongoing research on financial, media, technology and other industries, ranked Rensselaer fourth on its list of the world’s best 50 engineering schools – based on surveys of engineers, professionals, and entrepreneurs at technology companies.
  • Wall Street and Technology – In their first national study of the top technology schools from which Wall Street firms hire the best IT specialists, Rensselaer was ranked in the top five, along with Carnegie Mellon, MIT, Stanford, and Georgia Tech.
  • Forbes – This international business magazine ranked Rensselaer as one of the “Ten Colleges That Are Great Brands,” citing the successful rebranding that began in Year 2000 under The Rensselaer Plan.
  • Business Week – this international business magazine (and Bloomberg wire service) ranked Rensselaer — and the Lally School of Management and Technology —  second on its list of the top 10 business schools with the best financial aid.

Contact: Mark Marchand
Phone: (518) 276-6098

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

International Scholars Program (ISP) Participant Awarded "Best-of-the-Best" Prize!

Anthony DeMaio, a member of the ISP class 2011, is pursuing a Rensselaer MBA with a concentration in global enterprise management. He is well on his way to "Changing the World!" Read about his success in The Change the World Challenge.

Professor Mesiya, Communications Expert, Authors Book on "Contemporary Communication Systems"

Mohammed Farooque Mesiya, Ph.D., Professor of Practice, Department of Engineering and Science, Rensselaer at Hartford, has authored the book, Contemporary Communication Systems, recently published by McGraw-Hill. The book provides a comprehensive introduction to modern analog and digital communication systems. Semiconductor revolution (Moore’s law) and advances in software technologies continue to drive the rapid development of digital communication systems. In this context, the book includes a detailed coverage of the relevant topics in digital compression, multiplexing, and synchronization techniques.

According to Dr. Mesiya, “Communication systems form the infrastructure of today’s optical fiber, cellular, and satellite communication networks. Contemporary Communication Systems uses Simulink as a key pedagogical tool to develop appreciation of the fundamental concepts in the design and analysis of communication systems. The book engages students in the issues relevant to system and product design by integrating a discussion of the theoretical concepts with the extensive hands-on use of visual and simulation resources to reinforce learning.” For more information about the book, please visit:

Dr. Mesiya’s areas of expertise include wireless communications and networks, optical fiber communication and networks, digital communications and signal processing, and broadband networks and architectures. He has published several books and numerous articles in refereed journals and conference papers. To learn more about Professor Mesiya, please visit:

Tuesday, September 4, 2012