A way to think. A way to learn. A way to succeed.
Companies founded by Rensselaer alumni/ae include:
Level 3 Communications
Entrepreneurial thinking lies at the heart of Rensselaer’s philosophy. Like our faculty, Rensselaer students are encouraged to pursue creativity and discovery and the results are often spectacular. Our undergraduates embrace change in ways that have transformed how the world works, plays, and lives.
Our entrepreneurship program is built on the premise that not everyone wants to, or needs to, become an entrepreneur, but in today’s world everyone should know how to think like one.
A Legacy of Innovation
Some students come to Rensselaer with an entrepreneurial idea; many are inspired and develop ideas while here. The video game giant Vicarious Visions once operated out of a Rensselaer residence hall. Drawing one-third of its employees from Rensselaer’s graduate pool, the company creates such successful video games as Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, and Spider-Man 3. Rensselaer alumni/ae have launched dozens of other prominent and successful businesses.
Osborn Engineering, which has designed more than 100 U.S. sports stadiums, including the original Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park, was established by a Rensselaer alumnus. Gary Burrel ’63 co-founded Garmin International, a world-class manufacturer of GPS navigation systems.
From Classroom to Commercialization
From on-campus courses to workshops, idea competitions, events, guest speakers and hundreds of video clips, all Rensselaer students have access to a wide range of learning tools and resources to help develop and pursue entrepreneurial thinking and innovative opportunities.
Today, entrepreneurship is embedded in curriculum across the Institute, where it complements and enhances course content in areas such as:
Rensselaer’s prominent alumni/ae entrepreneurs include:
- engineering design,
- and more.
- Claire Fraser ’77, head of the Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS)
- Don McMurtry ’86, former vice president of Research in Motion, creators of the BlackBerry
- Jim Mullen ’80, president and CEO of Biogen
- Eben Bayer ’07 and Gavin McIntrye ’07, co-founders of Ecovative Design, creators of Greensulate
- Paul Severino ’69, founder and former chairman, Bay Networks, Inc.
- Sean O’Sullivan ’85, founder and former president, MapInfo
- Mike Herman ’62, former president of the Kansas City Royals
- Curtis Priem ’82, co-founder and chief technical officer, Nvidia Corp.
- Lou Doctor ’79, co-founder of Raster Technologies
- Stu Benton ’62, founder Soundview Partners, serial entrepreneur and start-up consultant
- Jeff Stewart ’91, David Uyttendaele ’91 and John Delbridge ’91, co-founders of Mimeo.com
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