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The New Polytechnic: Collaboration and Leadership Across Disciplines and Sectors
to Address Urgent Global Challenges
By Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.
Although the New Polytechnic is “new,” it has ancient roots.
“I define the New Polytechnic as an entirely fresh collaborative endeavor merging across a multiplicity of disciplines, sectors, and global regions.”
Also read the U.S News & World Report Op-ed

Speeches by Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005

2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998

For additional information or transcripts, please contact Allison Newman.



Success, Generosity, Service
Patroon Recognition Brunch

An Illustrious Community
Rensselaer Society of Engineers 150th Anniversary Celebration

Service, Self-Sacrifice, and Excellence
Naval ROTC 75th Anniversary Celebration

Making Diversity a Priority
Black Student Alliance 50th Anniversary Kick-Off

Inspiring the Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow
Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Fundraisers, Cheerleaders, and Ambassadors
Volunteer Leadership and Philanthropy Summit

Leading Every Industrial Revolution
All-Alumni Dinner

Creative Connections, Transformative Innovations
State of the Institute

Remarks at National Museum of African American History

The Unique Personality of Rensselaer
Faculty Welcome Back Reception

Essential Connections
First Year Convocation

Callings and Missions
44th Annual Employee Service Recognition and Retirement Dinner

An Intricate Ballet
Remarks at City of Troy WelcomeFest

Embarked Upon A Great Experience
First Year Family Reception

A Polyphonic Education
Opening Night with the Philadelphia Orchestra
Saratoga Spa State Park


A Transformative Time
Rensselaer Banquet
Beijing, China


Welcome to the Board: A Director’s Perspective
Senior Multicultural Leaders Conference

Balancing a Sense of Urgency, with a Sense of the Important
Greetings and Charge to the Graduates, 210th Commencement
East Campus Athletic Village


Rings that Reflect Milestones
Class of 2017 Junior Class Ring Ceremony
Great Room, Heffner Alumni House


Your Turn to Make Your Mark
Zero Year Reunion Remarks

A Class that Has Grown in Wisdom and Compassion
2016 Senior Banquet

Faith in You, Faith in the Future
ROTC Presidential Joint Service Awards Ceremony

An Unshakeable Belief in the Potential of Rensselaer Students
Dedication of The Burt Swersey Inventor’s Studio

An Expression of Appreciation
Howard P. Isermann Auditorium Dedication

A Man of Righteousness and Integrity
Rensselaer Chapel and Cultural Center

Sharpening Our Vision
Accepted Student Reception, California

A Readiness to Change the World
Garnet D. Baltimore Reception and Dinner

High Standards, Great Expectations
Accepted Student Celebration

A Rich Tapestry
Annual Faculty and Staff Memorial Service

Spring Town Meeting

The New Polytechnic ... To Change the World
ExxonMobil Alumni/ae Reception

This Is Rensselaer
Smithsonian Alumni Reception

Broadening and Deepening a Rensselaer Education
South Florida Alumni/ae Luncheon


Serious Fun
Rensselaer Club Reception

The Joy in Connecting
Annual Campus Seasonal Celebration

Old Worlds and New
President’s Annual Holiday Concert

Bringing Honor to Rensselaer
Trustees’ Celebration of Faculty Achievement

Connecting Cognitive and Immersive Systems—To Change the World
Rensselaer-IBM Cognitive Colloquium Keynote

Adding Meaning to Our Lives By Helping Others
United Way Kick-Off Breakfast

New Vantage Points
Fall Town Meeting

Accomplishing Transformative Things, Together
Faculty Senate General Meeting

Aiming for the Stars
New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Innovation Gala

Athletics, Amusements, Etc.
President of the Union/Grand Marshal Breakfast

Supporting the Student Experience
Society of Families Reception

Developing Our Students’ Existing Strengths; Helping Them to Discover New Ones
Family Weekend Presidential Welcome

A Culture of Excellence
2015 Honors Convocation

Transformative Efforts, Sage Advice
2015 Annual Retiree Day Luncheon

Contributing Your Perspective, Experience,and Expertise to Grand Goals
Science, Technology, Arts at Rensselaer (STAR Program)

Celebrating Physical, Intellectual, and Spiritual Grace
2015 Rensselaer Athletics Hall of Fame Induction

Generosity and Dedication That Change the World
2015 Patroon Recognition Brunch

A Bookstore as Sophisticated as a Rensselaer Classroom
Grand Opening of the Rensselaer Collegiate Store

Challenges, Opportunities, and Visions
Conversation with Charles Bolden, Jr., H’08 and Reid Wiseman ’97

Seeding the Challenges and Ambitions of Today
50 Year Reunion Luncheon

The New Polytechnic:
A Dynamic Paradigm for the Modern Technological Education

State of the Institute/Alumni Hall of Fame

Choosing Excellence
Boeing Leadership Center

The New Polytechnic: Unfettered by Domain Boundaries
GE Alumni/ae

Intellectual Agility, Multicultural Sophistication, and a Global View
Freshman Convocation

Excellence, Leadership, and Community
43nd Annual Employee Service Recognition & Retirement Dinner

Talents and Strengths
Reception for Parents of First-Year Students

Leadership, Training Leaders, and Reinvention
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP Employee Event

Seeking Terra Incognita
2015 Commencement Exercises

Your Turn to Make Your Mark
Zero Year Reunion Remarks

A Moment to Revel in a Sense of Accomplishment
Senior Banquet

Grace, Speed, Inventiveness, and Generosity
Annual Senior Athletes Banquet

A Symbol of Connection
Class of 2016 Junior Ring Ceremony

Aim High, and Become Your Own Best Qualities
Fisk University Commencement

Securing Our Nation, Strengthening Global Security, and Improving Lives
ROTC Presidential Joint Service Awards Ceremony

The New Polytechnic: Reshaping Rensselaer for the Future
RAA Board of Trustees Meeting

A Pathway to Changing the World
Accepted Student Celebration

Rensselaer and Icahn: A Window on the Future of Health Care in America
“Rensselaer and Icahn” Panel

Remembering Those Who Lighted the Way Forward
Annual Faculty and Staff Memorial Service

The New Polytechnic: Addressing Global Challenges, Transforming the World
The Honorable Pauline Newman ’47 Lecture

The Power of a Phalanx United to Change the World
Phalanx Honor Society Tapping Ceremony

The New Polytechnic: Bringing Together a Multiplicity of Perspectives
Spring Town Meeting

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