Roland Schmitt

Roland W. Schmitt

  • Born in 1923 in Seguin, Texas
  • Received bachelors and masters degrees in physics and mathematics from the University of Texas
  • Earned a doctorate in physics from Rice University
  • Employed by General Electric from 1951-1986
  • Named Director of Research and Development Center at GE in 1978 then Senior Vice President for Science and Technology and member of GE's Corporate Executive Council in 1986.
  • Member of the National Science Board, 1982-1994; Chair, 1984-1988.
  • President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1988-1993; currently President Emeritus
  • Completed Rensselaer's New Century Campaign to raise $200 million a year ahead of schedule.
  • Introduced several new degrees including a Master's of Fine Arts and an MBA that emphasizes management and technology.
  • Chairman of the American Institute of Physics Board of Governors.
  • Member and President of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents Executive Council.

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