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NICK VIGGIANI, who has served as
Congressman Paul Tonko’s director of district projects since 2009, has joined Rensselaer as assistant vice president for research. A veteran of numerous successful roles in government and business, Viggiani will work with Vice President for Research Francine Berman to expand the impact of Rensselaer research, and to deepen Rensselaer’s research partnerships with state and federal research agencies and with corporations and foundations. Under Berman’s direction, Rensselaer currently receives close to $90 million in research grants annually, from federal and state government agencies, and from other sources.
STEVE BREYMAN, associate professor of science and technology studies, has been awarded the U.S. State Department William C. Foster Fellowship. Breyman is spending one year working in the State Department Office of Euro-Atlantic Security Affairs in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance. JOSEPH CASSIDY, dean of student life at
from the Germany-based Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The honor includes a fellowship that will allow Gray to pursue research at the Max Planck Institute Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition in Berlin. The Humboldt Research Award is granted in recognition of the achievements of a researcher whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.
KEVIN BEATTIE, associate athletic director for communications and compliance, is the recipient of the 2011 Pillar of Rensselaer Award, the highest honor Rensselaer gives to a staff member. The Pillar Award is presented annually to a staff member who understands the Institute’s mission and history, has been a role model for other employees, has shown concern for students and their welfare, has added to the human dimension of the school, and who has played an active role in his or her home community. ABBY KINCHY, assistant professor of science and technology studies, received the James M. Tien ’66 Early Career Award for Faculty, which honors productivity in both teaching and research, at Commencement 2011. JAMES MYERS, director of the Compu-
petitiveness. The committee seeks to stimulate and facilitate wider usage of HPC across the private sector to propel productivity, innovation, and competitiveness.
STEVEN CRAMER, the William Weight-
contributions faculty members have made to the education and motivation of students, at Commencement 2011.
man Walker Professor of Polymer Engineering, was recently elected a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The AIChE commended Cramer, an expert in bioseparations and bioprocessing, for his wide-reaching research successes, and for demonstrating “significant accomplishments in, and contributions to, the profession” of chemical engineering.
BOLESLAW SZYMANSKI, the Claire and Roland Schmitt Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, was awarded the title of “Professor of Engineering” by the president of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski. The exclusive title is granted to academic teachers and researchers and artists. The award was bestowed on Szymanski by President Komorowski in the Presidential Palace in Warsaw on June 29. ERIC LEDET, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, has received the Class of 1951 Outstanding Teaching Award Fellowship, established by the Class of 1951 to recognize faculty members for their outstanding accomplishments in education. JOE CHOW, professor of electrical,
the P Lashmet Profes.K. sor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, was awarded the Board of Trustees’ Outstanding Teacher Award, which was established in 1994 to recognize outstanding accomplishments in classroom instruction.
CURT BRENEMAN, JAMES CRIVELLO, and JAMES MOORE, professors of chemistry and chemical biology, have been named 2011 fellows of the American Chemical Society (ACS), in recognition of their “outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and the society.” Breneman, who is currently the acting department head of chemistry and chemical biology, is also director of the Rensselaer Exploratory Center for Cheminformatics Research. His research focuses on understanding and predicting the behavior of molecules in a variety of environments. Crivello has been issued or has pending more than 23 patents since joining the faculty in 1988. Crivello is widely recognized for inventing some of the world’s most advanced polymers. He is a member of the New York State Center for Polymer Synthesis at Rensselaer. Moore seeks to develop new materials that advance discovery in biotechnology and microelectronics. His work also strives to develop greener and more energy-efficient materials by using waste products to develop new polymers.
the University of Dallas, has joined Rensselaer as director of the Rensselaer Union. A 25-year veteran with broad expertise in the field of student affairs in both public and private universities, Cassidy is an experienced leader, student life advocate, educator, and mentor.
WAYNE GRAY, professor of cognitive
science and director of the CogWorks Laboratory, has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award
tational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations, has accepted an invitation to join the High Performance Computing (HPC) Advisory Committee of the U.S. Council on Com-
computer, and systems engineering, received the Jerome Fischbach Faculty Travel Grant, which is funded by Jerome Fischbach ’38 for
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