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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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  • Michael Tuomey (1805 - 1857)
    Michael Tuomey (1805-1857) was Alabama's first state geologist, and his appointment to the position led to the creation of the Geological Survey of Alabama. Tuomey's scientific description of the s...
  • Lee Harris Pomeroy (1932 - 2018)
    Lee Harris Pomeroy was an American architect and the founding principal of the firm Lee Harris Pomeroy Architects. He was a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, and...
  • Edgar Boyd Kay (1860 - 1931)
    Teacher, Civil Engineer, Inventor: He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in civil engineering in 1883. For two years, he was an instructor in civil engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic an...
  • Daniel Augustus Tompkins (1851 - 1914)
    Industrialist, journalist. Tompkins was born in Edgefield on October 12, 1851, the eldest child of Dewitt Clinton Tompkins and Hannah Virginia Smyly. Tompkins began his education in schools around Ed...
  • Estevan Antonio Fuertes (1838 - 1903)
    Estevan Antonio Fuertes (May 10, 1838 San Juan, Puerto Rico – January 16, 1903 Ithaca, New York) was a Puerto Rican-American astronomer and civil engineer. Biography Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico...

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, or RPI, is a private research university located in Troy, New York, with two additional campuses in Hartford and Groton, Connecticut. It was founded in 1824 by Stephen van Rensselaer and Amos Eaton for the "application of science to the common purposes of life" and is the oldest technological university in the English-speaking world. Built on a hillside, RPI's 265-acre (107 ha) campus overlooks the city of Troy and the Hudson River and is a blend of traditional and modern architecture. The institute operates an on‑campus business incubator and the 1,250-acre (510 ha) Rensselaer Technology Park. Numerous American colleges or departments of applied sciences were modeled after Rensselaer. The university is one among a small group of polytechnic universities in the United States which tend to be primarily devoted to the instruction of technical arts and applied sciences.

Rensselaer is organized into six main schools within which there are thirty-seven departments: the School of Architecture; School of Engineering; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; School of Information Technology and Web Science; School of Science; and the Lally School of Management & Technology. The university offers around one hundred forty degree programs in sixty fields leading to bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees.

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