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About Rensselaer’s Faculty

Rensselaer’s more than 450 faculty members are a collaborative community working in an atmosphere of increasing interdisciplinarity. We welcome that and are committed to going even further — from “low walls” between disciplines to “no walls” — believing that those intersections foster some of the most vital research today.

Our faculty includes National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award winners, members of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, and other eminent professionals.

Rensselaer faculty take pride in their dedication to teaching — demonstrating a commitment to excellence in teaching that always has been a hallmark of Rensselaer’s teacher-scholars.

They have been innovators, from the first senior professor, Amos Eaton, whose revolutionary approach in the 1820s had students conduct the experiments and do the lecturing — truly learning by doing — and his successor Benjamin Franklin Greene, class of 1848, who transformed Rensselaer into a diversified institution of higher learning, a true polytechnic.

That Rensselaer graduates have consistently been in demand for more than 175 years is a testament to the talent and dedication of our faculty. True to Stephen Van Rensselaer’s founding principle, they have prepared our students for the application of science to the common purposes of life.

History shows, of course, that those purposes have often ranged to the truly uncommon, in achievements from the Brooklyn Bridge to the moon landing to the invention of the microprocessor.

In coordination with the Anderson Center for Innovation in Undergraduate Education, Rensselaer’s faculty devote much thought and time to designing more dynamic teaching methods, redesigning curricula, and transforming classrooms into interactive learning environments where students learn by doing.

Rensselaer’s faculty members work directly with students — doing research, solving problems, teaching, and interacting.

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