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2011-2012
Table of Contents
Welcome to Rensselaer ............................................................................. 2
Frequently Asked Questions ..................................................................... 4
Educational Resources .............................................................................. 7
Southeastern Connecticut Site .................................................................. 9
Admissions .............................................................................................. 10
Financial Aid / Veterans' Benefits ......................................................... 10
Student Financial Services ...................................................................... 11
Academic Information and Regulations ................................................. 13
Department of Engineering and Science ................................................. 24
Computer Science ................................................................................... 24
Information Technology ......................................................................... 28
Engineering ............................................................................................. 31
Lally School of Management and Technology ....................................... 44
International Scholars Program ............................................................... 53
Course Descriptions ................................................................................ 55
Computer and Information Sciences ....................................................... 55
Engineering ............................................................................................. 61
Management and Technology ................................................................. 71
Executive and Professional Development............................................... 80
Faculty ..................................................................................................... 83
Administration, Board of Trustees .......................................................... 88
Administration, Rensselaer's Hartford Campus ...................................... 88
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Rensselaer Overview
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, of Troy, New York, founded in 1824, is the nation's oldest technological
research university. Well known for its leadership in technology-based education and its rigorous
approach to problem solving, Rensselaer is a nonsectarian, coeducational institution. The branch campus
in Connecticut has been the home of Rensselaer-wide excellence in advanced Education for Working
Professionals for more than fifty-five years. The Hartford Campus and the Groton Site provide a
challenging educational environment and a dynamic learning experience for students who need to balance
their professional, academic, and personal lives.
Education for Working Professionals
Education for Working Professionals (EWP) is one of Rensselaer's core enterprises and encompasses a
range of programs designed specifically for current and future workforce leaders with a range of highend, customized, degree, certificate, and professional development programs. Program content flows from
Rensselaer's research strengths and unique academic programs. The EWP organization supports the
Rensselaer vision by forging strategic partnerships with businesses, governments, universities, and
innovative professionals who impact society and technology around the nation and the world.
Rensselaer's educational enterprise for working professionals is dedicated to providing an interactive
learning environment for students who are seeking high-level knowledge while they hone their analytical
capabilities and leadership skills and enhance their innovative thinking. The intent is to have Rensselaer
graduates--executives, senior professionals, managers, and individuals with high potential-- become
architects of their futures. With dramatic increases in the rate of change, working professionals expect and
demand an academic environment that fits the evolving needs of their fast-paced world.
Degree Programs
The Hartford Campus offers graduate programs in Business Administration, Management, Computer
Science, Computer and Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Science, Mechanical
Engineering, and Information Technology. Specialized programs include the Dual Master's Degrees, the
Cohort MBA, the Executive MBA (EMBA), Industrial Process Management, and the International
Scholars Program (ISP). Courses are delivered by faculty with significant industry experience, solid
academic credentials and scholarship, and exceptional teaching skills whose expertise is grounded in
sound research and best practices on a global basis. Each course is designed to meet the needs of working
professionals seeking to advance their careers and enhance the success of their organizations. Rensselaer
graduates are changing the world every day.
Graduate Certificate Programs
Several graduate certificates are available in Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering. For
working professionals not seeking a complete master's degree, Rensselaer's Graduate Certificate programs
are tailored to enhance or update skills in a shorter period of time. They have a selective focus and require
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that a student successfully complete three or four courses in a specific area of study. With an advisor's
approval, credits earned may be subsequently applied as electives toward a master's degree.
International Scholars Program
Rensselaer's International Scholars Program (ISP) is a one-year accelerated master's degree program for
recent college graduates which includes a ten-week summer term abroad. ISP provides students with the
edge they need as they make the transition from college to the working world. The Rensselaer
International Scholar will earn a master's degree in either Management or Information Technology, with
global emphasis on trade, innovation, security, and competitiveness. Forty percent of the degree will be
completed in Europe and Asia. ISP students will visit major corporations in Rome and Shanghai, and will
be taught by world leaders in industry.
Executive and Professional Education
Rensselaer is a firm believer in lifelong education, and encourages executives and other working
professionals to passionately pursue learning throughout their careers. A range of professional
development programs and services are offered at the Hartford Campus. These noncredit programs are
designed to provide working professionals and organizations with the critical skills needed to be effective
in today's dynamic workplace. Training programs and workshops are available in the areas of leadership
and executive development and professional engineering exam preparation. Rensselaer offers services
designed to help companies and individuals understand and define their developmental needs. Services
include: needs assessment, custom program development, executive coaching, and multiple delivery
options and locations. See the Executive and Professional Development section for more information.
Accreditation
Rensselaer is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the Office of Financial
and Academic Affairs for Higher Education of the State of Connecticut, and by a number of professional
and academic societies. Rensselaer's Lally School of Management and Technology is an accredited
member of AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
International.
Affirmative Action Policy
Rensselaer admits qualified students without regard to age, race, color, gender, sexual orientation,
religion, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, marital status, or disability. Rensselaer is committed to
equal access and equal opportunity. Should you require special accommodations in order to participate in
any of the programs offered, please contact the Director of Operations and Facilities at (860) 548-5392.
Alternative formats of course material may be provided upon request.
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the relationship between the Rensselaer Hartford Campus, the Rensselaer Groton Site, and
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute?
Rensselaer's Hartford Campus is a branch campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York,
offering Master's Degrees, graduate certificate programs, and professional development courses. The
Rensselaer Groton Site serves students in southeastern Connecticut, offering graduate programs of the
Rensselear Hartford Campus. Students at Rensselaer's Hartford Campus and the Rensselaer Groton Site
earn Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute master's degrees.
2. Do I have to apply to take classes?
Anyone wanting to take classes at Rensselaer must apply and be admitted. Although Rensselaer requires
the formal admission of all students prior to registering for a credit course (even if you are not seeking a
degree), the process is designed to be both streamlined and flexible. We also offer an online application
that can be accessed at: http://apply.ewp.rpi.edu/apply/.
3. How is an application evaluated?
The review process is designed to comprehensively evaluate an applicant's academic and professional
background. Some factors include: the undergraduate or graduate school attended, the applicant's major,
the year graduated, subsequent course work, performance in key subjects, rank in class (if available),
awards and/or honors received, letters of recommendations, a personal statement of goals, resume, and
standardized test scores (if requested).
4. When should I apply?
The rolling admission process allows you to apply and enter a program during any of the three terms
beginning in September, January, or May. The application deadline is approximately one month prior to
the start of a particular term or program. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-accommodated
basis.
5. How long does the application process take?
As soon as all of your materials are received your application will be considered for a decision. You will
then be contacted in writing with the admissions decision.
6. Do you require standardized test scores?
For all degree-seeking applicants, official test scores are required and must be requested from the testing
organization. Rensselaer at Hartford's ETS code is 3734
Copies of these scores may be sent to Enrollment Management, but will be used only until official scores
are received.
GRE, GMAT, or PPI reports should reflect test scores dated within five years. Older scores are not
available from ETS. Note: if you are submitting PPI scores, letters of recommendation are not required.
Please be aware that it may take up to four weeks for official test scores to be received by Enrollment
Management.
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Applicants seeking entry to the part-time MBA or M.S. in Management are required to submit either a
GMAT score or a PPI (Personal Potential Index) evaluation. Part-time applicants to master’s program in
Engineering, Computer Science or Information Technology are required to submit either a GRE or the
PPI. There are certain occasions when other graduate admissions examinations such as the Graduate
Record Examination (GRE) are accepted in place of the GMAT.
Professionals who may be concerned about the competitiveness of their academic background are
encouraged to submit a standardized test to enhance their candidacy for graduate study.
Important note: Those eligible to provide the Personal Potential Index (PPI) in lieu of the GRE/GMAT
exam score report must demonstrate a sufficient level of full-time professional experience. Applicants
who submit a PPI evaluation are not required to provide additional letters of reference.
Go to GMAT Information
Go to GRE Information
Go to PPI Information
7. How long does it take to complete a degree and how long does a student have to complete all the
requirements?
The primary mission of Rensselaer is to provide education for working professionals. Classes are held
once a week, in the evenings or on weekends, on a trimester basis. A student sets his or her own pace
depending upon the number of classes he or she decides to take each term. All work for a 30-credit
Master's degree must be completed within three calendar years, beginning with the date on the original
acceptance letter. All work for the 51-credit MBA must be completed within five calendar years,
beginning with the date on the original acceptance letter. However, one-year extensions are granted for
compelling reasons.
8. Are your programs accredited?
Yes. Rensselaer is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Office of
Financial and Academic Affairs for Higher Education of the State of Connecticut. Rensselaer's Lally
School of Management and Technology is accredited by AACSB International (The Association to
Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International).
9. When are classes scheduled?
Computer Science, Information Technology, and Engineering classes are held Monday-Thursday from
5:30-8:30 p.m. Management courses are offered Monday-Thursday, from 5:30-9 p.m., and on alternating
or consecutive Saturdays. Each course meets once a week.
10. Will I have an advisor?
Each student, whether matriculated or non-matriculated, is assigned a faculty advisor.
11. How does the MBA differ from the Master of Science in Management?
The MBA is a 51-credit program (17 classes). It consists of 12 core management courses, a practicum,
and 4 electives, which can be organized into a concentration. The MBA equips graduates with the skills
necessary to assume leadership positions in their organizations.
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The M.S. is a 30-credit program (10 classes). It consists of 4 core management courses and 6 electives
that must be organized into a concentration. The M.S. is a more specialized program; the majority of the
coursework focuses on the area of specialization.
The Lally School of Management offers several different focal areas that can be applied to the M.S. in
Management. Please refer to the Lally School of Management section for details.
12. Do you require a Thesis for your MBA/Management program?
All students enrolled in the MBA and M.S. programs in the Lally School of Management and Technology
are required to complete a 3-credit CAPSTONE course. The CAPSTONE is an opportunity for students
to synthesize the body of knowledge gained during their course of study and is ordinarily completed in
the final term of the degree program.
13. What is the dual degree program?
The dual degree program is a combination of an MBA and an M.S. or M.Eng. program. Taken separately,
the two degrees consist of 81 credit hours. However, if done in a "dual" format, both may be earned in 72
credit hours. If you are interested in a dual degree, it is beneficial to fill out a Plan of Study and meet with
an advisor as soon as possible.
14. How many classes can be transferred or waived?
A student in the MBA program may transfer two (6 credit hours) of appropriate graduate work. The
process must be approved by the faculty advisor and department chair, and the course must be taken
within a five year period of the student’s application. Transfer courses must be the same subject, depth,
and breadth of a course offered by Rensselaer. A student may also request, in writing, that a substitute
course be used in place of a core management course when the student has great depth of knowledge (at
the graduate school level) in that subject.
A student in the M.S. program may transfer two graduate courses (6 credit hours) and the same rules
apply.
15. What is the tuition?
Beginning with the Fall 2012 term, tuition is charged at the standard rate of $1545 per credit hour of
graduate instruction. Certain cohort programs have different pricing structures. There are no additional
fees for registration, use of the library, computing facilities, parking, or any other Rensselaer student
service. Go to the Tuition and Payment page.
16. Do you offer Financial Aid?
Rensselaer participates in the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program and administers the Federal Stafford
Loan to help you manage graduate education expenses. The Stafford Loan requires enrollment of at least
six credits. For further requirements and Financial Aid options, please review the Financial Aid section of
the Web site. You may contact the Financial Aid Office at (860) 548-2406 or (800) 433- 4723, ext. 2406
to request financial application materials, or go to the online Financial Aid section of the Web site.
17. Do I need Immunization Verification?
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Connecticut State Law requires that all students born after December 31, 1956 and enrolled in
postsecondary schools be protected against measles, mumps, and rubella. In addition, beginning August
1, 2010, students born on or after January 1, 1980 must also provide proof of immunization against
varicella (chicken pox). Click here to access Rensselaer's Immunization Verification Certificate Form.
18. If I still have questions, what should I do?
Contact the Office of Enrollment Management. Personnel are available to answer your questions over the
phone, or you may wish to schedule an appointment, or attend an Information Session. For more
information, please call (860) 548-2420; (800) 433-4723, ext. 2420; or e-mail: [email protected]
Educational Resources
Hartford Campus
Technical and Information Services
Director: Brian J. Clement
Rensselaer has diverse computing resources that rival many systems currently installed in other
educational institutions and industries. Technical and Information Services (TIS) provides technical
support services to students, faculty, and staff for their academic, instructional, and research endeavors.
TIS is responsible for the design, development, implementation, and maintenance of a state-of-the-art
computing environment for the Hartford Campus community.
To meet this challenge, we have developed a computing environment based on a distributed network of
personal computers (PCs), high-end workstations, and file servers using a client-server model, combined
with high-speed networking. This model provides a multi-user computing environment that is capable of
handling demanding database management and compute-intensive applications for students, faculty, and
staff.
A variety of computing facilities, general access labs, technology classrooms and wireless access are
available for student use. Our facilities have consistent equipment installed (Sun Workstations, PCs, etc.)
and numerous software packages. TIS offices are located on Level 2.
Network and Servers
The Hartford Campus computing infrastructure is based on an open TCP/IP client-server architecture and
uses Cisco System’s routers and Catalyst switches to support a high-speed 10/100/1000 Mbps switched
network. All servers connect to the network via a dedicated 1000 Mbps full duplex link. Workstations and
PCs connect to the switched network via dedicated 10/100/1000Mbps links.
Users may access Hartford Campus network services from home or office via their Internet service
provider. Robust Internet access is provided via a gigabit connection to the Connecticut Education
Network (CEN). An additional T1 links Hartford to the Groton Site. A Virtual Private Network (VPN)
service is available for secure off-campus access to internal campus resources.
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Wireless Access is available at the Hartford Campus and the Groton Site. All wireless connections require
authentication using either secure 802.1x MS-CHAP or GTC protocols or a IPSec-based VPN service.
There are also numerous wired connections throughout the building for laptop use. The following areas
feature wireless access: Level 2 (Plaza Building, Cafeteria, and courtyard), Level 3, Level 4, Level 5
(Cole Library), Level 6 and Level 7 with additional areas and full campus coverage planned within a year.
The Hartford student file server is a Sun Microsystems’ Enterprise, a high-performance, multi-core,
multi-processor server with high capacity attached raid disk storage. Additional servers supply specialized
network services and web-based resources. To complete the computing environment, the Hartford
Campus has high-speed, publication-quality network printers throughout the building.
Personal Computer Laboratories
Students have access to PC-based laboratories and technology classrooms. These facilities are located on
the second, fourth, and sixth levels of the main building, in the Cole Library, and at the Groton Site. The
PCs in these facilities are connected to our local area network, giving students access to the Internet as
well as file and print services. The technology classrooms are available for individual student use when
they are not reserved for classes. Contact TIS for availability of PC-based labs and the technology
classrooms.
UNIX Workstation Laboratory and Classroom
The UNIX workstation laboratory on Level 1 and classroom on Level 2 contain workstations from Sun
Microsystems. These workstations are connected to our local area network, giving students access to the
Internet as well as file and print services. They feature high-speed I/O throughput, significant memory
and disk capacity, plus graphics acceleration. Technology classrooms are available for individual student
use when they are not reserved for classes.
Software Library
Each PC/Workstation has a variety of industry standard application software installed. The following
describes some of the application areas covered: programming languages/tools, office suite (word
processing, spreadsheets, presentation, and database applications) Web interface and virus protection.
The Robert L. and Sara Marcy Cole Library
Director: Mary S. Dixey
The Cole Library provides users with information resources and services that focus in the areas of
management, business, computer science, and engineering. Its specialized collection of print and
electronic resources consists of 44,000 volumes; 400 print journals; and a variety of bibliographic and
full-text online databases that offer access to over 36,000 e-journals.
The Cole Library shares an online catalog with its sister library, the Folsom Library at Rensselaer in Troy,
New York. The Cole Library has full membership in OCLC, Inc., an international bibliographic system,
and has borrowing privileges with over 5,000 member institutions.
Of particular interest to students and faculty are the publications of professional associations such as the
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
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(IEEE), and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Special online collections include
proceedings of the ACM and IEEE.
Reference
The professional staff is available to assist students and faculty with research and reference needs using
both the Cole Library and other resources. Quick reference by e-mail form is also available. Referrals to
other libraries in the area augment in-house resources. Students and faculty may request material not
available in the Cole Library through Interlibrary Loan.
The Cole Library's instruction program offers subject-specific sessions on a class and individual basis.
The staff is especially attuned to the research needs of the adult student.
Electronic Access Resources
The Cole Library provides on-site and remote access to its resources. An open computer area provides
online databases that support both the management and the sciences curricula. A full gateway to the
Internet is available through PC workstations.
The Cole Library's home page is regularly updated. It offers tutorials and serves as a guide to courserelated resources. The information may be reached from remote locations through an Internet Service
Provider.
Use of the Library
Students must register with the Cole Library to borrow materials. The Rensselaer ID card, issued at
registration, also serves as a Library Card. Material in the open collection is loaned for the entire term.
Reserve materials are available for shorter loan periods determined by the faculty. Students may contact
the Cole Library at (860) 548-2490; (800) 433-4723, Ext. 2490; e-mail: [email protected] ; or visit
our home page www.ewp.rpi.edu/library.
Southeastern Connecticut Site
Location
Rensselaer's Groton Site is located at the Mystic Executive Park, 115 Poheganut Drive, Groton. The
Mystic Executive Park is a modern, conveniently located facility with ample free parking. Rensselaer’s
space features newly built classrooms, a reception area, computer room, student lounge, and wireless
network access.
Emergency Closing Information
Check the Emergency Closing page for a listing of radio stations and news sources that will
provide emergency closing information. If a decision to delay or cancel the opening of our
facilities is made, the announcement will also appear on the EWP home page.
Textbooks and Other Materials
Groton students may order their textbooks online. The complete procedure is available by
clicking HERE.
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Admissions
Welcome to Rensselaer!
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Education for Working Professionals (EWP) is well-known for its
leadership in technology-based education and its rigorous approach to problem solving. Our Hartford and
Groton locations have been a leading platform in innovative education for working professionals for over
fifty years, and continue to offer graduate degree programs that are:
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Application-oriented
Immediately Impactful
Academically Challenging
We invite you to review our program options for the current academic year, 2011-2012, with new classes
beginning year-round starting in September 2011.
Explore Your Options!
Additionally, we encourage you to engage us in your decision-making process. For instance, if you are
unsure which degree option makes the most sense for you, we can help compare and contrast program
content and even introduce you to our faculty advisors. You can contact us directly to discuss your
interests and how we can assist you.
Office of Enrollment Management
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(860) 548-2420
(800) 306-7778
Fax: (860) 548-2473
E-mail [email protected]
Financial Aid/Veterans’ Benefits
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View our Instructional Video on Financial Aid
Grant & Scholarship Resources
Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program
Basic Eligibility Criteria
Procedures for Obtaining a
Stafford Loan
Loan Dispersement
Repayment
Rights & Responsibilities
Related Policies
Database Match Issues
Private Student Loan Programs
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Veteran's Benefits
Yellow Ribbon Program
Monthly Tuition Payment Plan
Tax Benefits for Higher Education
Using Home Equity Loans for Education Costs
Checklist of Required Application Materials
For Federal Direct Stafford Loan
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Federal Student Loan Request Form
(Online form - fill out and submit)
2011-2012 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) OR
2011-2012 Renewal FAFSA*
Please send application materials directly to
Rensselaer at Hartford’s Financial Aid Office.
*FAFSAs can be completed online by clicking below:
www.fafsa.ed.gov
(IMPORTANT - Rensselaer at Hartford's school code is E01127)
Contact the Rensselaer at Hartford Financial Aid Office:
John Gonyea, Financial Aid Officer
Rensselaer at Hartford
275 Windsor Street, Hartford, CT 06120
(860) 548-2406, (800) 433-4723, Ext. 2406
Fax: (860) 548-7912
E-mail: [email protected]
Student Financial Services
Manager, Financial Services: Natalie A. Sutera
Supervisor, Student Accounts: Audrey C. Cardillo
Tuition and Fees
Beginning with the Fall 2012 term, tuition for advanced graduate studies programs is $1545 per credit
hour. Registration is not complete until payment is received through any of the Payment Options outlined
below. Tuition payment is due two weeks before classes begin (see specific Program Schedule). Tuition
paid after this date will be subject to a late fee of $100 per course. Students will not be able to attend class
until all financial obligations have been met.
No refunds will be issued for any courses dropped after the Drop Deadline for the specific Program.
There are no additional fees for registration, use of the library, computing facilities, Commencement,
parking, or any other Rensselaer student service.
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Financial Responsibilities
Academic credit, degrees, grade reports, diplomas, and transcripts will not be granted to students who
have outstanding financial obligations to Rensselaer. In addition, students who have not satisfied their
financial obligations will be unable to register for future terms. Should a student fail to pay any amounts
due Rensselaer in accordance with the terms of the Catalog, Rensselaer may, at its option, increase the
amounts due by any attorneys’ fees, collection agency fees, or any other costs or charges incurred in the
collection process.
Payment Options
Payments can be made through the office of Student Services at the Hartford Campus. Normal business
hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For the convenience of our students, payments are
also accepted at the Reception Desk located on Level 3. Extended hours at the Reception Desk are
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.. Other arrangements can also be
made by contacting Student Accounts directly at (860) 548-2413.
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Checks, Money Orders, and Travelers Checks should be payable to Rensselaer. To expedite
processing, please also include your RIN (Rensselaer Identification Number) and name on all
forms of payment.
Credit Card Payments. Rensselaer accepts Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. If you
wish to pay all or a portion of your charges by credit card please log on to the Rensselaer Web
site and pay online.
Payment Plan. As an alternative to paying one lump sum at the beginning of the term,
Rensselaer offers a monthly installment plan. This plan, called “Tuition Pay,” is coordinated with
Academic Management Services (AMS). The plan permits tuition charges to be paid in four
interest-free installments over the course of the current term. The only additional cost is an
application fee of $35 per term. For more information on Tuition Pay through AMS, please
contact Student Accounts, or AMS directly at (800) 635-0120 or visit their Web site at:
www.tuitionpay.com.
Employer Payments
1. Direct Billing. Rensselaer currently has contracts with several local employers to direct bill the
company for tuition charges incurred on behalf of certain qualified employees. If an employer
authorizes direct billing by Rensselaer, the appropriate authorization form/letter, or purchase
order must be submitted to Student Accounts at the time of registration. If you have questions as
to whether or not your employer has such an arrangement with Rensselaer or the documentation
required for such payments, please contact Student Accounts.
2. Tuition Reimbursement. If an employer is supporting tuition costs by reimbursing an employee
directly at the end of the term, this does not qualify a student for deferred payment. Students in
this situation are considered to be self-paying, subject to the standard financial responsibilities
and payment schedules described above.
Tuition Refunds
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Students who withdraw from a course without registering for another course prior to the Drop Deadline
will receive a full tuition refund. All other withdrawals after the Drop Deadline will result in 100%
forfeiture of tuition.
Academic Information and Regulations
Registrar: Doris M. Matsikas
Registration
Students will be registered prior to the beginning of each term as specified in the academic calendar. New
students are expected to contact their academic advisor for assistance in course selection. Returning
students are given the opportunity to automatically get registered each term, according to the courses on
their Plan of Study. Registration procedures are available online on the Student Homepage.
Residence and Time Limit
A student earning a master’s degree is required to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours at Rensselaer
for each Master of Science degree sought. Students engaged in professional programs (part-time students)
must complete all work for the master’s degrees requiring 30 credits within three calendar years of the
original admission date. Those Rensselaer students working on master’s degrees requiring 51 credits must
complete the requirements within five calendar years of the original admission date.
Extensions may only be granted if the student is in good academic standing and has an acceptable Plan of
Study. Working professionals must petition their academic department for an extension. Final approval is
granted by the Assistant Dean for Academic Programs.
Academic Load
A part-time student normally carries a maximum of six credit hours per term. Full-time registration
requires enrollment in a minimum of twelve credit hours per term unless the student's academic program
does not permit registering for twelve credit hours. In such cases, full-time status will require a minimum
of nine credit hours.
Academic Standing
A student is considered in good academic standing if he or she is making satisfactory progress toward his
or her educational goals. Students not making satisfactory progress are subject to dismissal.
Academic Dismissal
Continuation in the graduate program requires satisfactory performance. Satisfactory performance is not
limited to the academic record, but also includes other appraisals of the student's ability.
The minimum GPA of all grades used for credit must be 3.0. If a student's grade average falls below 3.0,
the department will conduct a formal review to determine whether continuation is warranted.
A student will be dismissed from Rensselaer if:
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He or she has accumulated six credit hours beyond the stated degree requirements and has not
satisfied the 3.0/4.0 GPA.
His or her record indicates two failing "F" grades or three "C" grades where the GPA is less than
3.0/4.0.
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He or she fails to make satisfactory progress toward the completion of course work or a degree
program.
Readmission
This policy applies to students who have completed only a few courses and have exceeded the three-year
(M.S. and M.Eng.) or five-year (MBA) limit to complete degree requirements. Graduate students
requesting readmission must receive the prior approval of the academic department official.
A student reapplies by completing the Rensselaer application. Resubmission of letters of recommendation
and official transcripts are generally not required. However, if the transcripts in the student's file are not
official, or if he or she has completed additional course work at another graduate institution since
attending Rensselaer , the Office of Student Services will require the appropriate official transcripts and
other documentation, if needed.
If readmission is approved, all course work for the master's degree must be completed within three or five
calendar years (depending upon degree) beginning with the date of the readmission letter. Course work
taken prior to readmission will be subject to evaluation by the academic department official and faculty
advisor. If coursework is more than five years old, it will not be allowed for a current degree. When a
student is readmitted he or she must satisfy current program requirements.
Leave of Absence
A leave of absence is a period of time voluntarily spent away from Rensselaer. A student in good standing
who finds it necessary to withdraw for an allowable period of time must complete a Leave of Absence
form, stating reasons for the request, and submit it to the Office of the Registrar. A leave of absence is
normally given for up to one year, starting with the term during which the leave is requested. A leave of
absence does not afford additional time to complete the degree. Exceptions to this rule can be requested
when the leave is taken for maternity, medical, or military reasons.
Withdrawal from Rensselaer
In order to leave in good standing, a student who voluntarily withdraws during the academic year must
submit a Withdrawal Form (available here) to the Office of the Registrar.
Advisors
Students are required to establish and maintain working relationships with faculty advisors during their
programs of study.
Each student is assigned a faculty advisor to assist in academic program planning and the development of
an approved Plan of Study. It is mandatory that students contact the faculty advisor during their first term
to complete a Plan of Study. If no plan is on file prior to the next term, a flag will be placed on the
student's record preventing registration.
Students should also meet with the faculty advisor annually and prior to starting their last term before
graduation to assure that all degree requirements are being completed in compliance with established
criteria. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the academic regulations are met and that
any deviations from these regulations are approved in advance by the advisor and the academic
department official.
Requests for change of status, change in program plan, and transfer of credit should be submitted on the
appropriate form to the faculty advisor for review, consideration, and processing. Supporting letters and
documentation should accompany such requests as required.
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In addition to assisting in academic program planning, faculty advisors are aware of Rensselaer policies
which may affect student status. They are also familiar with future elective course options which may be
of special interest to advisees.
Attendance Requirements
Requirements for class attendance are generally determined by the academic department. It is the
responsibility of each instructor to make these requirements clear at the beginning of the course, and it is
the responsibility of the student to abide by them. If the instructor does not inform the class of the
attendance policy, he or she should be asked to state the policy for the class.
The instructor who defers a class or changes his or her class schedule for any reason is responsible for
arranging for the work that is missed. The entire class must agree with any change to a class meeting
schedule or final exam schedule.
Auditing
Auditing is attending a course without credit. Auditors may participate in recitations, discussions, or
examinations at the discretion of the instructor. Admitted students will be allowed to audit courses on a
noncredit basis with the written permission of the instructor.
A student is granted auditor status when the Auditor Registration Form has been signed by all appropriate
parties and returned to the Office of the Registrar.
Auditors are charged full tuition for courses audited and may not register for credit in the audited course
later in the same term. They may, however, register in a future term on a credit basis for the audited
course. Tuition will be charged at the time of registration. Auditors who have fulfilled the attendance
requirements of the instructor will be assigned the grade of "AU" for the audited course at the end of the
term.
Changes in Course Registration
Add/Drop Regulations:
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A student may add a course, make a section change, or drop a course by completing the
Add/Drop Form. A revised Plan of Study must be submitted promptly following the
Add/Drop procedure.
There is no refund of tuition after the first three weeks of the term. Tuition charges are based on
the number of credits for which the student is enrolled at the end of the third week of the term
(Drop Deadline), independent of any further late drops.
After the published Drop Deadline, a student may withdraw after submitting the Add/Drop Form
and providing a detailed explanation of the reason for the late withdrawal. Such late drops are
assigned the non punitive grade of "W" (Withdrawn) and the student is charged full tuition.
Failure to attend a class, verbal notification, or other unofficial communication with the instructor
or Office of the Registrar does not constitute dropping a course.
Students who fail to submit a Drop Form will be assigned the punitive grade "FA"
(Administrative Failure) by the Registrar at the end of the term.
A veteran who changes his or her original credit-hour load within a term, or who withdraws, must
notify the Veterans Coordinator immediately.
Students are reminded that the possibility of receiving a low grade is not sufficient ground to
petition for permission to withdraw during the final two weeks of the course. Late withdrawals
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involving extenuating circumstances beyond the student's control are given individual
consideration.
Changes in Status
All changes in student status require completion of a Change of Status Form. This Form may be used to
request one or more of the following:
1. Admission to Degree Status (Non matriculated to Matriculated)
A prerequisite for admission to degree status is the completion of a minimum of two graduate
courses (6 credit hours ) and before the completion of four graduate courses (12 credit hours) with
grades of "A" or "B" (minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA). No more than twelve credit hours earned as a
nonmatriculated student will be transferred to a degree program.
Nonmatriculated students may request admission to degree status by submitting the following
documents to the Office of the Registrar: 1) a Graduate Request for Change of Status Form, 2) a
proposed Plan of Study Form, and 3) the remaining documents required to complete the formal
application, if applicable. Note that the documents required for admission to degree status vary by
department. Admission to degree status is subject to the approval of the faculty advisor and the
academic department official.
2. Returning after an Absence
Students in good standing who have been inactive for one year may petition to return to graduate
study by submitting the Change of Status Form. All requests to return to a program after an
absence or to return to study after graduation are subject to the review and approval of the
appropriate academic officials. If a student has been inactive for two or more years, they will
need to reapply through the Office of Enrollment Management.
3. Entry to a Second Master's Program or Alumni Returning for Additional Course Work
Graduates of Rensselaer are welcome to return for another master's degree or additional course
work. If returning as an Alumni for additional course work, a Change of Status Form is required.
If seeking another master's degree, the Change of Status Form and Plan of Study Form are
required. All requests to enter a new degree program are subject to the review and approval of the
academic department official.
4. Change in Curriculum
Students wishing to change from one curriculum to another (such as from Mechanical
Engineering to Management) must file a new Change of Status Form and submit a new Plan of
Study. All requests to enter a new degree program are subject to the review and approval of the
academic department official. A student who petitions to change his or her curriculum must
satisfactorily fulfill current admissions and program requirements.
5. Dual Degree
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Matriculated students may request admission to seek dual degrees (earning two separate degrees
concurrently) by submitting a Change of Status Form and a Plan of Study Form for each degree
program. This request is subject to approval of the academic officials from each department.
Any change affecting the student's permanent record, such as change of name, address, Social Security
number, or status must be reported to the Office of the Registrar as soon as possible. Questions
concerning Change of Status procedures should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.
Consortium Registration
Rensselaer Students
Rensselaer is a member of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education. Eligible students who wish to
take a course through the Consortium program should contact the Registrar for information and forms.
Students who wish to register at a Consortium school must bring the Consortium Graduate Student
Registration Form, validated by the Registrar at the Hartford Campus, to the other school. Rensselaer
students are reminded that attendance at the other school is on a space-available basis.
Approved courses taken at one of the Consortium colleges are entered on the student's record in the same
manner as courses taken at Rensselaer , and thus carry term and cumulative hours and quality points.
Consortium Students From Other Schools
Rensselaer requires the formal admission, prior to registration, of all students or full-time employees of
member institutions who wish to take a course through the Consortium program.
Students participating in the Consortium Employee Agreement are limited to one course per term without
tuition obligation on a space-available basis.
Credit Hour Definition
Academic credit is assigned in terms of the credit hour. For formal course work, one credit hour is
equivalent to one class hour per week for one term as specified in the academic calendar. All courses
carry three credit hours except where noted.
Transfer of Credit
1. Credit for graduate work completed in residence at other accredited institutions (management
courses must be from AACSB-accredited programs) may be offered in partial fulfillment of the
requirements when the grade earned is a "B" or better, the work is substantially equivalent to the
Rensselaer course it replaces, the course has not been credited toward an undergraduate degree,
and the course was completed within five years of admission. No more than six credit hours may
be transferred toward the degree, and not more than six credit hours used for a master's degree in
one area can be applied to a second master's degree.
2. A matriculated student who obtains the approval of his/her academic advisor to take graduatelevel course work elsewhere while enrolled at Rensselaer must apply for transfer of credit as soon
as the credit has been earned.
3. It is the student's responsibility to complete the Transfer of Credit Form; submit an official
transcript indicating grade received, credit awarded; and any other documentation required by his
or her advisor, such as a catalog description of the course and a (new or revised) Plan of Study.
Courses taken elsewhere and approved for transfer to Rensselaer as part of a degree program are
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not considered in computing the "B" average requirement. For additional information concerning
the awarding of credit by transfer, contact the Office of the Registrar.
4. On the student's official transcript, a Transfer of Credit will record only the course title and the
credit hours, but not the grade of the transferred course. The credit hours of a transferred course
compute into the cumulative earned hours, but do not affect the attempted hours column.
Substitutions
Courses required for any degrees may be waived only with substitution. A student whose prior academic
preparation is substantially equivalent to the level and content of a required core course may petition the
department for a waiver from the course.
M.S. students requesting substitution(s) must fill out their Plan of Study and meet with their advisor to
discuss the course or courses to be waived and include: 1) an unofficial transcript, 2) a catalog description
of the course, and 3) a letter justifying the rationale for the waiver. These materials should be submitted to
the advisor.
Grade Requirements
A "B" average must be maintained in order to fulfill degree requirements. When the student's academic
performance is unacceptable, one of the following actions will be taken.
1) The Registrar will inform the student in writing that his or her quality point average has fallen below
the stated "B" (3.0) average.
2) The Assistant Dean for Academic Programs may require that the student take a substitute course or
repeat a course.
3) The Assistant Dean for Academic Programs may, under exceptional circumstances, request that the
student be reexamined in a course.
For further information please refer to the section on Academic Standing. .
Grading System
Letter grades and their meanings are:
A
Excellent
A-
Excellent
B+
Good
B
Good
B-
Good
C+
Average
C
Average
C-
Average
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F
Failed
I
Incomplete course work
W
Withdrawn
AU Audit
U
Unsatisfactory in a satisfactory/unsatisfactory graded course
IP
In Progress (multiple-term course)
S
Satisfactory in a satisfactory/unsatisfactory graded course
Z
Grade unknown--see instructor
NE Not Examined
FA
Failed (due to administrative reasons)
WI
Failed (course that was previously graded "I" in which the student did not meet the deadline for
completing course work)
Grading System Explanation
FA Grade
The grade "FA" (Administrative Failure) is assigned by the Registrar to students who register for a course
they do not attend and do not submit an Add/Drop Form.
I Grade
The grade “I” (Incomplete) is given when a student is unable to complete required course work due to
illness or other extenuating circumstance such as a personal emergency beyond the student’s control.
The “I” grade is given only after the contract form (“Authorization for the Grade of Incomplete”) is
completed and signed by the instructor and the student and received by the Registrar.
Under no circumstances may the “I” grade be given for the following situations:
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Absence from a final exam or missing paper or project that is by choice and not beyond the
student’s control
Student on class list who never attended class
Student who wishes to do additional coursework or repeat the course to improve a grade
Student who attended only a few classes and needs to attend most of the classes again.
The work for which the “I” grade was given must be completed within one term.
If the agreements made in the “I” grade contract are not faithfully observed, or if the “I” grade is not
cleared in the time specified by the contract, the grade automatically becomes a “WI.” Once the “I” grade
is changed to “WI”, no other grade change will be accepted. The “I” is considered a penalty grade in the
calculation of the term GPA. Until changed, it is calculated as if it were the grade of “F.”
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IP Grade
The "IP" (In Progress) grade is given at the end of preliminary term of multiple-term courses such as
thesis, project, seminar, culminating experience (CAPSTONE), or practicum.
NE Grade
The "NE" (Not Examined) grade is given by the instructor to a student who has been excused from taking
a final exam at the scheduled time. The "NE" grade is recorded on the student's record when the instructor
submits the "NE Grade Authorization" to the Office of the Registrar.
The grade of "NE" must be made up on the day specified by the instructor and prior to the end of the
subsequent term.
If the examination is not taken by the date specified, the grade automatically becomes an "F."
Once the "NE" grade is changed to an "F", no other grade change will be accepted.
It should be noted that the grade of "NE" is not considered in the calculation of the term GPA.
S Grade & U Grade
"S" (Satisfactory) and "U" (Unsatisfactory) grades can only be assigned in courses specifically approved
for such grading by the Curriculum Committee. Examples of such courses are seminar, thesis, project, or
certain general electives.
W Grade
The grade "W" (Withdrawn) is assigned by the Registrar when a student is permitted to withdraw from a
course after the drop deadline.
WI Grade
This letter grade is assigned by the Registrar to students who received an Incomplete ("I") grade but failed
to meet the criteria or the deadline specified in the "I" contract. The grade is calculated as an "F" in the
student's grade point average. Once the "I" grade is changed to "WI", no other grade change will be
accepted.
Z Grade
The "Z" grade (Grade Unknown) is assigned by the Registrar when the grade roster is not submitted by
the instructor in time to print the term grade reports. The student should see his or her instructor for the
grade.
AU Grade
The grade "AU" (Audit) is assigned to students who have officially registered as auditors and who have
fulfilled the instructor's attendance requirements.
NOTE: The grades A, B, C, F, FA, S, U, or WI cannot be appealed or changed six months after award
by instructor.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
A student's grade point average is determined on the basis of the following numbers assigned to the letter
grades: A=4.0, A- = 3.67, B+=3.33, B=3.0, B- = 2.67, C+=2.33, C=2.0, C- =1.67, F=0, I=0, FA=0,
WI=0*. The grades U, S, IP, NE, W, AU, and Z are not considered when computing averages. The grade
point average is computed by multiplying the number corresponding to the grade in each and every course
by the number of credit hours for the course, totaling these products and then dividing the sum by the
total number of credit hours for the courses considered. Credit granted for work taken at another
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institution other than a member of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education and credit granted by
waiver and examination are not included in the GPA.
The grade point average for the term is computed at the end of each term. The cumulative quality point
average is computed at the end of each term for the full period of attendance at Rensselaer .
If a Graduate student repeats a course, both grades are entered on the record. However, course credit will
count only once and, although both grades appear on the transcript, the grade received in the repeated
course is always the one used in computing the GPA. The grade for a repeated course for which the
student receives a grade of "W" or taken at another institution cannot be used in place of the original
course grade in calculating the GPA.
Grade Calculations
Grade Contributes Quality Quality Contributes Temporary
Grade
To Quality Points Points To Earned
Grade
Interpretation
Hours
Earned Earned
Hours
Prior Effective
to Fall
Fall
2005
2005
A
Yes
4.00
4.00
Yes
No
Excellent
A-
Yes
NA
3.67
Yes
No
Excellent
B+
Yes
NA
3.33
Yes
No
Good
B
Yes
3.00
3.00
Yes
No
Good
B-
Yes
NA
2.67
Yes
No
Good
C+
Yes
NA
2.33
Yes
No
Average
C
Yes
2.00
2.00
Yes
No
Average
C-
Yes
NA
1.67
Yes
No
Average
F
Yes
0
0
No
No
Failed
I
Yes
0
0
No
Yes
Incomplete
W
No
0
0
No
No
Withdrawn
AU
No
0
0
No
No
Audit
U
No
0
0
No
No
Unsatisfactory
IP
No
0
0
No
No
In Progress
S
No
0
0
Yes
No
Satisfactory
Yes
Grade
Unknown
(Grade due,
but not
submitted)
Yes
Not Examined
(Missed Final
Exam)
Z
NE
No
No
0
0
0
0
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FA
WI
Yes
Yes
0
0
0
0
No
No
No
Failed due to
administrative
reasons
No
Failed (Did not
complete
course that
was previously
graded
incomplete)
Institutional Requirements
A candidate for a master's degree must:
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Be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Satisfy the culminating experience requirement as specified by the academic department.
Complete a Plan of Study with at least 30 credit hours (51 for the Master of Business
Administration) beyond the bachelor's degree with satisfactory grades.
Satisfy grade requirements with a minimum of 3.0/4.0 GPA.
Satisfy residence requirements.
Satisfy the department's practicum or seminar requirement, if applicable.
Present a thesis or project, if required.
Pursue a Plan of Study that will lead to the completion of all requirements.
Satisfy all financial obligations.
File a Degree Application with the Office of the Registrar by the date specified in the academic
calendar, for the term in which he or she plans to fulfill degree requirements. If a degree
application was filed for a previous term but the requirements were not fulfilled, a new degree
application must be filed for the term in which the student actually is graduating.
A student pursuing more than one master's degree must meet the above requirements for each degree
sought.
Master's Thesis and Master's Project
Certain departments may specify presentation of a thesis or completion of a project as a requirement for a
master's degree. Usually three, but no more than six credit hours are allowed for a master's thesis or
project. Thesis is for six credit hours only. Theses and projects are graded either "S" (Satisfactory) or "U"
(Unsatisfactory).
In a department that ordinarily requires a thesis or project, a student may be permitted to substitute
additional courses on recommendation of the advisor and with the approval of the Assistant Dean for
Academic Programs.
Submission of the thesis or project report and any final examination on the thesis or project must occur by
the dates listed in the academic calendar for the year. Students who wish to undertake a thesis or project
in Management should contact the Assistant Dean for Academic Programs for information and
guidelines. Students in the Engineering and Computer and Information Sciences curricula would
complete the thesis or project under the guidance of a thesis/project advisor. Details concerning deadlines,
proposal, and defense are available in the guide "Project/Thesis Requirements and Guidelines" which can
be obtained from the department.
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The candidate must submit the final original copy of the thesis or project, together with the advisor's
written approval of both content and format, to the Office of the Registrar at least one week before the
end of the term in which the degree is to be awarded.
Additional original copies, as specified by the individual department, may be requested. The record of
completion is forwarded to the Office of the Registrar and the thesis or project will be bound by the Cole
Library.
Degree Completion
At the beginning of the term in which the degree is expected, eligible degree candidates who have
fulfilled all departmental requirements and satisfied all financial obligations must file a Degree
Application Form and current Plan of Study Form with the Office of the Registrar. Please see the
Academic Calendar for the specific deadline date for the form.
No student is considered a degree candidate until he or she files the Degree Application Form.
Students who apply for degree completion but do not fulfill degree requirements must reapply for degree
completion by submitting a new Degree Application Form for the term in which completion is
anticipated. Degrees are conferred in August, December, and May.
Degree candidates not registering for course work in their final term will be registered for Degree
Completion, which is a no fee/no credit designation.
Commencement exercises are held on the grounds of Rensselaer's Troy, New York Campus in May to
honor graduates for the entire academic year. Information concerning the degree clearance procedure and
deadlines may be obtained by contacting the Office of the Registrar. Please see the Academic Calendar
for the specific date.
Transcript Requests
Students in Rensselaer's Hartford Campus programs may request an official transcript by writing to:
Student Records and Financial Services, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110 8th Street, Academy Hall
2000 Level, Troy, NY 12180-3590; request via Rensselaer's Web site:
www.rpi.edu/dept/srfs/transcripts.pdf , or fax the request to the Registrar's Office in Troy, New York, at
(518) 276-6180.
Former students/graduates of The Hartford Graduate Center's Biomedical Engineering, Health Care
Management, and Corporate Fellows programs may request an official copy of their transcript by writing
to the Office of the Registrar, Rensselaer at Hartford 275 Windsor Street, Hartford, CT 06120-2991
All requests for transcripts should include the student's full name, Social Security number, signature, and
the name and address of the recipient. The transcript will be mailed at no charge.
Note: Official transcripts bearing the seal of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will be issued only after all
financial obligations have been met.
Please note that transcripts submitted as part of the application process cannot be photocopied, faxed, or
given to the student. Students requiring these documents must, therefore, obtain these records directly
from their college or university.
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Department of Engineering and Science
Assistant Dean for Academic Programs: Houman Younessi, Ph.D.
Department Home Page: www.ewp.rpi.edu/hartford/academic/does/
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Computer Science
Information Technology
Engineering
Department of Engineering and Science
Computer Science
Computer Science Full-time Faculty
Faculty
Faculty
Position
Degree and Institution
Teaching
Area
Brown, Roger
H.
Lecturer
M.S.E.E., University of Illinois Networks,
Security
Eberbach,
Eugene
Professor of Practice
Ph.D., Warsaw University of
Technology
Younessi,
Houman
Professor of Practice and Assistant Dean for
Academic Programs
Ph.D. Swinburne University of Software
Technology (Australia)
Engineering
Research
Methods
Theoretical
Computer
Science, AI
and
Intelligent
Systems,
Database
Computer Science Adjunct Faculty
Adjunct Faculty
Position
Degree and Institution
Teaching Area
Clarke, David L.
Adjunct Professor
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Operating Systems,
Compiler Design
Kousen, Kenneth A.
Adjunct Professor
Ph.D., Princeton University
Java; Object-Oriented
Concepts, Analysis and
Design
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Madison, James
Adjunct Professor
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Software Engineering/IT
McCarthy, Charles F.
Adjunct Professor
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Mathematics
Stevens, Michael
Adjunct Professor
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Software Engineering/IT
Master of Science in Computer Science
Applicants are assumed to have knowledge of computer concepts and programming in a high-level
language (e.g., Java, C++). To receive the Master of Science Degree in Computer Science, students must
earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in Computer Science or Engineering courses and satisfy the following
requirements:
1) Plan of Study
Each student completes a Plan of Study in consultation with his or her advisor. This Plan will include
required immigration courses (if any), five core courses, Research Methods course, the Culminating
Experience (Computer Science Project) and three elective courses. At least two of the elective courses
should pertain to a specific area that reflects the student's professional or academic interest.
2) Immigration Courses
Depending on academic background and professional experience, some students may be required to begin
their studies with one or more prerequisite "immigration" course(s) beyond the standard 30 credit hours.
The immigration courses are:
CISH-4010 Discrete Mathematics and Computer Theory
CISH-4020 Object Structures
CISH-4030 Structured Computer Architecture
Students with two or more immigration courses as prerequisites may be admitted conditionally. Since
these are the equivalent of undergraduate courses, students are expected to achieve a grade of "B"or better
in each course. Achievement below this level is cause for reexamination of admission. In addition, these
immigration courses will not enter into the calculation of a student's GPA for graduation.
3) Core Courses (15 credits)
Each Plan of Study will contain the following five courses:
CSCI-4210 Operating Systems
CSCI-4380 Database Systems
CSCI-6050 Computability and Complexity
ECSE-4670 Computer Communication Networks
ECSE-6770 Software Engineering I
Research Methods Course (3 credits)
CISH-6960H09 Research Methods in Computer Science
Culminating Experience (3 credits)
CISH-6970 Professional Project (for students admitted after Summer 2004)
Computer Science and Other Elective (9 credits)
With the exception of the immigration courses, all courses with the designation CISH or CSCI and many
designated ECSE may be used as electives for the degree.
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4) Advanced Courses
At least 18 credit hours must be at the "advanced" level. All courses with suffix numbers 6000-6990 fall
into this category. These courses may include special topics courses which are offered under CISH or
CSCI-6960 Topics in Computer and Information Sciences, or ECSE-6960 Topics in Electrical
Engineering.
After completing course work in a particular area, students may elect to complete a six-credit Master's
Project (CISH or CSCI-6980) or Thesis (CISH or CSCI-6990) in that area.
5) Program Completion
Students will complete their program of study via one of two paths:
Applied Path:
CISH-6960 Research Methods
CISH-6970 Professional Project
Theory Path:
A Theory Course
Master's Thesis/Project
For More Information
Information concerning the Computer Science programs may be obtained by contacting Dr. Houman
Younessi at (860) 548-7880, (800) 290-7637, ext. 7880; e-mail: [email protected]; or by visiting
www.ewp.rpi.edu/does/.
Computer Science Graduate Certificate Programs
(Minimum of 12 Credit Hours)
The Computer Science Graduate Certificate Programs are designed with a selective focus and require that
a student successfully complete four graduate courses (twelve credit hours of which nine credit hours
must be in residence), with an average grade of "B" or better, in a specific area of Computer Science.
Credits earned in Graduate Certificates may be subsequently applied toward an M.S. degree as electives
with advisor's approval. Additional technical information about the Graduate Certificates can be obtained
from the Certificate Program Coordinators listed below. Graduate Certificates are offered in the following
four areas:
Computer Network Communications
ECSE-4670 Computer Communication Networks
Select any three of the following courses:
CISH-6210 Computer Network Analysis and Design
CISH-6220 LANs, MANs, and Internetworking
CISH-6230 Network Management
CISH-6960 Cryptography and Network Security
ECSE-6660 Broadband Networks and Optical Networking
Program Coordinator: Roger H. Brown, (860) 548-2462, (800) 290-7637 ext. 2462, or e-mail:
[email protected]
Database Systems
CSCI-4380 Database Systems
Select any three of the following courses:
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CSCI-6460 Advanced Database Management Topics
CISH-6110 Object-Oriented Database Systems
CISH-6120 Distributed Database Systems
CSCI-6960 Data Warehouse Systems
Program Coordinator: Houman Younessi, (860) 548-7880, (800) 290-7637 ext. 7880 or e-mail:
[email protected]
Information Systems
Required
ECSE-4670 Computer Communication Networks
CSCI-4380 Database Systems
COMM-6420 Foundations of Human-Computer Interaction Usability
Elective
ECSE-6770 Software Engineering I
or
CISH-6010 Object-Oriented Programming and Design
Program Coordinator: Roger H. Brown; (860) 548-2462, (800) 290-7637 ext. 2462, or e-mail:
[email protected]
Software Engineering
Required
ECSE-6770 Software Engineering I
CISH-6050 Software Engineering Management
Electives (Select any two of the following)
CISH-6010 Object-Oriented Programming and Design
CISH-6510 Web Application Design and Development
ECSE-6780 Software Engineering II
Program Coordinator: Houman Younessi, (860) 548-7880, (800)290-7637 ext. 7880, or e-mail:
[email protected]
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Department of Engineering and Science
Information Technology
Master of Science in Information Technology
Program Objective
The primary intent of the Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) program is to prepare
graduates for professional practice in information technology. Although the term "information
technology" may be subject to many interpretations, we consider it to mean "applied computer science."
Therefore, the program provides students with exposure to a practical application of technology within an
area of specialization. To this end, students will gain a broad exposure to technology by completing a set
of core courses and an in-depth exposure to the application of technology in a particular discipline
through courses in a student-selected application area.
Admission Requirements
Students enter the Master of Science in Information Technology program with diverse backgrounds.
Ideally, a student entering the program will have completed undergraduate courses which provide a
background in the following areas:
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Computer programming in a high-level procedural language (e.g., COBOL, C)
Computer programming in an object-oriented language (e.g., C++, Eiffel)
Data structures and algorithm design
Discrete mathematics
Student lacking a background in any of the above areas may need to take one or more of the following
immigration courses:
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CISH-4010 Discrete Mathematics and Computer Theory
CISH-4020 Object Structures
Academic Requirements
To meet the requirements for the MSIT, students must be formally admitted to the program and must
complete an approved Plan of Study that meets the following requirements:
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A minimum of 30 credits
A minimum of 18 credits of advanced graduate-level course work (6000-level courses)
Five core courses in Information Technology
A minimum of 12 credits in an approved Application Area (see below)
A culminating/integrating experience
An additional requirement is that no more than half of the credits used toward the MSIT degree be taken
from courses offered by the Lally School of Management and Technology. These courses have the prefix
"MGMT."
Core Courses
The core areas include database systems, telecommunications, software design, management of
technology, and human-computer interaction, or an approved substitution.
IT Core Area
Course Number and Name
Database Systems
CSCI-4380 Database Systems
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Telecommunications
ECSE-4670 Computer Communication Networks
Software Design
ECSE-6770 Software Engineering I
Management of Technology
MGMT-6810 Management of Technical Projects
Human Computer Interaction COMM-6420 Foundations of HCI Usability
(or approved substitution)
If a student is granted a waiver from any Core area, an additional elective course (approved by the
student's advisor) must be taken.
Application Areas
An in-depth experience in the application of information technology to a particular discipline is achieved
through courses in a student-selected application area. Because technology changes so rapidly, the
application of technology also changes frequently. The available application areas in the MSIT program
reflect these changes. Below is a list of application areas currently available to students attending
Rensselaer. To obtain an updated list and the course requirements, consult the IT Program home page,
www.ewp.rpi.edu/does/it_degree.html.
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Networking
Database Systems Design
Software Design
Management Information Systems
Networking
Requirements: IT Core course in Telecommunications, at least three of the following courses, plus a
culminating experience:
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ECSE-6660 Broadband Networks
CISH-6230 Network Management
CISH-6220 LANS, MANS, and Internetworking
CISH-6960 Cryptography and Network Security
Database Systems Design
Requirements: IT Core course in Database Systems plus at least three of the following plus a culminating
experience (maximum of 3 credits if Master's Project is chosen):
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CSCI-6460 Advanced Database Management Topics
CISH-6110 Object-Oriented Database Systems
CISH-6120 Distributed Database Systems
CISH-6960 Data Warehouse Systems
Software Design
Requirements: IT Core course in Software Design, at least three of the following courses, plus a
culminating experience:
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ECSE-6780 Software Engineering II
CISH-6010 Object-Oriented Programming and Design
CISH-6050 Software Engineering Management
CISH-6510 Web Application Design and Development
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Management Information Systems
Requirements: IT Core course in Management, at least three of the following courses, plus a culminating
experience:
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MGMT-6170 Advanced Systems Analysis and Design
MGMT-6180 Strategic IS Management
MGMT-6710 Designing, Developing, and Staffing High-Performance Organizations I
MGMT-6750 Legal Aspects of E-Business and Information Technology
Culminating Experience
The culminating experience may be satisfied by either of the following, depending on the application area
and the approval of adviser:
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Master's Project (ITEC-6980, 3-6 credits)
Computer Science Seminar (CISH-69002, 3 credits)
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Department of Engineering and Science
Engineering
Engineering - Full-time Faculty
Faculty
Position
Degree and Institution
Teaching Area
Bose, Sudha
Professor of Practice
Ph.D., University of
California
at Berkeley
Mechanical, Materials, and
Energy Engineering
Brown, Roger H.
Lecturer
M.S.E.E., University of
Illinois
Networks, Security
GutierrezMiravete,
Ernesto
Professor of Practice
Ph.D., Massachusetts
Institute of Technology
Modeling and Simulation
Metal Processing
Lemcoff,
Norberto O.
Professor of Practice
Ph.D., University of
London
Mechanical, Materials, and
Energy Engineering
Mesiya,
Mohammed F.
Professor of Practice
Ph.D., Queen's University
(Canada)
Communications,
Networks
Venkateswaran,
Venkat
Professor of Practice
Ph.D., Case Western
Reserve University
Mechanical Engineering
Younessi,
Houman
Professor of Practice and
Assistant Dean for
Academic Programs
Ph.D. Swinburne
University of Technology
(Australia)
Systems Engineering
Engineering - Adjunct Faculty
Adjunct
Faculty
Position
Degree and Institution
Teaching Area
Annigeri,
Balkrishna S.
Adjunct
Professor
Sc.D., Massachusetts Institute
of Technology
Applied Mechanics
Technology
Bak, Michael
Adjunct
Professor
Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Applied Mechanics
Bortoff, Scott A. Adjunct
Professor
Ph.D., University of Illinois
Control System Design,
Signals & Systems,
Embedded Systems
Brown, Kenneth Adjunct
W.
Professor
Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute
Finite Element Methods
Courtney,
Patrick J.
Adjunct
Professor
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute
Decision Sciences and
Engineering Systems
Dennis,
Anthony J.
Adjunct
Professor
Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Applied Mechanics
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Donachie,
Matthew J., Jr.
Adjunct
Professor
Sc.D., Massachusetts Institute
of Technology
Metallurgy
Marcin, John J.
Adjunct
Professor
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute
Metallurgy
Moon, Paul R.
Adjunct
Professor
Ph.D.E.E., University of Manitoba
DSP, Control Systems, Circuit
Design, Communication Systems
O’Gara, Edward Adjunct
M.
Professor
M.E., Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute
ECSE, Nuclear Power
Engineering
Petti, Joe
Adjunct
Professor
M.B.A., University of New Haven
Decision Sciences and
Engineering Systems
Quinn, Joseph
W.
Adjunct
Professor
M.S., Trinity College
DSP, Instrumentation
Measurement
Probability
Rosenthal,
Damon C.
Adjunct
Professor
M.S.C.S and M.B.A., Decision
Engineering Systems
Sciences and Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute
Staroselsky,
Alexander
Adjunct
Professor
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of
Technology
Mechanical Engineering
Foundations
Tew, David E.
Adjunct
Professor
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of
Technology
Theory of Potential
Flow, Turbulence
Torrani, Robert
Adjunct
Professor
M.S., Polytechnic Institute of
Brooklyn
Decision Sciences and
Engineering Systems
Wagner,
Timothy C.
Adjunct
Professor
Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute Radiation Heat
and State University
Transfer, Propulsion
Engineering
Rensselaer offers an engineering curricula designed to accommodate the evolving needs of the practicing
engineer. Each curriculum helps students establish and build on a solid theoretical base while allowing
them to practice their skills. This blend of academic excellence and industrial experience creates a unique
learning environment for engineering students at Rensselaer. Degree programs are offered in Mechanical
Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer and Systems Engineering, and Engineering Science
together with Graduate Certificate Programs in Control Systems and High-Temperature Materials
Engineering Degrees
Master of Engineering and Master of Science degrees are offered in selected engineering disciplines. The
Master of Engineering degrees require completion of a three credit project as a culminating experience
while Master of Science degree candidates must carry out research leading to a six credit thesis. Apart
from that, the curricula for both degrees are identical. The Master of Engineering degree is designed to
fulfill the needs of practicing engineers in industry while the Master of Science degree is for those
focused on a research career.
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The following engineering degrees are being awarded (click each to go to that section):
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M.Eng. in Computer and Systems Engineering
M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering
M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering
M.S. in Engineering Science
M.S. in Electrical Engineering
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Candidates for the master's degree must complete an advisor approved plan of study consisting of:
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At least 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree with cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher.
At least 18 of the total credit hours presented toward the degree must have the suffix numbers
6000-6990 or 7000-7990
At least 21 of the total credit hours presented towards the degree must be from courses taken
within the discipline.
A student may transfer credits for 2 graduate-level (equivalent to 6000 or 7000 level in the Rensselaer at
Hartford Catalog) courses (total of 6 credit hours) taken at an accredited graduate school with the grade(s)
of “B” or better. The transfer/waiver process must be approved by the faculty advisor and the Assistant
Dean for Academic Programs. Transfer courses must be relevant to the program of study being pursued
by the student at Rensselaer.
Students must prepare their Plan of Study together with their advisor and have it reviewed and approved
by the advisor and the program coordinator before completion of their fourth course. All the above
requirements must be completed within three years of admission.
Culminating Experience (Engineering Project/Engineering Thesis)
The culminating experience is a requirement for the master's degree in Connecticut. It may be fulfilled by
either of the following:
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Completing a three-credit-hour master's project along with 27 credit hours of appropriate course
work thus leading to the Master of Engineering degree.
Completing a six-credit-hour master's thesis along with 24 credit hours of appropriate course
work thus leading to the Master of Science degree.
Electrical Engineering
The Rensselaer at Hartford master's program in Electrical Engineering allows students to increase their
competence in a number of Electrical Engineering subjects, particularly in Digital Communications and
Signal Processing, Control Systems, and Communication Networks.
Admission Requirements
1. Students who have received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering
from an accredited institution, a GPA in the upper quartile, and some work experience in a hightechnology environment.
2. Students with a B.S. degree in another engineering discipline, mathematics, or physics may be
admitted subject to fulfillment of the following Electrical Engineering Background Requirements.
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Advanced Mathematics (i.e. Complex Variables, Laplace Transforms, Fourier Analysis,
Probability) (One term)
Electric Circuits (one term)
Electronic Circuits (two terms)
Signals and Systems (one term)
Digital Logic (one term)
Technical Design Elective (e.g., Communications Systems, Control Systems Engineering,
Computer Networks) (one term)
Students lacking any of the above courses must consult with their advisor to devise a plan for corrective
action.
Areas of Specialization
Students must include in their plan of study a sequence of three 6000 (or 7000) level courses in at least
one of the following areas of specialization:
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Digital Communications and Signal Processing
Control Systems
Communication Networks
Electrical Engineering Program Requirements
The Master's degree is awarded on successful completion of the following:
Required Core (15 credits)
ECSE-6510 Introduction to Stochastic Signals and Systems
ECSE-6400 Systems Analysis Techniques
ECSE-6560 Digital Communications Engineering
ECSE-6620 Digital Signal Processing
ECSE-6980 Engineering Project
Electives (15 credits)
ECSE-4440 Control Systems Engineering
ECSE-4490 Fundamental of Robotics
ECSE-4670 Computer Communication Networks
ECSE-4770 Computer Hardware Design
ECSE-6050 Advanced Electronic Circuits
ECSE-6410 Robotics and Automations Systems
ECSE-6420 Nonlinear Control Systems
ECSE-6440 Optimal Control Theory
ECSE-6460 Multivariable Control Systems
ECSE-6590 Wireless Communications and Networks
ECSE-6630 Digital Image and Video Processing
ECSE-6660 Broadband and Optical Networking
ECSE-6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering, LANs, MANs, and Internetworking
ECSE-6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering, Embedded Digital Control Systems
ECSE-6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering, Applied Digital Signal Processing
ECSE-6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics
ECSE-7010 Optical Fiber Communications
ECSE-7100 Real-Time Programming and Applications
ECSE-4960 Fundamentals of Signals and Systems
(prerequisite course – not credited towards M.S. or M.Eng. degree)
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Example Curricula for Three Areas of Specialization
Digital Communications and Signal Processing
ECSE-6510 Introduction to Stochastic Signals and Systems
ECSE-4670 Computer Communications Networks
ECSE-6400 Systems Analysis Techniques
ECSE-6560 Digital Communications Engineering
ECSE-6620 Digital Signal Processing
ECSE-6630 Digital Image and Video Processing
ECSE-6590 Wireless Communications and Networks
ECSE-7010 Optical Fiber Communications
ECSE-6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering, Applied Digital Signal Processing
ECSE-6980 Engineering Project
Control Systems
ECSE-4440 Control Systems Engineering
ECSE-4490 Fundamentals of Robotics
ECSE-6510 Introduction to Stochastic Signals and Systems
ECSE-6400 Systems Analysis Techniques
ECSE-6420 Nonlinear Control Systems
ECSE-6440 Optimal Control Theory
ECSE-6460 Multivariable Control Systems or ECSE-6960 Embedded Digital Control Systems
ECSE-6560 Digital Communications Engineering
ECSE-6620 Digital Signal Processing
ECSE-6980 Engineering Project
Communication Networks
ECSE-6510 Introduction to Stochastic Signals and Systems
ECSE-4670 Computer Communications Networks
ECSE-6400 Systems Analysis Techniques
ECSE-6560 Digital Communications Engineering
ECSE-6620 Digital Signal Processing
ECSE-6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering, LANs, MANs, and Internetworking
ECSE-6660 Broadband and Optical Networking
CISH-6230 Network Management or ECSE-6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering , Cryptography and
Network Security
ECSE-7010 Optical Fiber Communications
ECSE-6590 Wireless Communications and Networks
ECSE-6980 Engineering Project
M.S. in Electrical Engineering Program Requirements
The M.S. requirements are the same as those for the M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering, except for the
substitution of a 6-credit-hour thesis in place of one elective and the three-credit-hour project.
Please contact Professor Farooque Mesiya at [email protected] if you have any questions about the
Electrical Engineering program.
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Computer and Systems Engineering
The Master of Engineering in Computer and Systems Engineering provides the student with the
appropriate hardware and software tools needed in such critical areas as digital communications and
signal processing, robotics and automation systems, computer communication networks, and software
engineering.
Admission Requirements
1. Students who have received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or
Computer Science
2. Students with a B.S. degree in another engineering discipline, mathematics, or physics, subject to
the condition that the following essential prerequisites for their chosen area of specialization have
been completed:
Digital Communications and Signal Processing
ECSE-2010 Electrical Circuits
ECSE-2410 Signals and Systems (or ECSE-4960 Fundamentals of Signals and Systems)
ECSE-2610 Computer Components and Operations (or CISH-4030 Structured Computer Architecture)
Computer Communications Networks
ECSE-2010 Electrical Circuits
ECSE-2410 Signals and Systems (or ECSE-4960 Fundamentals of Signals and Systems)
ECSE-2610 Computer Components and Operations (or CISH-4030 Structured Computer Architecture)
Robotics and Automation Systems
ECSE-2010 Electrical Circuits
ECSE-2410 Signals and Systems (or ECSE-4960 Fundamentals of Signals and Systems)
ECSE-2610 Computer Components and Operations (or CISH-4030 Structured Computer Architecture)
Software Engineering
CSCI-1100 Computer Science I
ECSE-4960 Fundamentals of Signals and Systems
CSCI-2300 Data Structures and Algorithms (or CISH-4020 Object Structures)
ECSE-2610 Computer Components and Operations (or CISH-4030 Structured Computer Architecture)
Preparatory courses do not apply toward the minimum 30 credit hours required for the Master of
Engineering degree.
Areas of Specialization
Students must include in their plan of study a sequence of three 6000 or 7000 level courses in at least one
of the following areas of specialization:
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Digital Communications and Signal Processing
Robotics and Automation Systems
Computer Communication Networks
Software Engineering
M.Eng. in Computer and Systems Engineering Program Requirements
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Required Core (15 credits)
CSCI-4210 Operating Systems or ECSE-4440 Control Systems Engineering
ECSE-6510 Introduction to Stochastic Signals and Systems
ECSE-4670 Computer Communication Networks
ECSE-6620 Digital Signal Processing
ECSE-6980 Engineering Project
Electives (15 credits)
ECSE-4490 Fundamental of Robotics
ECSE-4770 Computer Hardware Design
ECSE-6050 Advanced Electronic Circuits
ECSE-6410 Robotics and Automations Systems
ECSE-6420 Nonlinear Control Systems
ECSE-6440 Optimal Control Theory
ECSE-6460 Multivariable Control Systems
ECSE-6560 Digital Communications Engineering
ECSE-6590 Wireless Communications and Networks
ECSE-6630 Digital Image and Video Processing
ECSE-6660 Broadband and Optical Networking
ECSE-6770 Software Engineering I
ECSE-6780 Software Engineering II
ECSE-6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering, LANs, MANs, and Internetworking
ECSE-6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering, Embedded Digital Control Systems
ECSE-6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering, Applied Digital Signal Processing
ECSE-6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering, Cryptography and Network Security
ECSE-6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics
ECSE-7010 Optical Fiber Communications
ECSE-7100 Real-Time Programming and Applications
CISH-6010 Object-Oriented Programming and Design
CISH-6050 Software Engineering Management
CISH-6320 GUI Building
CISH-6510 Web Application Design and Development
ECSE-4960 Fundamentals of Signals and Systems (prerequisite course – not credited towards M.S. or
M.Eng. degree)
Example Curricula for Four Areas of Specialization
Digital Communications and Signal Processing
ECSE-6510 Introduction to Stochastic Signals and Systems
ECSE-4670 Computer Communication Networks
ECSE-4440 Control Systems Engineering
ECSE-6400 Systems Analysis Techniques
ECSE-6560 Digital Communications Engineering
ECSE-6620 Digital Signal Processing
ECSE-6630 Digital Image and Video Processing or ECSE-6660 Broadband and Optical Networking
ECSE-7010 Optical Fiber Communications
ECSE-6590 Wireless Communications and Networks
ECSE-6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering, Applied Digital Signal Processing
ECSE-6980 Engineering Project
Robotics and Automation Systems
ECSE-4440 Control Systems Engineering
ECSE-4490 Fundamental of Robotics
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ECSE-6510 Introduction to Stochastic Signals and Systems
ECSE-4670 Computer Communication Networks
ECSE-6400 Systems Analysis Techniques
ECSE-6420 Nonlinear Control Systems
ECSE-6440 Optimal Control Theory
ECSE-6460 Multivariable Control Systems or ECSE-6960 Embedded Digital Control Systems
ECSE-6620 Digital Signal Processing
ECSE-6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics
ECSE-6980 Engineering Project
Computer Communication Networks
ECSE-6510 Introduction to Stochastic Signals and Systems
ECSE-4670 Computer Communication Networks
ECSE-6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering, LANs, MANs, and Internetworking
ECSE-4440 Control Systems Engineering
ECSE-6560 Digital Communications Engineering
ECSE-6620 Digital Signal Processing
ECSE-6660 Broadband and Optical Networking
CISH-6230 Network Management or ECSE-6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering, Cryptography and
Network Security
ECSE-7010 Optical Fiber Communications or ECSE-6590 Wireless Communications and Networks
ECSE-6980 Engineering Project
Software Engineering
ECSE-6510 Introduction to Stochastic Signals and Systems
CISH-4210 Operating Systems
ECSE-4670 Computer Communication Networks
ECSE-6620 Digital Signal Processing
ECSE-6770 Software Engineering I
ECSE-6780 Software Engineering II
CISH-6050 Software Engineering Management
CISH-6010 Object-Oriented Programming and Design
CISH-6230 GUI Building or CISH-6510 Web Application Design and Development
ECSE-6980 Engineering Project
Please contact Professor Farooque Mesiya at [email protected] if you have any questions about the
Computer and Systems Engineering program.
Engineering Science
The Master of Science in Engineering Science degree serves students whose educational needs do not
correspond to the standard professional engineering curricula. It allows students to tailor a plan of study
to their particular requirements. Each student's course of study is developed in close consultation with the
advisor to allow meaningful and strongly directed interdisciplinary approach.
The degree awarded in this area is not, nor is it intended to be, accredited for practice. Students entering
the Engineering Science program are expected to hold a Bachelor of Science degree in one of the
traditional engineering disciplines. Applicants not holding such degree must have evidence of coursework
in at least:
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Mathematics, through Ordinary Differential Equations (three terms or 12 credits)
Physics (two terms)
Chemistry and/or Engineering Materials (one term)
Mechanics (one term)
Electronics/Circuits (one term)
Probability and Statistics (one term)
Students lacking one or more of these courses are expected to take corrective action before entering the
Engineering Science program.
Please contact Professor Ernesto Gutierrez-Miravete at [email protected] if you have any questions about
the Engineering Science program.
Mechanical Engineering
The master's degrees in mechanical engineering allow the student to increase his or her competence in a
number of mechanical engineering subjects, or to specialize in depth in the areas of fluid mechanics, heat
transfer, mechanical design, solid mechanics, or thermodynamics.
Admission Requirements
1. Students who have received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from an accredited
institution, a GPA in the upper quartile, and some work experience in a high-technology
environment.
2. Students with a B.S. degree in another engineering discipline, mathematics, or physics may be
admitted subject to fulfillment of the following background requirements.
Mechanical Engineering Background Requirements
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Chemistry (one additional term)
Dynamics (one term)
Fluid Mechanics(one term)
Machine Design (one term)
Mechanisms (one term)
Statics (one term)
Strength of Materials (one term)
Heat Transfer (one term)
Thermodynamics (one term)
Students lacking any of the above courses must work closely with their advisor to devise a plan for
corrective action.
Mechanical Engineering Program Requirements
The Master's degree is awarded on successful completion of the following:
Required Core (15 credits)
MANE-5000 Advanced Engineering Mathematics I
MANE-7000 Advanced Engineering Mathematics II
MANE-5100 Mechanical Engineering Foundations I
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MANE-7100 Mechanical Engineering Foundations II
MANE-6980 Mechanical Engineering Project (Culminating Experience
Electives (15 credits)
In consultation with advisor, select five courses from a single or several specialty area(s).
Specialty Area: Solids
MANE-4240 Introduction to Finite Elements
MANE-4610 Vibrations
MANE-4650 Fracture Mechanics
MANE-6180 Mechanics of Composite Materials
MANE-6200 Plates and Shells
MANE-6960 Advanced Topics in Finite Element Analysis
Specialty Area: Fluids
MANE-4800 Boundary Layers and Heat Transfer
MANE-5060 Introduction to Compressible Flow
MANE-5080 Turbomachinery
MANE-6530 Turbulence
MANE-6550 Theory of Compressible Flow
MANE-6720 Computational Fluid Dynamics
Specialty Area: Thermal Systems
MANE-6540 Advanced Thermodynamics
MANE-6630 Conduction Heat Transfer
MANE-6640 Radiation Heat Transfer
MANE-6650 Convection Heat Transfer
MANE-6840 An Intro to Multiphase Flow and Heat Transfer
MANE-6830 Combustion
Specialty Area: Manufacturing and Materials
DSES-6110 Introduction to Applied Statistics
MTLE-4260 High Temperature Alloys
MTLE-6960 High Temperature Coatings Engineering
MTLE-7061 Casting and Joining Processes
Example Curricula for Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
Solid Mechanics Focus
MANE-5000 Advanced Math for Engineers I (4000-level)
MANE-5100 Foundations of Mechanical Engineering I (4000-level)
MANE-6180 Mechanics of Composite Materials
MANE-6200 Plates and Shells
MANE-6310 Non-linear Vibrations
MANE-6960 Advanced Topics in Finite Element Analysis
MANE-6980 Engineering Project
MANE-7000 Advanced Math for Engineers II (6000-level)
MANE-7100 Foundations of Mechanical Engineering II (6000-level)
Thermofluids Focus
MANE-4800 Boundary Layers and Heat Transfer
MANE-5000 Advanced Math for Engineers I (4000-level)
MANE-5100 Foundations of Mechanical Engineering I (4000-level)
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MANE-6630 Conduction Heat Transfer
MANE-6650 Convection Heat Transfer
MANE-6720 Computational Fluid Dynamics
MANE-6980 Engineering Project
MANE-7000 Advanced Math for Engineers II (6000-level)
MANE-7100 Foundations of Mechanical Engineering II (6000-level)
Computational Focus
DSES-6110 Introduction to Applied Statistics
MANE-4240 Introduction to Finite Elements
MANE-5000 Advanced Math for Engineers I (4000-level)
MANE-5100 Foundations of Mechanical Engineering I (4000-level)
MANE-6530 Turbulence
MANE-6720 Computational Fluid Dynamics
MANE-6980 Engineering Project
MANE-6960 Advanced Topics in Finite Element Analysis
MANE-7000 Advanced Math for Engineers II (6000-level)
MANE-7100 Foundations of Mechanical Engineering II (6000-level)
Manufacturing/Materials Focus
MANE-4240 Introduction to Finite Elements
MANE-4650 Fracture Mechanics
MTLE-4260 High Temperature Alloys
MANE-5000 Advanced Math for Engineers I (4000-level)
MANE-5100 Foundations of Mechanical Engineering I (4000-level)
MANE-6980 Engineering Project
MANE-7000 Advanced Math for Engineers II (6000-level)
MANE-7100 Foundations of Mechanical Engineering II (6000-level)
MTLE-6960 High Temperature Coatings Engineering
MTLE-7061 Casting and Joining Processes
Multidisciplinary Focus
DSES-6110 Introduction to Applied Statistics
MANE-4240 Introduction to Finite Elements
MANE-4800 Boundary Layers and Heat Transfer
MANE-5000 Advanced Math for Engineers I (4000-level)
MANE-5100 Foundations of Mechanical Engineering I (4000-level)
MANE-6540 Advanced Thermodynamics
MANE-6830 Combustion
MANE-6980 Engineering Project
MANE-7000 Advanced Math for Engineers II (6000-level)
MANE-7100 Foundations of Mechanical Engineering II (6000-level)
MTLE-4260 High Temperature Alloys
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering Program Requirements
The M.S. requirements are the same as those for the M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering, except for the
substitution of a 6-credit-hour thesis in place of one elective and the three-credit-hour project.
Please contact Professor Ernesto Gutierrez-Miravete at [email protected] if you have any questions about
the Mechanical Engineering program.
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Engineering Graduate Certificate Programs
For working professionals not seeking a complete Master's degree, Rensselaer's Graduate Certificate
Programs are tailored to enhance or update skills in a shorter period of time. They have a selective focus
and require that a student successfully complete three or four graduate courses in a specific area of
Engineering. With an advisor's approval, credits earned may be subsequently applied as electives toward
a Master's degree.
Graduate Certificate Program in Control Systems
Control systems are widely used in engineering to monitor the values of process variables by
measurement so as to make rational decisions about required corrective actions. Analysis and design of
control systems requires consideration of sensors, controllers, transmitters as well as auxiliary control and
hardware elements.
Rensselaer at Hartford offers a Graduate Certificate in Control Systems designed to provide an
understanding of control systems engineering, including the fundamental principles of control systems
and their application to real-life engineering problems.
Admission Requirements
1. Students who have received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or
Computer Science
2. Students with a B.S. degree in another engineering discipline, mathematics, or physics, subject to
the condition that the following essential prerequisites have been completed:
ECSE-2010 Electrical Circuits
ECSE-2410 Signals and Systems (or ECSE-4960 Fundamentals of Signals and Systems)
The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Control Systems is awarded upon successful completion
of the following courses:
Core Courses (6 credits):
ECSE-4440 Control Systems Engineering
ECSE-6400 Systems Analysis Techniques
Elective Courses (Any two, 6 credits)
ECSE-4490 Fundamentals of Robotics
ECSE-6420 Nonlinear Control Systems
ECSE-6440 Optimal Control Theory
ECSE-6460 Multivariable Control Systems
ECSE-6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering: Mechatronics
ECSE-6960 Special Topics in Electrical Engineering: Embedded Digital Control Systems
ECSE-6410 Robotics and Automations Systems
Academic credit earned from these courses can then be applied towards a Master's degree.
Please contact Professor Farooque Mesiya at [email protected] if you have any questions about the Control
Systems Certificate Program.
Graduate Certificate Program in High Temperature Materials
Materials used in the "hot zones" of propulsion and power generation systems must satisfy stringent
demands for integrity and performance. Materials exposed to these extreme environments exhibit
continuously evolving microstructures and this must be accounted for during the component design stage
of production.
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Rensselaer offers a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in High Temperature Materials designed to
provide an understanding of the properties of high temperature alloys as well as skills in improving those
properties by manipulating the material microstructure through processing.
The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in High Temperature Materials is awarded upon successful
completion of the following courses.
MTLE-4260 High Temperature Alloys (Superalloys)
MTLE-7061 Casting and Joining Processes for Superalloys
MTLE-6960 High Temperature Coatings Engineering
Academic credit earned from these courses can then be applied towards a Master's degree. Please contact
Professor Ernesto Gutierrez-Miravete at [email protected] if you have any questions about the Certificate of
Advanced Graduate Studies in High Temperature Materials.
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Lally School of Management and Technology
at Hartford
Assistant Dean for Academic Programs: Houman Younessi, Ph.D.
Area Coordinator: John Maleyeff, Ph.D.
Department Home Page
The primary purpose of the Lally School of Management and Technology is to educate business leaders
and professionals in the strategic use of technology to create corporate value and sustainable competitive
advantage in the global business environment. The mission of the Lally School is to develop technically
sophisticated business leaders who are prepared to guide their organizations in the integration of
technology for new products, new businesses, and new systems. The Lally School has a vision to be preeminent among educational institutions in integrating management and technology for innovation and
value creation. The values that the Lally School holds are:
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Dedication to the idea that management and technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship are
critical to improving the quality of life.
Vibrant relations with our business partners.
Rigor and relevance in intellectual contributions and business practice.
Highest standards of ethics, responsibility, and respect for individuals.
Creative solutions through interdisciplinary teamwork.
Commitment to serving our stakeholders.
The Lally School comprises two departments; one based in Hartford, Connecticut, and the other in Troy,
New York. The programs, degree requirements, and course offerings included in this section specifically
pertain to the Hartford department.
Faculty
Full-Time Faculty
The Lally School full-time faculty possess a broad range of academic and business experience. The
diverse backgrounds of the faculty help ensure that students receive high-quality academic experiences
that are also grounded in the practical realities of business. The faculty is focused on delivering an
educational experience that is relevant to the needs of full-time working professionals.
Faculty
Position
Degree & Institution
Teaching Area
Albright,
Robert R., II
Professor of
Practice
Ph.D., University of
Pittsburgh
Strategy, Organization, Marketing
Gingerella,
Louis W., Jr.
Lecturer
MBA, Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute
Accounting, Finance, Financial Management
Kelly,
Leonard J.
Professor of
Practice
Ph.D., University of
Connecticut
Decision and Information Sciences and
Operations
Maleyeff,
John
Professor of
Practice and
Area
Coordinator
Ph.D., University of
Massachusetts
Decision Science, Operations Management
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Peteros,
Randall G.
Professor of
Practice
J.D., Western New
Finance, Taxation, Business Law
England College School
of Law
Peters, Lael
Lecturer
Ph.D., Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute
Organizational Behavior and Information
Technology
Rainey,
David L.
Professor of
Practice
Ph.D., Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute
Technology, Innovation, Business Policy
Stodder,
James P.
Professor of
Practice
Ph.D., Yale University
Economics and Finance
Wall, Kevin
Lecturer
J.D., Suffolk University Accounting and Finance
Law School
Adjunct Faculty
The Lally School adjunct faculty includes leading business practitioners whose in-depth knowledge of
current business practices enhances student's learning experience. The current Rensselaer adjunct faculty
includes the following:
Adjunct
Faculty
Position
Degree & Institution
Araujo,
Robert J.
Adjunct
Professor
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and MBA, University of New
Haven
Ardito,
Mariyln
Adjunct
Professor
Ph.D., Fielding Institute
Bialecki,
Dennis M.
Adjunct
Professor
MBA, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Case, Mark
B.
Adjunct
Professor
Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
Courtney,
Patrick
Adjunct
Professor
MBA, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Dimodugno,
Louis
Adjunct
Professor
M.P.A., University of Oklahoma
Downe,
Edward D.
Adjunct
Professor
Ph.D., New School University
Harris, Dale
Adjunct
Professor
MBA, University of Hartford
Healy,
Timothy E.
Adjunct
Professor
MBA, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; M.A., University of
Washington
Kerr, James
M.
Adjunct
Professor
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Lagasse, Paul Adjunct
Professor
Sc.D., University of New Haven
Lally, Robert Adjunct
Professor
J.D., Western New England College
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Lamy,
Raymond
Adjunct
Professor
MBA, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Mutchler,
John
Adjunct
Professor
J.D., Quinnipiac University
O'Donovan,
Edward G.
Adjunct
Professor
MBA, University of Connecticut
Olynyk, John Adjunct
Paul
Professor
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Peterson,
Eric
Adjunct
Professor
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Petti, Joseph
Adjunct
Professor
MBA, University of New Haven
Resecartis,
Paul
Adjunct
Professor
Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Roy, Roland
O.
Adjunct
Professor
MBA, University of New Haven
Russell,
Susan
Adjunct
Professor
Ph.D., Fielding Institute
Sanderson,
Susan
Adjunct
Professor
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Shemenski,
Bob
Adjunct
Professor
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Stevens,
Michael
Adjunct
Professor
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Swarr,
Thomas E.
Adjunct
Professor
MBA, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Torrani,
Robert
Adjunct
Professor
M.S., Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn
Vidakovic,
Steven
Adjunct
Professor
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Webster,
Steven
Adjunct
Professor
M.S., Western New England College
Programs
The programs offered by the Lally School for the Education of Working Professionals at Rensselaer are
the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Master of Science (M.S.) in Management. Dual
degrees with the Department of Engineering and Science are also available. The M.S. in Management
program contains two different focal areas: Enterprise Management and Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
In its programs, the Lally School strives for a balance between theory and practice, and between rigor and
relevance. The programs place heavy emphasis on the application of knowledge through team-based
projects.
The Lally School and all its programs are based on three core principles:
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Technology and innovation are the primary lifeblood of the business enterprise and its
competitiveness in business and commerce.
Entrepreneurship and innovation involve the constant search for new and better ways of
achieving sustainable outcomes.
Management and leadership mean being on the leading edge of the changes in the business
environment and inspiring people within and outside the corporation to realize the vision and
passion of the organization.
Graduate Programs
Evening MBA
The Lally School offers an evening version of its full-time daytime (Troy, NY) MBA program which
focuses on innovation, globalization, and entrepreneurship. The evening MBA provides students the same
51-credit integrated learning experience of the daytime cohort in a convenient evening setting.
The Plan of Study includes:
Core Courses (33 Credit Hours)
MGMT-7740
Accounting for Reporting and Control
MGMT-6040
Creating and Managing an Enterprise I
MGMT-7730
Economics and Institutions
MGMT-6100
Statistics and Operations Management I
MGMT-7050
Design, Manufacturing, and Marketing I
MGMT-7060
Design, Manufacturing, and Marketing II
MGMT-6140
Information Systems for Management
MGMT-6060
Business Implications of Emerging Technologies I
MGMT-6020
Financial Management I
MGMT-6840
Practicum in Management
MGMT-7030
Strategy, Technology, and Competition I
Flex Core Courses (6 Credit Hours)
Choose from two of the following:
MGMT-7750
Global Business and Social Responsibility
MGMT-6080
Networks, Innovation, and Value Creation I
MGMT-xxxx
Ethical, Political, and Legal Context of Business
MGMT-6590
Commercializing Advanced Technologies
MGMT-6030
Financial Management II
Concentrations (12 Credit Hours)
Although electives may be chosen from multiple disciplines offered by the Lally School of Management
and Technology, concentrations are available for individuals who wish to pursue an in-depth study within
a specific discipline. Successful completion of four courses within the same subject area will award
students a concentration, demonstrating mastery in a certain field. Sample concentrations include:
• Technological Entrepreneurship
• Finance
• Information Systems and Operations Management
• Marketing and New Product Development
• Global Enterprise Management
Cohort MBA Program
In the Cohort MBA Program, students can earn an MBA degree in a 39-month period of accelerated
instruction. Classes are conducted one evening per week and every other Saturday, consisting of two
courses a term for four terms a year, designed to enhance cumulative skill building and learning.
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The accelerated schedule is designed to appeal to students with significant work experience who are
unable to attend classes during the week; who are interested in joining a group of mature students
attending classes and working and studying together; and who desire an opportunity to earn the MBA
degree at an accelerated pace. The objective is to form a diverse weekend class of broadly experienced
middle managers and professionals.
For more information concerning the Cohort MBA Program, contact Kristin E. Galligan at (860) 5487881; (800) 433-4723, ext. 7881; or email: [email protected]
Executive MBA (EMBA)
The Lally School offers an Executive MBA program for those individuals with at least six or more years
of work experience in a management capacity. The typical EMBA student is one who is both motivated to
assume senior management responsibility and willing to make a strong commitment to the program of
study.
Executive MBA classes are scheduled all day Friday and Saturday on alternating weekends over 16
months. Participants are expected to continue in their full-time employment and are encouraged to apply,
in their work environments, techniques and theories they learn as they progress through the program.
Upon successful completion of the program, the participant receives the Master’s of Business
Administration degree from Rensselaer, a degree that is fully accredited by the Association to Advance
Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.
The program curriculum has been carefully designed to achieve a logical sequencing and integration of
subjects. Students proceed through the program in a cohort and are assigned to small study groups. The
faculty team is experienced in executive education, as both tenured and clinical faculty collaborate in
delivering the program in a highly interactive mode.
Considering the growing importance of the global marketplace, the program features an international
residency. The residency entails an intensive eight-day module in a European or Asian Pacific venue
where students visit companies, meet government officials, and receive instruction on topics that cultivate
appreciation of doing business on a global scale.
The following courses make up the program curriculum:
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Organizational Design and Leadership Development
Business Economics
Accounting and Finance Basics
Ethics, Law, Governance and Social Responsibility
Managerial and Cost Accounting
Financial Management I
Leadership Development
The Macro Economy and Financial Institutions
Corporate Strategy
Using Data to Structure and Solve Problems
Operations Strategy
Strategic Use of IT
Managing the Enterprise in Global Political, Financial and Economic Environments
Leading Issues in Sustainability
Financial Management II
Negotiations
Decision-Making Under Uncertainty
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Developing and Managing the Innovation Function
Strategic Leadership
The Business Ecosystem
Monitoring and Exploiting Technological Change
Impact Project
Participants are challenged to tackle a large, complex problem and propose solutions that can
have an impact at a global level. Topics are integrative and ambitious, and are agreed upon by
students and involved faculty at the end of year one. Knowledge gained through first-year
coursework will be leveraged, as well as the learning opportunities provided during the
international residency, to address the problem.
International Residency and Special Guest Speakers
The International Residency will include visits to corporations, public enterprises, and other industrial
venues. While on site at these locations, formal discussions and informal engagements will be arranged
with executives representing a broad range of business and industry, including government infrastructure
and economic development, aerospace, and consumer products. While in Hartford, a number of expert
guest speakers will be invited to speak on contemporary and important topics related to the program’s
coverage.
Information concerning the Executive MBA may be obtained by contacting Christa A. Sterling at (860)
548-7842; (800) 433-4723, ext. 7842; or email: [email protected] .
Master of Science (M.S.) in Management
The M.S. in Management is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and capabilities to
be working professionals and technical managers in a functional area of organizations. It is intended for
students who want to acquire more expertise in a specialized area before they seek general management
skills and capabilities later in their careers. The educational objective is to provide a learning environment
that is centered on analysis, decision-making, and implementation.
The Master of Science in Management is a specialized program requiring a minimum of 30 credit hours
of graduate work and must:
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Focus on enterprise management or innovation and entrepreneurship. It must not be of a general
business nature. See below for a list of areas of concentrations.
Include the four core courses as defined below, four courses in an approved area of concentration,
one elective, and a culminating experience (CAPSTONE course). The program must meet the
requirements of the Graduate School. A Plan of Study must be approved by the Assistant Dean
for Academic Programs
Include a three-credit CAPSTONE course ordinarily completed in the final term, which is
satisfied by either: MGMT-6680 Strategy, Technology, and Global Competitive Advantage; or
MGMT-7980, CAPSTONE Project Course with the approval of a full-time faculty member. See
below for additional details.
The following is a typical ten-course M.S. program sequence. The four core courses are normally offered
every term.
Course Sequence
Management Core: Background in Key Areas of Management
MGMT-7740 Accounting for Reporting and Control
(Formerly MGMT-6190 Financial and Managerial Accounting)
MGMT-6040 Creating and Managing an Enterprise I
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(Formerly MGMT-6710 Designing, Developing, and Staffing HighPerformance Organizations I)
MGMT-6020 Financial Management I
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(Formerly MGMT-6310 Financial Management and Valuation of Firms)
MGMT-6050 Creating and Managing an Enterprise II
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Concentration: Four Courses in a Focused Area of Study (see below)
MGMT-xxxx Concentration Course #1
3
MGMT-xxxx Concentration Course #2
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MGMT-xxxx Concentration Course #3
3
MGMT-xxxx Concentration Course #4
3
MGMT-xxxx Elective Course
3
MGMT-xxxx CAPSTONE Course (MGMT-6680 or MGMT-7980)*
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TOTAL CREDITS 30
* See below for more information on CAPSTONE.
Management and Technology Concentrations
A Concentration is a 12-credit-hour (four-course) sequence of related course work that is required for the
M.S. in Management program (see above) but not required for the MBA. Neither the diploma nor the
transcript will specify a concentration. There are two main concentrations; Innovation and
Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise Management. Specific requirements for each concentration are
described below.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
This concentration has been designed for students who have an interest in technological innovation, new
product development, technological entrepreneurship, and new venture creation in established firms and
start-up companies. It prepares professionals in the strategic management of innovation and the
integration of the technical function with other corporate functions and goals.
Students must select four concentration courses pertaining to Innovation and Entrepreneurship:
MGMT-6060 Business Implications of Emerging Technologies I or MGMT-6610 Global Strategic
Management of Technological Innovation
MGMT-6600 Research and Development Management
MGMT-6620 Principles of Technological Entrepreneurship
MGMT-6630 Starting Up A New Venture
MGMT-6730 Technological Change and International Competitiveness
MGMT-6810 Management of Technical Projects
MGMT-7003 Sustainable Business Development
MGMT-7050 Developing Innovative New Products and Services I (or MGMT-6560 Managing New
Product Development)
MGMT-7060 Developing Innovative New Products II
Enterprise Management
This concentration has been designed for students who are interested in the integration of supply
networks, operations, marketing, finance, and management of information systems. It prepares students
for management careers at several different levels of product and service organizations by developing the
knowledge necessary to support and add value to the underlying strategic focus of a management system.
Students must select four concentration courses from one of the following areas of specialization:
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Operations Management
Executives in every kind of organization--large and small, private and public, for-profit and not-for-profit,
can utilize the tools delivered in this specialization to form high-level strategy and improve day-to-day
operations; to unlock the value of their data; to model complex systems; and to make better decisions with
less risk. The courses will help improve processes, productivity, and performance across the entire
business enterprise, whether its focus is service or production.
Select four courses from the following:
MGMT-6080 Networks, Innovation and Value Creation (or MGMT-7500 Managing Supply Networks)
MGMT-6100 Statistics and Operations Management I
MGMT-6110 Statistics and Operations Management II
MGMT-6450 Manufacturing Systems Management
MGMT-6470 Management of Quality, Processes, and Reliability
MGMT-6480 Service Operations Management
MGMT-6490 Competitive Advantage and Operations Strategy
Global Enterprise Management
This specialization explores the rapidly evolving managerial and technological environments which
students will encounter as professionals in a competitive global marketplace. Special emphasis is placed
on the following areas: multinational business environments, varying levels of technology, finance, trade
issues, politics, and cross-cultural dynamics.
Select four courses from the following:
MGMT-6080 Networks, Innovation and Value Creation (or MGMT-7500 Managing Supply Networks)
MGMT-6290 Macroeconomics and International Environments of Business
MGMT-6360 International Finance
MGMT-6390 International Operations (or MGMT-6350 International Business)
MGMT-6730 Technological Change and International Competitiveness
MGMT-7120 International Marketing
MGMT-7700 International Negotiations
MGMT-7710 Cultural Environment of International Business
Finance
This specialization prepares students for a career path in corporate finance functions and for careers in the
financial services industries. The special finance problems in high-tech industries are explored as well as
the impact of technology on financial markets and the financial manager in modern corporations. To
provide students with a broad finance background, students take four courses beyond the core financial
management courses (MGMT-6190 Financial and Managerial Accounting and MGMT-6310 Financial
Management and Valuation of Firms) which are prerequisites for the courses listed below:
Select four courses from the following:
MGMT-6030 Financial Management II (or MGMT-6380 Advanced Corporate Finance)
MGMT-6320 Investment Analysis I
MGMT-6330 Investment Analysis II
MGMT-6340 Financial Markets and Institutions
MGMT-6360 International Finance
MGMT-6400 Financial Econometrics Modeling
MGMT-6960 Taxation for Business and Investment
MGMT-7210 Acquisition and Venture Analysis
Management Information Systems
This specialization is designed for professionals responsible for achieving competitive advantage through
the integration of information technology into organizations. The specialization courses use an
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interdisciplinary approach to the practices and methodologies of systems analysis, design, development,
and integration and evaluation of information technology into business functions and processes.
Complete the following courses:
MGMT-6140 Information Systems Management
MGMT-6170 Advanced Systems Analysis and Design
MGMT-6180 Strategic Information System Management
MGMT-6750 Legal Aspects of E-Business and Information Technology
MGMT-6810 Management of Technical Projects
Dual Master's Programs
The dual degree option offers students the opportunity to receive two master's degrees (one in
management and the other in engineering, IT, or computer science) in a shorter period of time than if the
degrees were pursued independently. The objective is to combine technical expertise in information
technology, engineering, or computer science by obtaining an M.S. degree in one of these disciplines with
an M.S. in management or an MBA degree.
The dual MBA/M.S. option allows the student to complete both degrees by taking a total of 72 credit
hours (the MBA alone is 60 credits). The dual M.S./M.S. option allows the student to complete both
degrees by taking a total of 54 credit hours (the M.S. in management is 30 credits).
Upon acceptance to both programs, students confer with academic advisors in both disciplines to
determine their Plans of Study. The Plans of Study are submitted for both degree programs and separate
diplomas reflect a degree in each discipline.
Please contact your advisor for the name of the dual degree faculty coordinator.
The CAPSTONE Course Requirement
All students enrolled in the MBA and M.S. programs in the Lally School of Management and Technology
are required to complete a 3-credit CAPSTONE course. The CAPSTONE serves as an opportunity for
students to synthesize the body of knowledge gained during their course of study and is ordinarily
completed in the final term of the degree program.
CAPSTONE Course Requirement for the MBA Program
The CAPSTONE course requirement for the MBA program is satisfied by students taking the required
course MGMT-7030 Strategy, Technology, and Competition.
CAPSTONE Course Requirement for the M.S. Program
The CAPSTONE course requirement for the M.S. program can be satisfied by either:
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Leadership and Organizational Improvement.
Conducting an independent research project (MGMT-7980) with the approval of a full-time
faculty advisor. The independent research should result in a high-quality research paper that is
suitable for publication in a journal. Such efforts are to be separate and independent of course
work used to satisfy other M.S. program requirements.
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International Scholars Program (ISP)
An International Experience
The transition to the working world has become even more competitive and college graduates are taking
longer to find jobs that meet their credentials. To land the jobs best suited for them, college graduates
need that edge which will differentiate them and catch the attention of prospective employers.
Rensselaer’s International Scholars Program provides that edge with a one-year accelerated master’s
degree program which includes a ten-week summer term abroad.
Description
The Rensselaer International Scholar will earn an MBA or a master’s degree in Management, Engineering
Science, or Systems Engineering and Technology Management. The emphasis will be on global trade,
innovation, security, and competitiveness. Forty percent of the degree will be completed through a tenweek summer term abroad in Rome and Shanghai, immersing the students in those cities while providing
an intense learning experience centered around their business and economic cultures. They will meet and
be taught by world leaders in industry and visit major corporations in both cities. Also, they will be part
of a project team, gaining first-hand understanding of global business and advanced technology.
Curriculum
The summer term is the central focus of the International Scholars Program, with four courses completed
towards MBA, M.S., or M.E. degrees. The degree program is built around these four courses, and
students may begin their degree on three different start dates, all leading to a master’s degree completed
within a year. All students will be a part of the international summer term, regardless of when they begin
their master’s degree.
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Spring Start: January 2012
Summer Start: June 2012
The International Scholars Program summer term begins with an intensive academic retreat. The students
will then travel to Rome, Italy and spend four weeks there, studying, working on their team projects,
attending site visits and lectures from guest speakers, and most importantly, living. Those four weeks are
followed by another four in Shanghai, China. Once their time in Shanghai is complete, students will
return to Hartford for a week to finish the summer term.
ISP Summer Term
Begins: June 2012
Ends: August 2012
Schedule:
• Week 1: Intensive Academic Retreat
• Weeks 2-5: Rome, Italy
• Weeks 6-9: Shanghai, China
• Week 10: Rensselaer's Hartford, Connecticut Campus
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Courses:
ISP Enterprise Management
Course Name
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International Operations
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Global Business and Social Responsibility
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Macroeconomics and International Environments of
Business
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ISP Project
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Total Credits
12
ISP Energy Systems
Course Name
Credits
Introduction to Energy Technology and Technical Analysis
3
Energy Engineering
3
Sustainable Business Development
3
ISP Project (a project that integrates classroom studies with
international locations – the specific course name
designation depends on the degree sought)
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Total Credits
12
Graduate Certificate
Students who successfully complete the international summer term with a 3.0 or better GPA will be
awarded a Graduate Certificate. Students may apply for either the Graduate Certificate by itself or the full
degree program which includes the Graduate Certificate.
Contact Information
To learn more about ISP, please contact a Program Manager at (860) 548-5600; toll-free at (800) 4334723, ext. 5600; or visit: www.ewp.rpi.edu/isp.
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Course Descriptions
The course numbering system is alphanumeric beginning with a four-letter department name followed by
a dash, a three-digit course number, and a zero. All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.
Below are the four-letter subject codes arranged by schools. Click on each of the three disciplines to go to
its course descriptions.
Acronyms
COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES
CISH Computer and Information Sciences Hartford
CSCI Computer Science
COMM Communications
ENGINEERING
DSES Decision Sciences & Engineering Sciences
ECSE Electrical, Computer & Systems Engineering
MANE Mechanical, Aeronautical, Nuclear, and Engineering Physics
MTLE Materials Science and Engineering
MANAGEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY
MGMT Management
Course Descriptions
Computer and Information Sciences
The course numbering system is alphanumeric beginning with a four-letter department name followed by
a dash, a three-digit course number, and a zero. All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.
Below are the four-letter subject codes for Computer and Information Sciences.
Acronyms
CISH Computer and Information Sciences Hartford
CSCI Computer Science
COMM Communications
Suffix Numbers
4000-4990
Courses open for credit to both advanced undergraduate and graduate students
6000-6990
Courses designed for graduate credit
NOTE: Asterisk (*) denotes an "immigration" course which will not count towards the M.S. in Computer
Science, M.S. in Information Technology, or M.Eng. in Computer and Systems Engineering degrees. Such
courses may count towards other degrees but consult with you advisor before registering.
CISH
Computer and Information Sciences Hartford
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CISH-4010 Discrete Mathematics and Computer Theory*
Course covers foundations of discrete mathematics and fundamentals of computer theory. Topics include
propositional logic, truth tables, quantifiers, sets, set operations, sequences, complexity of algorithms,
divisibility, matrix manipulations, proofs, induction, recursion, counting and the pigeonhole principle,
permutations, combinations, repeated trials, expectation, relations (properties, representation,
equivalence, Warshall's algorithm), Boolean algebra, functions, logic gates, minimizing, Finite State
Machines, Turing machines, Regular expressions, context free grammars, language recognizers,
derivation trees, pushdown automata.
CISH-4020 Object Structures*
A study of object oriented software component design. This course introduces the object oriented
paradigm and its use in organizing software structures including arrays, stack, queues, lists, trees, graphs,
and recursion. Programming assignments require the use of an object oriented language. Prerequisite:
CISH-4010 or equivalent and knowledge of an imperative programming language (C, PASCAL, etc.).
CISH-4030 Structured Computer Architecture*
Introduction to computer architecture; the structure and function of a computer system consisting of
processors, memory, I/O modules, and its internal interconnections. Primary focus on the attributes of a
system visible to an assembly level programmer. Topics include: digital logic, VLSI components,
instruction sets, addressing schemes, memory hierarchy, cache and virtual memories, integer and floating
point arithmetic, control structures, buses, RISC vs CISC, multiprocessor and vector processing
(pipelining) organizations. Examples are drawn from contemporary (e.g. Intel Pentium, PowerPC)
microcomputers. Prerequisite: Undergraduate course in "Introduction to Computer Science."
CISH–4210 Operating Systems
Discussion of various aspects of computer operating systems design and implementation. Topics include
I/O programming, concurrent processes and synchronization problems, process management and
scheduling of processes, virtual memory management, device management, file systems, deadlock
problems, system calls, and interprocess communication. Programming projects are required.
Prerequisite: CISH-4020 and CISH-4030.
CISH–4380 Database Systems
Discussion of the state of practice in modern database systems with an emphasis on relational systems.
Topics include database design, database system architecture, SQL, normalization techniques, storage
structures, query processing, concurrency control, recovery, security, and new direction such as object
oriented and distributed database systems. Students gain hands-on experience with commercial database
systems and interface building tools. Programming projects are required. Prerequisite: CISH-4020 or
equivalent.
CISH-4940 Readings in Computer and Information Sciences
1 to 4 credit hours.
CISH-4960 Topics in Computer and Information Sciences
1 to 4 credit hours.
CISH-6010 Object Oriented Programming and Design
An introduction to the theory and practice of object oriented programming and design. Encapsulation,
inheritance, genericity, dynamic binding, and polymorphism. Students use these concepts to design and
implement a modest–sized system. One object oriented language (chosen by the instructor) is studied in
detail and required for the project. Other languages are covered briefly. Prerequisite: CISH-4210.
CISH-6050 Software Engineering Management
Introduction to the current issues in software engineering management. Topics include the origin of the
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software crisis, current state–of–the–practice, modeling the software engineering process, the relationship
of methods and tools to process, software validation, risk mitigation, and software engineering
economics. Prerequisite: CISH-4020.
CISH-6110 Object Oriented Database Systems
Presents concepts and architectures for support of objects in a database system. Emphasis is placed on
DBMS issues rather than application issues with discussions of issues related to the object oriented view
of data models, query languages, versioning evolution, authorization, transaction control, storage
management, indexing techniques, distributed data. Current object oriented and object-relational database
systems are reviewed and compared. A programming project or research paper may be required.
Prerequisites: CSCI–4380 and the object oriented portion of either CISH-4020 or CISH–6010.
CISH-6120 Distributed Database Systems
Examines client/server DBMS and considers how a client–server architecture can be used to implement
the requirements of a DDBMS. Topics include DDBMS taxonomies, case studies, design considerations,
transaction management, and global query optimization. Concludes with an examination of multidatabase
systems. Prerequisite: CSCI–4380.
CISH-6150 Artificial Intelligence and Heuristics
Survey of machine implementation of processes as foundation to thinking and perceiving. Modeling and
representation of knowledge. AI systems and languages, reasoning and problem solving. Current
literature is discussed. Applications are chosen from computer game playing programs, English dialogue,
theorem proving, computer vision, robot implementation, and automatic programming. Limitations and
performance of techniques. Certain topics are programmed. Prerequisite: CISH-4030.
CISH–6220 LANs, MANs, and Internetworking
Explores the current capabilities and trends in LANs and MANs with additional focus on issues of
internetworking network systems or subsets. Topics include: Topologies and transmission media, Local
and Metropolitan Area Network (LAN and MAN) architectures and performance. LAN standards IEEE
802.x, and ANSI Standard FDDI. Circuit switched local area networks, e.g., ATM, Fibre Channel.
Internetworking alternatives, bridges, network switches, routers and gateways. General LAN management
tools. Prerequisite: ECSE–4670 or equivalent.
CISH–6230 Network Management
Introduction to methods, techniques and tools for the management of telecommunication systems and
networks. Major topics covered in the course are: Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMPv2,
SNMPv3), Remote Monitoring (RMON1, RMON2), Standard Management Information (MIBs), and
Telecommunications Management (TMN, CMIS/SMIP); configuration and name management, fault and
performance management, security, accounting management; and web-based network management.
Prerequisite: ECSE–4670 or equivalent basic concept computer and communication networks course.
CISH–6510 Web Application Design and Development
Students will learn approaches to the design, development, and maintenance of Web Sites. Students will
study software and information architectures for the Web, design techniques for distributed Web-based
applications, and methods and tools for the creation and maintenance of Web sites. Study will encompass
the major components of a Web site including browsers and client applications, Internet protocols that
link client to server, and server applications. Issues of performance, security, and usability will be
examined. Prerequisite: CISH-4020 or CSCI-2300. Prior experience with HTML and Java. ECSE-4670
and CSCI-4380 recommended.
CISH–6900 Computer Science Seminar
For students following the Applied path, who are near the end of their program, a two-term course that
meets once per month from September through March and one Saturday in April when students give their
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presentations. Registration is accepted during Fall registration only. Students are required to attend all
eight meetings in order to fulfill the Seminar requirement. 1 credit hour.
CISH–6940 Readings in Computer and Information Sciences
1 to 3 credit hours.
CISH–6960 Topics in Computer and Information Sciences
Contact the Department of Engineering and Science for descriptions of recently offered special topic
classes.
1 to 3 credit hours.
CISH-6960 Topics in Computer Science: Artificial Intelligence and Heuristics
Survey of machine implementation of processes as foundation to thinking and perceiving. Modeling and
representation of knowledge. A.I. systems and languages, reasoning and problem solving. Current
literature is discussed. Applications are chosen from computer game playing programs, English dialogue,
theorem proving, computer vision, robot implementation, and automatic programming. Limitations and
performance of techniques. Certain topics are programmed. Prerequisite: CISH-4030.
CISH-6960 Topics in Computer Science: Bioinformatics
Bioinformatics (computational molecular biology) is a relatively new discipline, bringing together
computational, statistical, experimental, and technological methods, which is energizing and dramatically
accelerating the discovery of new technologies and tools for molecular biology. The solutions of
bioinformatics problems very often require searching through very large search spaces. Bioinformatics
applies computer science techniques to solve crucial problems in biology and medicine, on the other
hand, the related area of DNA-based computing uses biological techniques to solve hard computational
problems in computer science. Typical tasks done in bioinformatics include inferring a protein’s shape
and function from a given sequence of amino acids, finding all the genes and proteins in a given genome,
determining sites in the protein structure where drug molecules can be attached.
CISH-6960 Topics in Computer Science: Cryptography and Network Security
Principles of number theory and the practice of network security and cryptographic algorithms. Topics
include: Primes, random numbers, modular arithmetic and discrete logarithms. Conventional or
symmetric encryption (DES, IDEA, Blowfish, Twofish, Rijndael) and public key or asymmetric
encryption (RSA, Diffie-Hellman), hash functions (MD5, SHA-1, RIPEMD-160, HMAC), digital
signatures, certificates and authentication protocols (X.509, DSS, Kerberos), electronic mail security
(PGP, S/MIME), web security and protocols for secure electronic commerce (IPSec, SSL, TLS, SET).
Prerequisite: ECSE-4670 or permission of the instructor.
CISH-6960 Topics in Computer Science: Evolutionary Computation
The purpose of this course is to learn the foundations, techniques and rich applications of evolutionary
computation - a powerful new sub-area of computer science, inspired and based on natural evolution, and
targeting real-world intractable problems. The course will deal with a form of evolution, called
Evolutionary Algorithms that takes place in a computer. In evolutionary algorithms, selection operates on
population of individuals, called chromosomes, and stored in a computer's memory. They are evolved
using mutation and crossover in much the same way that natural populations evolve. This form of
computation is called Evolutionary Computation.
CISH-6960 Topics in Computer Science: New Horizons in Computer Architecture and Networks
A course that examines the current state of the art and future technological growth in computers
(mainframes to microprocessors), memory, information display, and the growth of data/voice/video
communication networks (wired and wireless). What are the current limits of technologies and what
breakthroughs are needed to reach the next plateau. What technologies are on the horizon and what will it
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mean to current and future IT systems and applications. Successful completion of this course may lead to
additional 3-credit projects.
CISH-6960- Topics in Computer Science: Data Warehouse Systems
Moving large volumes of data to a centralized, integrated, subject-oriented environment with high
granularity and extensive history is studied. Dimensional modeling is covered using specific techniques
applied to case studies from industry. The recurring patterns and process that apply across the many subsystems of the warehouse are examined. Connections to advanced analytics, data mining, and business
intelligence are reviewed. The non-technical challenges of building a massive, shared environment are
discussed throughout. Prerequisite: CISH-4380 or strong relational database experience.
CISH-6960 Developing Enterprise Applications
Discussion of the architecture, design, and implementation of modern multi-tiered applications. Students
will develop components that can be installed in containers provided by application servers, and learn
how to access container-managed services like persistence, security, and distributed transactions.
Asynchronous messaging through the use of message queues and topics will also be discussed. Web
services and service oriented architectures will be examined as an integration mechanism for leveraging
existing systems. Common design patterns will also be evaluated for large-scale system development. The
course will use the Java 2 Enterprise Edition as an example of available API's and reference
implementations. Prerequisite: CISH-6510 or equivalent Java experience.
CISH-6960 Topics in Computer Science-Evolutionary Computation
The purpose of this course is to learn the foundations, techniques and rich applications of evolutionary
computation - a powerful new sub-area of computer science, inspired and based on natural evolution, and
targeting real-world intractable problems. The course will deal with a form of evolution, called
Evolutionary Algorithms that takes place in a computer. In evolutionary algorithms, selection operates on
population of individuals, called chromosomes, and stored in a computer's memory. They are evolved
using mutation and crossover in much the same way that natural populations evolve. This form of
computation is called Evolutionary Computation.
CISH–6960H09 Research Methods
Course will review the major considerations and tasks involved in conducting scientific research,
particularly in the area of computer science. It introduces the essential aspects of designing, supporting
and conducting a research project. Those who successfully complete the course will be able to: produce a
well-developed research proposal; select an appropriate methodology with which to conduct the research
and defend the methodology of their selection; understand the various tasks required to carry out the
research; find the resources needed to guide them through the research process and the documentation of
its findings.
CISH–6961 Ethics and Computer Science in the Information Age
Computers and high-speed communication networks are transforming our world. Although these
technologies have brought us many benefits, they have also raised many social and ethical concerns. A
thoughtful response to information technology requires a basic understanding of its history, an awareness
of current information-technology-related issues, and a familiarity with ethics. Besides an introduction to
ethics, this course will discuss such topics as: intellectual property (software patents vs. open source
software), Digital Rights Management (file sharing of copyrighted material vs. fair use), privacy and civil
liberties, risks and liabilities of computer-based systems.
CISH–6970 Professional Project
Active participation in a term-long project, under the supervision of a faculty advisor. A Professional
Project often serves as a culminating experience for a Professional Master's program but, with
departmental or school approval, can be used to fulfill other program requirements. With approval,
students may register for more than one Professional Project. Professional Projects must result in
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documentation established by each department or school but are not submitted to the Graduate School and
are not archived in the library. Grades of A, B, C, or F are assigned by the faculty advisor at the end of the
term. If not completed on time, a formal Incomplete grade may be assigned by the faculty advisor, listing
the work remaining to be completed and the time limit for completing this work.
CISH–6980 Master's Project
Details may be obtained from the Department of Engineering and Science. 3 to 6 credit hours.
CISH–6990 Master's Thesis
Details may be obtained from the Department of Engineering and Science. 3 to 6 credit hours.
CSCI
Computer Science
CSCI–6050 Computability and Complexity
This course discusses modern concepts of computability and computational complexity theories. The
Church-Turing thesis. Variations of Turing Machines; Algorithms; Decidability; the Halting Problem;
Reducibility; The Recursion theorem; The Concept of Information; the Time and Space Complexity;
Intractability; NP completeness and Cook's theorem; Elements of Cryptography. Prerequisite: CISH4010.
CSCI–6210 Design and Analysis of Algorithm
Theoretical and empirical analysis of algorithms; tools for on–line monitoring of the algorithm's
performance. Advanced algorithms for polynomial problems; randomized heuristic and approximate
algorithms. Problems include computation in discrete mathematics, number theory, linear algebra, graph
theory, numerical and symbolic computing. It is suggested that students take CSCI–6050 before taking
this course.
CSCI-6390 Database Mining
This course will provide an introductory survey of the main topics in data mining and knowledge
discovery in databases (KDD), including: classification, clustering, association rules, sequence mining,
similarity search, deviation detection, and so on. Emphasis will be on the algorithmic and system issues in
KDD, as well as on applications such as Web mining, multimedia mining, bioinformatics, geographical
information systems, etc.
CSCI–6460 Advanced Database Management Topics
Continuation of CSCI–4380/CSCI-4380, presents a more theoretical approach to logical and physical
database design. Algorithms for logical database design, primary and secondary indexing techniques,
query processing and query optimization, and database security. Problems of interfacing a database
system with an operating system, and some of the issues in implementing distributed database systems.
Much of the material comes from recent research papers. A term paper may be required. Prerequisite:
CSCI–4380 or CISH-4380.
CSCI-6480-Theory of Compiler Design
Use of language theory and automata theory in the design of compilers. Syntax-directed compilers,
Lexical analysis, computer implementation and finite state machines. Syntax analysis, parsing versus
restructuring. Top-down and bottom-up parsing algorithms. TD(k) and LR(k) grammars. The Younges
algorithm. Syntax-directed transducers. Prerequisites: CISH 4010 and CISH 4210. Knowledge of
PASCAL, C or LISP.
CSCI–6940 Readings in Computer Science
1 to 3 credit hours.
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CSCI–6960 Topics in Computer and Information Sciences
Contact the Department of Engineering and Science for descriptions of recently offered special topic
classes. 1 to 3 credit hours.
COMM
Communications
COMM–6420 Foundations of Human-Computer Interaction Usability
In this course, we will consider methods for gathering users' requirements for product functions and
information, ways to test products and information for usability and suitability, and procedures for
incorporating the results learned through testing. We will design and conduct usability tests on products,
documents, and interfaces of interest.
Course Descriptions
Engineering
The course numbering system is alphanumeric beginning with a four-letter department name followed by
a dash, a three-digit course number, and a zero. All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.
Below are the four-letter subject codes for Engineering.
Acronyms
DSES Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems
ECSE Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering
MANE Mechanical, Aeronautical, Nuclear, and Engineering Physics
MTLE Materials Science and Engineering
Suffix Numbers
4000-4990 Courses open for credit to both advanced undergraduate and graduate students
5000-5990 Courses offered only at Rensselaer Hartford Campus for graduate credit
6000-6990 Courses designed for graduate credit
7000-7990 Courses offered only at Rensselaer Hartford Campus for graduate credit
Groton courses are scheduled term by term in consultation with students.
DSES Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems
DSES-6070 Statistical Methods for Reliability Engineering
Statistical methods for the analysis of life-test, failure, or other durational data. Engineering applications
are emphasized, but the methods are applicable to biometric, actuarial, and social science durational data.
Included are basic reliability concepts and definitions; statistical life and failure distributions such as the
exponential, gamma, Weibull, normal, lognormal, and extreme value; probability and hazard plotting
techniques; maximum likelihood and other estimation methods. Prerequisite: DSES-6110.
DSES–6110 Introduction to Applied Statistics
A graduate course in basic statistics. It stresses common tasks such as summarizing large databases,
making quick estimates, establishing relationships among variables, forecasting, and evaluating
alternatives. Topics include probability; common, discrete, and continuous distributions; sampling;
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confidence intervals; hypothesis tests; contingency tables; statistical process control; and multiple
regression analysis. It involves extensive use of computers for the analysis of data sets.
DSES-6230 Quality Control and Reliability
Topics include basic concepts of system and component reliability; statistical distributions such as the
exponential, gamma, Weibull, and lognormal, important in the description of life and failure phenomena;
and the graphical and quantitative analysis of complete and censored life-testing and failure data.
Prerequisite: DSES-6110.
ECSE Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
ECSE–4440 Control Systems Engineering
Application of linear feedback theory to the analysis of large–scale, integrated control systems.
Derivation of complex mathematical models of physical systems. Synthesis thesis of appropriate control
laws to provide stability of these plants. Simulation of complex control systems on digital computers.
Prerequisite: ECSE-4960.
ECSE–4490 Fundamentals of Robotics
A survey of the fundamental issues necessary for the design, analysis, control and implementation of
robotic systems. The mathematical description of robot manipulators in terms of kinematics and
dynamics. Hardware components of a typical robot arm. Path following, control, and sensing. Examples
of several currently available manipulators. Electrical and Mechanical Engineering majors at Rensselaer
in Troy have taken this course. Prerequisite: ECSE-2410.
ECSE–4500 Probability for Engineering Applications
Axioms of probability, joint and conditional probability, random variables, probability density and
distribution functions, functions of random variables, statistical average, and Markov chains. Applications
to such areas as sampling, reliability, statistical physics, and information theory. Prerequisite: ECSE2410.
ECSE–4670 Computer Communication Networks
Problems, solutions, and limitations associated with interconnecting computers by communication
networks. The seven layer ISO reference model of open systems interconnection (OSI) serves as a
framework. Topics include: physical layer standards, data link protocols, queuing models, routing,
satellite communications, local area networks, multiplexing, coding, and network configurations.
Prerequisite: CISH–4010 or equivalent.
ECSE–4770 Computer Hardware Design
Digital design methodologies including timing chain and counter based "hardwired" microprogram
design, modules, and modular design. The course bridges LSI and MSI design treating microprocessors,
and I/O interfacing. Bus protocol standards, interrupts, direct memory access, priority arbitration,
asynchronous timing, and overlap or double buffering. Specific examples of design include controllers for
disks, Cassettes, video systems, and stepping motors. Course includes a laboratory with access to LSI-11
and M6800 microprocessors. Prerequisite: ECSE-2610 or CISH-4030.
ESCE-4960 Fundamentals of Signals and Systems
(Formerly ECSE-4960-Linear Systems Analysis)
This course delivers a comprehensive introduction to continuous- and discrete-time signals and systems.
The extensive use of MATLAB in the course is intended to develop the fluency required for graduate
level engineering courses. Material covered includes time- and frequency-domain representation of
continuous- and discrete-time signals. Time-domain analysis of continuous and discrete-time systems.
Laplace transform and its use in the analysis of continuous-time systems. Transfer function, poles and
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zeros. Continuous Fourier series and transform. Discrete Fourier transforms. Sampling and aliasing.
Frequency domain analysis of continuous and discrete-time systems. Frequency response of the systems
and filter concepts. Discrete-time system analysis using the z transform. Introduction to Digital filters.
ECSE–5010 Instrumentation and Measurement
Complete survey of current instrumentation technology. Mathematical development of ideal first and
second order instruments. Expands to cover temperature, pressure, flow, and motion measurements. Basic
measurement statistical and error analysis techniques. Prerequisite: ECSE-4960.
ECSE–6050 Advanced Electronic Circuits
Design and analysis of wideband amplifiers, differential amplifiers, and operational amplifiers; the
characteristics of op-amps and their use as linear and non-linear elements, including compensation
techniques; regulated power supplies. Prerequisite: ECSE-2050 or an undergraduate course in analog
electronics.
ECSE–6400 Systems Analysis Techniques
Methods of analysis for continuous and discrete–time linear systems. Convolution, classical solution of
dynamic equations, transforms, and matrices. Emphasis on the concept of state space. Linear spaces
concept of state, modes, controllability, observability, state transition matrix. State variable feedback,
compensation, decoupling. Prerequisite: ECSE-4960.
ECSE–6410 Robotics and Automation Systems
Methods of design and operation of general purpose and industrial manipulator systems. Kinematic and
dynamic models of mechanical arms. Arm control through coordinate transformations, feedback, and
microcomputers. Hardware components. Computer software and languages. Robotic vision and sensors.
A unified theory for hierarchically intelligent control, and its application to advanced automation and to
the industry of the future. Prerequisites: ECSE-6400, ECSE-4490 desirable.
ECSE–6420 Nonlinear Control Systems
Phenomena peculiar to nonlinear systems. Linearization, iteration, and perturbation procedures.
Describing function stability analysis. Phase plane methods. Poincare's theorems. Relaxation oscillations
and limit cycles. Stability analysis by Lyapunov's method. Popov's theorem. Prerequisite: ECSE-6400.
ECSE–6440 Optimal Control Theory
Optimal control from the Calculus of Variations point of view. Continuous and discrete variational
calculus, discrete and continuous minimum principle. Other topics include: singular control, minimum
fuel problems, numerical methods for non–linear optimal control, solutions to Riccati equations,
sensitivity in optimal control, and observers. Prerequisite: ECSE–6400.
ECSE–6460 Multivariable Control Systems
Advanced course in the synthesis and analysis of linear multivariable control systems. Topics include:
output feedback, reduced–order modeling and control, disturbance accommodation and counteraction
pole–zero relocation via feedback, decoupling, vector frequency domain methods, decentralized control,
numerical methods for controller syntheses. Emphasizes contemporary approaches to feedback controller
design and connections between time and frequency domain methods. Material from technical journals
and textbooks. Computer design problems. Prerequisite: ECSE–6400 and ECSE-6440.
ECSE-6510 Introduction to Stochastic Signals and Systems
Deterministic signal representations and analysis, introduction to random processes and spectral analysis,
correlation function and power spectral density of stationary processes, noise mechanisms, the Gaussian
and Poisson processes. Markov processes, the analysis of linear and nonlinear systems with random
inputs, stochastic signal representations, orthogonal expansions, the Karhunen-Loeve series, channel
characterization, introduction to signal detection, linear mean-square filtering, the orthogonality principle,
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optimum Wiener and Kalman filtering, modulation theory, and systems analysis. Prerequisite: ECSE4960, undergraduate course in Probability.
ECSE–6560 Digital Communications Engineering
Functional characterization of digital signals and transmission facilities, band–limited and duration–
limited signals, modulation and demodulation techniques for digital signals, error probability, intersymbol
interference and its effects, equalization and optimization of baseband binary and M–ary signaling
systems, error control coding techniques, digital filtering current practices in modern design. Introduction
to communication networks and switched systems, store–and–forward communication systems,
broadband communication techniques, channel protocol, current developments in digital communication
systems design and operation. Prerequisite: ECSE-6510.
ECSE–6590 Principles of Wireless Communications
Course presents a unified treatment of all wireless networks -- from cellular, WLANs to 3G. Principles of
air interface design are covered which include characterization of the wireless channel, transmission
techniques for the PHY layer, and multiple access alternatives applied to wireless networks. Wireless
network design fundamentals including channel allocation techniques, cellular concepts, architectural
methods used for expansion of the network, mobility management, radio resources and power
management. Implementation of cellular telephone and mobile data networks based on TDMA/GSM and
CDMA technologies. Wideband local access technologies: EEE 802.11 WLAN standards. Discussion of
developments towards IMT-2000 3G standards, including W-CDMA and CDMA2000. Prerequisites:
ECSE-6510 or ECSE-6560 and ECSE-4670.
ECSE–6620 Digital Signal Processing
Comprehensive treatment of the theory, design, and implementation of digital signal processing
structures. Sampling, quantization and reconstruction process. Design of digital filters in both time and
frequency domains. Analysis of finite word length effects. Theory and applications of discrete Fourier
transforms and the FFT algorithm. Applications from the communication, control, and radar signal
processing areas.
Prerequisite: ECSE-4960.
ECSE–6630 Digital Image and Video Processing
Theory of multidimensional signal processing and its application to digital image and video processing.
The first half will cover signals and systems, Fourier transform, z-transform, discrete Fourier transform,
FIR and IIR filters and their design. The emphasis will be on the unexpected and important differences
from the one-dimensional case. The second half consists of applications in image and video signal
processing, e.g., compression coding, noise reduction, motion estimation, deblurring, and restoration.
Prerequisites: ECSE-6620.
ECSE–6660 Broadband and Multimedia Networking
Review of fundamental concepts and protocols for broadband and multimedia networking. The course
addresses various traffic management techniques for providing QoS in ubiquitous TCP/IP networks.
These include traffic classification and conditioning, packet scheduling, buffer management, and
congestion control. Both differential services and integrated services models of the Internet are discussed.
Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) as the next generation QoS enabled network platform is then
presented. The course provides detailed coverage of Internet multimedia protocol architecture that
supports real-time delivery of multimedia information. Protocols for real-time interactive applications are
considered in detail, including RTP, RTCP and SIP including SIP based implementation of Voice over IP
telephony (VoIP). The course concludes with the study of ATM networks and technology options for
broadband access and transport. Prerequisite: ECSE-4670, ECSE-6510.
ECSE–6770 Software Engineering I
Engineering approach to the development of large programming projects. Successive steps of
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requirements analysis, specification, design (e.g., –down modularization), coding (e.g., structured
programming), debugging, testing, maintenance, and thorough documentation, as illustrated by examples
and papers from current literature. Team project is required. Prerequisites: CISH-4020.
ECSE–6780 Software Engineering II
(Continuation of ECSE–6770)
Current techniques in software engineering with topics selected from portability, security, public key
cryptosystems, legal protection of software, reliable software, management of large projects, charging for
computing resources, and source–to–source transformations for optimization. Prerequisite: ECSE–6770.
ECSE–6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering
ECSE–6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering
Applied Digital Signal Processing
DSP chip architecture. Implementing signal processing algorithms on a DSP chip; Fixed point
implementations and DSP programming. DSP software development tools, code optimization. Take
several algorithms from a high level implementation such as MATLAB to a low level implementation on
a DSP chip using C programming. Students will complete a design project(s) on a commercially available
DSP board. Prerequisites: ECSE-6620, knowledge of C language and MATLAB programming is
required.
ECSE–6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering
Cryptography and Network Security
Principles of number theory and the practice of network security and cryptographic algorithms. Topics
include: Primes, random numbers, modular arithmetic and discrete logarithms. Conventional or
symmetric encryption (DES, IDEA, Blowfish, Twofish, Rijndael) and public key or asymmetric
encryption (RSA, Diffie-Hellman), hash functions (MD5, SHA1, RIPEMD-160, HMAC), digital
signatures, certificates and authentication protocols (X.509, DSS, Kerberos), electronic mail security
(PGP, S/MIME), web security and protocols for secure electronic commerce (IPSec, SSL, TLS, SET).
Prerequisite: ECSE-4670 or permission of the instructor.
ECSE–6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering
Embedded Digital Control Systems
Course focuses on the design of an embedded digital controller that can be relied upon in situations where
the systems's response to external events must be both timely and accurate in real time. The course will
cover the following:
(i) Design of a digital controller and its implementation as a real time system using lab equipment
(microcontrollers, Lap Pack) and embedded Linux or a commercial available Real Time Operating
System (RTOS).
(ii) Development of digital controllers (using finite states) to control systems with discrete states or
discrete operating modes. Modeling of systems will be done on examples from industries such as
automotive, chemical, communication and robotics.
(iii)Interaction and cooperation of analog and digital systems. Design of fail-safe systems for use in
safety-critical situations. Prerequisite: ECSE-2410; ECSE-4440 desirable.
ECSE–6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering
Mechatronics
Mechatronics, as an engineering discipline, is the synergistic combination of mechanical engineering,
electronics, control engineering, and computers, all integrated through the design process. It involves the
application of complex decision making to the operation of physical systems. Mechatronic systems
depend on computer software for their unique functionality. This course studies mechatronics at a
theoretical and practical level; balance between theory/analysis and hardware implementation is
emphasized; emphasis is placed on physical understanding rather than on mathematical formalities. A
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case-study, problem-solving approach, with hardware demonstrations, either on video or in class, and
hardware lab exercises, is used throughout the course. This covers mechatronic system design, modeling
and analysis of dynamic physical systems, control sensors and actuators, analog and digital control
electronics, continuous controller design and digital implementation, interfacing sensors and actuators to a
microcomputer/microcontroller, and real-time programming for control. These are the fundamental areas
of technology on which successful mechatronic designs are based. Throughout the coverage the focus is
kept on the role of each of these areas in the overall design process and how these key areas are integrated
into a successful mechatronic systems design. The course involves 12 weeks of lectures and 6 lab
sessions. Prerequisite: ECSE-4960 or equivalent.
ECSE-6960 Nuclear Power Engineering
Basic plant cycles of PWR and BWR systems, overview of basic radiation and fission process, neutron
life cycle and six-factor formula, reactivity and startup rate, reactivity coefficients, fuel and poison
loading, delayed neutrons, reactor startup and shutdown, decay heat, overview of heat transfer and fluid
flow including natural circulation, reactivity control, reactor protection, print reading (Piping and
Instrumentation Diagrams, Electrical Diagrams, Control Wiring Diagrams, and Logic Diagrams),
Electrical Distribution and emergency responses (plant trip, loss of offsite power, and safety injection
actuation), motor controllers, specified electrical requirements (10CFR, submitted plant design, Technical
Specifications, Abnormal and Emergency Operating Procedures), process instrumentation, nuclear
instrumentation, Appendix R (Fire Safety and Safe Shutdown) electrical requirements. Prerequisites:
Undergraduate degree in electrical engineering or electrical power engineering recommended.
ECSE–6980 Master's Project in Electrical Engineering
Details may be obtained from the Department of Engineering and Science. 3 to 6 credit hours
ECSE–6990 Master's Thesis in Electrical Engineering
Details may be obtained from the Department of Engineering and Science. 6 credit hours
ECSE–7010 Optical Fiber Communications
Review of the state–of–the–art in optical fibers, light sources, and photodetectors. Topics include:
propagation, coupling, dispersion, loss and cut off characteristics of guided wave models in optical fibers,
structural and operating parameters of various types of hetrostructure lasers and light–emitting diodes and
quantum efficiency, response time and noise characteristics of silicon PAD and PIN diodes. Digital and
analog transmission over optical fibers. DWDM systems. Optical amplifiers. Optical networks.
Prerequisite: ECSE-4500 or equivalent. ECSE-6560 desirable.
ECSE–7100 Real–Time Programming and Applications
Hardware and software characteristics of real–time systems for analysis and control. Real–time
programming techniques, standard interfaces and busses, sensors, data smoothing, digital filtering, and
digital control. Prerequisite: CISH–4030 (or ECSE–4730) and CSCI–4210.
MANE Mechanical, Aeronautical, Nuclear, and
Engineering Physics
MANE–4240 Introduction to Finite Elements
Introductory course in the Finite Element Method (FEM) beginning with the "direct method" for discrete
systems such as springs, trusses, elastic frames, and pipe networks. FEM is then applied to continua,
considering one dimensional problems in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and elasticity using variational
and weighted residual methods. Algorithms for the construction and solution of the governing equations.
MANE–4610 Vibrations
Free and forced linear vibrations of damped and undamped mechanical and electrical systems of n
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degrees of freedom. Continuous system vibration. Manual and computer methods of finding natural
frequencies. Self– and nonself–adjoint problems. Eigenfunction expansion. Integral transforms. Methods
of approximating natural frequencies. Rayleigh, Rayleigh–Ritz, Ritz–Galerkion, Stodola, Holzer,
Myklestad matrix iteration. Perturbation techniques. Stability criteria.
MANE–4650 Fracture Mechanics
Mechanics aspect of failure, fracture, and fatigue. Brittle fracture criteria. Linear elastic fracture methods.
Stress fields around cracks. Statistical aspects of fatigue. Cumulative damage. Contact fatigue.
Prerequisite: MANE-4320.
MANE–4800 Boundary Layers and Heat Transfer
Navier–Stokes equations and boundary layer approximations. Exact solutions and integral methods for
incompressible boundary layers. Transition; turbulence. Convective heat transfer in laminar and turbulent
flow. Special problems at high temperature.
MANE–5000 Advanced Engineering Mathematics I
A presentation of mathematical methods useful in engineering practice. The course covers analytical and
numerical techniques used in linear algebra, the numerical solution of nonlinear equations, the
foundations of vector and tensor algebra and an introduction to vector operators. Also covered are
methods of polynomial and trigonometric interpolation and approximation, numerical solution methods
for initial and boundary value problems for ordinary differential equations and an overview of the
fundamentals of probability and statistics including random variables, density and distribution functions
and hypothesis testing. Symbolic manipulation and scientific computation software used extensively.
Emphasis on reliable computing is made throughout.
MANE–5060 Introduction to Compressible Flow
One–dimensional isentropic compressible flow. Normal stationary and moving shock waves. Design on
inlet and ducted diffusers, steady flow wind tunnels and shock tubes. Flow in ducts with friction and heat
transfer.
MANE–5080 Turbomachinery
Representation of performance of turbomachines; mechanism of energy transfer; factors limiting design
and performance including surge, choking, and cavitation; two– and three–dimensional flow phenomena;
performance analysis including multistage effects and off–design performance.
MANE–5100 Mechanical Engineering Foundations I
A presentation of the principles of macroscopic transport useful in the analysis of mechanical engineering
systems. The course covers the formulation energy mass and momentum balances in continua; the
development of mathematical models of heat conduction and mass diffusion in solids and of flow in ideal
and Newtonian fluids. Models are illustrated using examples from mechanical engineering. Particular
attention throughout is devoted to the development of the ability to create realistic and reliable models.
MANE–6180 Mechanics of Composite Materials
Mechanics of elastic heterogeneous solids and thermoplastic behavior. Mechanics of distributed damage.
Mechanical behavior.
MANE–6200 Plates and Shells
Preliminaries on linear, three–dimensional elasticity theory. Reduction of the elasticity theory to the
theories of plates and shells. Anisotropy. Nonlinear theories. Applications.
MANE-6410 Celestial Mechanics
Introduction to celestial mechanics, orbits, and perturbations, exterior ballistics, powered flight
trajectories, space flight trajectories.
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MANE-6420 Multibody Dynamics
Analytical and numerical analysis of dynamic behavior of multibody mechanical systems. Emphasis on
understanding all aspects of modeling and analysis process associated with real (spacecraft, automotive,
biomechanical, etc.) systems. Review of traditional dynamic analysis methods (Newtonian-Euler,
Lagrange, etc.), presentation of more efficient, powerful, recently developed methods (including Kane's
method). Comparison of the different formulations and their applicability to computer simulation.
Treatment of constraints, extraction of data from equations of motion, and computational issues.
MANE-6490 Plasticity
Stress invariants. Polyaxial stress-strain relation for strain-hardening materials. Ideal plasticity, various
yield conditions and associated flow rules. Variational principles. Limit analysis. Applications in elasticplastic stress analysis, metal forming, plastic collapse, and plastic instability.
MANE–6530 Turbulence
Navier–Stokes and energy equations, exact solution, weighted residuals methods, linearized viscous flow,
inner and outer solutions, boundary layer theory, existence and uniqueness, higher order approximations,
transition, mathematical models of turbulent flow, applications. Prerequisite: MANE–4800 or equivalent.
MANE–6540 Advanced Thermodynamics
Review of the first and second laws. Criteria of equilibrium. Auxiliary functions and general
thermodynamic relations. Thermodynamic properties. Chemical equilibrium. Availability and
irreversibility.
MANE–6550 Theory of Compressible Flow
General equations of compressible flow. Specialization to inviscid flows in two space dimensions.
Linearized solutions in subsonic and supersonic flow. Characteristic equations for supersonic flow with
applications in external and internal flow. One dimensional non–steady compressible flow.
MANE–6630 Conduction Heat Transfer
Analytical, finite difference and finite element solutions of steady and transient heat conduction problems.
Illustrated with applications from engineering practice.
MANE–6640 Radiation Heat Transfer
Introduction to radiation heat transfer in diathermanous media and participating media. Selected
applications from spacecraft design, furnace design, meteorology, temperature measurement,
environmental control.
MANE–6650 Convective Heat Transfer
Fundamental study of convection heat transfer in laminar and turbulent, internal and external flows.
Unsteady flows, combined heat and mass transfer, conjugated unsteady heat transfer and buoyancy
induced convection. Selected applications from aeronautics and heat exchanger design. Prerequisite:
MANE–4800 or equivalent.
MANE-6720 Computational Fluid Dynamics
Course focuses on computational approaches to solve the Navier-Stokes equations. Course assumes
knowledge of numerical methods and therefore directly attacks the obstacles to applying these methods to
the Navier-Stokes equations. Issues concerning implementation of finite difference methods (FDM), finite
volume methods (FVM) and finite element methods (FEM) will be discussed. These issues include: the
discrete formulation, non-linear equation iterator (steady)/marcher(time-accurate), linear equation
formation, boundary condition prescription and linear equation solution. Prerequisite: MANE-6660 or
equivalent.
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MANE-6830 Combustion
Review of fundamentals of thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, fluid mechanics, and modern diagnostics.
Discussion of flame propagation, thermal and chain explosions, stirred reactors, detonations, droplet
combustion, and turbulent jet flames. Introduction to computational tools for complex equilibrium and
kinetic calculations. Applications to problems such as pollutant formation. Prerequisite: permission of the
instructor.
MANE-6840 An Introduction to Multiphase Flow and Heat Transfer I
This course is intended to give students a state-of-the-art understanding about single and multicomponent
boiling and condensation heat transfer phenomena. Applications include the analysis of nuclear reactors,
oil wells, and chemical process equipment. Student satisfactorily completing this course are expected to
thoroughly understand the current thermal-hydraulics literature on multiphase heat and mass transfer and
be able to conduct independent research in this field. Prerequisite: A working knowledge of fluid
mechanics and heat transfer.
MANE–6960 Topics in Mechanical Engineering
MANE–6960 Advanced Fracture Mechanics
This course covers Linear and Non-linear Fracture Mechanics. The following are the course topics:
Tensor Analysis, Stress, Strain, Equilibrium, Compatibility, Constitutive equations. Theory of elasticity
solutions for a cracked body, Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics (LEFM), Energetics of cracked bodies,
The J integral, Plastic zones, Fracture Toughness and R curve analysis, Elastic-Plastic Fracture Mechanics
(EPRM), Dugdale-Barenblatt and Bilby-Cottrell-Swinden (BCS) solutions using yield strips, HultMcClintock solutions, Hutchinson-Rice-Rosengren (HRR) solutions, Slip-line solutions, Engineering
approach to elastic-plastic fracture, J integral testing, J controlled crack growth, Computational methods
for elastic-plastic fracture.
MANE–6960 Topics in Mechanical Engineering:
Mechatronics
Mechatronics, as an engineering discipline, is the synergistic combination of mechanical engineering,
electronics, control engineering, and computers, all integrated through the design process. It involves the
application of complex decision making to the operation of physical systems. Mechatronic systems
depend on computer software for their unique functionality. This course studies mechatronics at a
theoretical and practical level; balance between theory/analysis and hardware implementation is
emphasized; emphasis is placed on physical understanding rather than on mathematical formalities. A
case-study, problem-solving approach, with hardware demonstrations, either on video or in class, and
hardware lab exercises, is used throughout the course. This covers mechatronic system design, modeling
and analysis of dynamic physical systems, control sensors and actuators, analog and digital control
electronics, continuous controller design and digital implementation, interfacing sensors and actuators to a
microcomputer/microcontroller, and real-time programming for control. These are the fundamental areas
of technology on which successful mechatronic designs are based. Throughout the coverage the focus is
kept on the role of each of these areas in the overall design process and how these key areas are integrated
into a successful mechatronic systems design. The course involves 12 weeks of lectures and 6 lab
sessions. Students will need a laptop computer for lab session. Students who have previously taken
MANE 4490, 4250, or Sensors and Actuators are not eligible to take this course for credit.
MANE–6960 Advanced Topics in Finite Element Methods
The basic concepts of the finite element method are developed. Direct, Galerkin and variational
approaches to element formulations are emphasized. Although the procedures presented are general, the
majority of examples and special topics are from solid mechanics including two and three dimensional
elasticity, plate banding and shells. In addition to the fundamentals of finite element, the student will be
exposed to the analysis of example problems.
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MANE–6960 Topics in Mechanical Engineering:
Modeling and Analysis of Machining Systems
A hands-on exposure to modeling, analysis, and simulation methodologies applicable to the investigation
of the efficiency of metal machining systems. Topics covered include the physical principles of metal
chip forming processes, thermo mechanical finite element analysis of metal cutting processes, materials
science modeling, machine tool path simulation modeling, machine tool vibration dynamics, machine
shop scheduling and sequencing, discrete event simulation, and economic modeling of machining systems
and processes. Students working in teams and individually will develop expertise in selected modeling
techniques by carrying out term-long research projects.
MANE–6980 Master's Project in Mechanical Engineering
Details may be obtained from the Department of Engineering and Science. 3–6 credits
MANE–6990 Master's Thesis in Mechanical Engineering
Details may be obtained from the Department of Engineering and Science. 6 credits
MANE-7000 Advanced Engineering Mathematics II
A continuation of the advanced presentation of mathematical methods useful in engineering practice. The
course covers the Frobenius method for the solution of boundary value problems; the representation of
arbitrary functions by characteristic functions; calculus of functions of more than one variable including
the study of extreme; overview of calculus of variations; principles of vector and tensor analysis;
analytical and numerical techniques for the solution of initial and boundary value problems in partial
differential equations. Symbolic manipulation and scientific computation software used extensively.
Emphasis on reliable computing is made throughout.
MANE–7100 Mechanical Engineering Foundations II
A presentation of the most common physical and mathematical modes used in the description of the
mechanical behavior of materials. The course covers the microstructural and thermodynamic foundations
of constitutive material behavior of interest in mechanical engineering applications; overview of elasticity
and plasticity and their relationship to microstructural features; principles of rheology; viscoelasticity and
creep; failure mechanisms including fracture crack propagation and fatigue crack growth. Particular
attention throughout is given to the development of the ability to utilize the mathematical models to
assess the reliability and life of mechanical engineering components at the design state.
MTLE Materials Science and Engineering
MTLE–4260 High-Temperature Alloys
Basic characteristics of nickel, cobalt, and iron-base superalloys, and refractory metals such as
columbium, tantalum, tungsten, and molybdenum for gas turbine, steam turbine, and space power
applications. Characterization of systems, relationship of mechanical properties to microstructure,
processing by casting and working, joining and heat treatment, oxidation and protection of alloys,
applications and future trends, invited lectures.
MTLE–6960 Topics in Materials Engineering
MTLE–6960 Topics in Materials Engineering:
Creep and Fatigue of Metals
A presentation of mechanical behavior and metallurgical phenomena encountered at high and
intermediate temperatures and also under cyclic loading conditions. The course discusses measurement
and testing of creep and fatigue, description of micro structural processes, data presentation and scatter,
design aspects, instabilities and the parametric representation of creep-rupture data.
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MTLE-6960 Topics in Materials Engineering:
Intermediate Temperature Degradation and Protection
A course about protection against degradation of materials exposed to many industrial environments
including gas turbine engines in the intermediate temperature range. It builds on High Temperature
Coatings Engineering, previously offered. Tribological phenomena such as Friction, Wear, Erosion, and
Impact will be addressed in practical as well as theoretical terms. Interaction of the tribological processes
with foreign materials deposition, and resulting corrosion and oxidation will also, be highlighted.
Protection against degradation by the above phenomena will be covered. These will include surface
treatments, lubrication, and wear and erosion coatings.
MTLE–6960 Topics in Materials Engineering:
Light Metal Alloys
Concentrates on aluminum, magnesium, and titanium with fully half of the course devoted to titanium.
Production of alloys, fabrication, properties, and microstructure, corrosion resistance, and more are
covered. Emphasis on the use of alloys of all three light metals in engineering applications. Textbooks
available on titanium and on light metal alloys in general.
MTLE–696x High-Temperature Coatings Engineering
Background and working knowledge about the oxidation and hot corrosion behavior of high-temperature
materials (primarily nickel-cobalt-and iron-based alloys and the protective coatings for application from
about 1000F to 2200F. The course includes detailed discussion of types of coating, processing methods,
characterization, properties, and evaluation techniques. Upon completion of this course a student will
have a familiarity with and be able to make informed judgments on the selection of coatings for hightemperature service.
MTLE–7061 Casting and Joining Processes
Principles of melting, pouring, and solidification. Types of casting processes. Mold design and materials.
Design for casting. Welding, diffusion bonding, brazing, and soldering. Adhesive and mechanical
fasteners. Principles of joining. Design for welding.
Course Descriptions
Management and Technology
The course numbering system is alphanumeric beginning with a four-letter department name followed by
a dash, a three-digit course number, and a zero. All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.
Below is the
four-letter subject code for Management and Technology.
Acronym
MGMT Management
Schedule of Course Offerings
Course availability is presented in the Three-Year Course Schedule. Course availability may change.
Check the Hartford and Groton course schedule at THIS LINK for the latest information.
Students should contact their faculty advisor for guidance in creating the Plan of Study. Plan of Study
forms can be found at: Office of the Registrar.
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MGMT-6020 Financial Management I
(Formerly MGMT-6310)
The purpose of this course is to develop a working understanding of the major investment and financial
decisions of the firm. Emphasis will be placed upon identifying and solving the problems commonly
faced by financial managers. The course presents the needed theory and develops financial problem
solving skills through individualized problem solving, structured case analysis, and industry and company
analysis using Internet sources. Prerequisite: MGMT-7740.
MGMT-6030 Financial Management II
(Formerly MGMT-6380)
This course, built on the Economic & Financial Analysis I, provides a conceptual framework whereby
accounting, corporate finance and investment decisions can be viewed and understood in a unified context
of risk and return as it is applicable to all types of businesses and organizations. The course prepares
students for future specialized courses in advanced accounting, corporate finance, financial institutions
and markets, investment theory, and entrepreneurial finance. The contemporary issues covered in this
course include risk and diversification; asset pricing models; capital structure and financing alternatives;
dividend and stock repurchases; corporate governance; mergers, acquisitions and takeovers; financial
distress and reorganization; and different international financial.
MGMT-6040 Creating and Managing an Enterprise I
(Formerly MGMT-6710)
This course is designed to help students understand the critical challenges and tasks associated with
developing, growing, and managing a successful business. Students learn how to lead and manage an
enterprise as well as gain a fundamental understanding of each functional department required to operate
a business and how each fits into the greater scope of the business organization.
MGMT-6050 Creating and Managing an Enterprise II
This course builds upon the principles learned in Creating and Managing the Enterprise I within the
context of start-ups, internal new ventures, strategic alliances, joint ventures, and other organizational
forms. Success in creating and managing any business is contingent upon careful analysis and
management of five key segments– people, product, market, finances, and competition. Students have an
opportunity to put into practice the latest management theory while balancing the resources and
constraints of these five segments. Prerequisite: MGMT-6040.
MGMT-6060 Business Implications of Emerging Technologies I
(Formerly MGMT- 6610)
This course investigates the business dimensions of major technological advances, highlighting how
industry structures and organization, the dynamics of competition, patterns of innovation, operational
decisions, and financial investment are all influenced by various types of technical breakthrough. Students
also get to explore the interplay between emerging technology development and commercialization. The
challenges associated with intellectual property protection and utilization, as well as the socio-economic
and ethical dimensions of new technology adoption, are explored. Each year, a different set of key
technologies will be examined and analyzed.
MGMT-6080 Networks, Innovation and Value Creation
(Formerly MGMT-7500)
This course considers the evolving new models of value creation and business growth being introduced
across different industries and examines such critical issues as product and process technology strategy,
operational innovation, IT strategies and infrastructures, networks and organization, and finance. Utilizing
a series of case studies from across a range of industry networks, students will have a chance to learn how
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companies can participate in such networks and what unique business resources and capabilities they can
employ to enhance their probability of commercial success.
MGMT–6100 Statistics and Operations Management I
An introduction to deterministic and probabilistic methods for business applications and particularly
quantitative approaches applied to managerial problem solving and decision-making. Topics include basic
descriptive and inferential statistics, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance and
regression analysis. Extensive use of computers allows students to explore the various quantitative
techniques for analyzing, interpreting and communicating a wide range of business-related quantitative
data and information.
MGMT–6110 Statistics and Operations Management II
Continues the study of collection, analysis, and use of information in a technologically advanced setting.
This course shifts focus from statistical methods to other problem solving approaches including
regression analysis, linear programming, network models, queuing systems, and simulation. The
emphasis is on integration of analysis techniques to address the management issues at hand, with
application drawn from production, finance, project management, and system design. Prerequisite:
MGMT-6100.
MGMT–6140 Information Systems for Management
Analyzes the use of information and communications technology to improve performance and to achieve
organizational goals. Examines information systems in sales, marketing, finance, and operations. Provides
a framework for understanding and evaluating IS contributions to product services and managerial
effectiveness. Focuses upon implementation of information technology as a strategic weapon for
productivity and competitive advantage. Lectures, case discussion, projects, and technical supplements.
MGMT–6170 Advanced Systems Analysis and Design
An advanced course in systems analysis and design that presents conceptual material about both
traditional approaches to systems development such as process–oriented and data–oriented methodologies
and, evolving approaches such as object–oriented development methods. Key stages of the systems
development life cycle including planning, analysis and design are the focus of this course. Models and
procedures for understanding and modeling an organization's existing and planned information systems
are presented. Computer–Aided Software Engineering tools are used to provide hands–on experience in
designing information systems. A case–based approach is used to provide students an opportunity to
apply the analytical and design techniques covered in the course. In addition, students are expected to do
a real–life systems development project. The course also focuses on the issues and challenges in
managing systems development. Prerequisite: MGMT-6140.
MGMT-6180 Strategic Information Systems Management
Information technology (IT) is a strategic asset that is being used to mold competitive strategies and
change organizational processes. As IT and its uses become more complex, developing strategies and
systems to deliver the technology has become more difficult. The net result is a growing need for
guidance on the issues, strategies, and tactics for managing the use of information technology. This course
is designed to partially fulfill this need and to enable students to integrate concepts and theories learned in
previous IT courses. Prerequisite: MGMT-6140
MGMT–6290 Macroeconomics and International Environments of Business
This course identifies major forces acting on the enterprise from the macroeconomic and international
environment. Key factors include national income and output, interest rates, economic growth and
business cycles, international trade and balance of payment, exchange rates, monetary and fiscal policy.
Factors are analyzed in terms of their impact on the economic and technological decisions of the
enterprise.
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MGMT–6320 Investment Analysis I
Introduction to investment instruments and modern methods of pricing them. Basic components of viable
investment programs are outlined. Topics include expected utility theory and risk aversion, modern
portfolio theory, equilibrium in capital markets (CAPM, APT), index models, futures and options, theory
of active portfolio management. Prerequisite: MGMT-6020.
MGMT–6330 Investment Analysis II
Advanced study in investment analysis, decision making, and practice. Emphasis on bond market analysis
and bond portfolio management, including asset–backed securities, high–yield bonds, venture capital, and
derivative securities. Topics include bond pricing, the term structure and risk structure of interest rates,
duration concepts and immunization strategies, analysis of embedded options in fixed income securities.
Application of strategies to real data set. Prerequisite: MGMT–6320 or permission of instructor.
MGMT–6340 Financial Markets and Institutions
Focus on U.S. and international banking and financial markets, new instruments and techniques for
financing, risk management and its application to financial institutions. Overview of U.S. financial
systems, including the Federal Reserve System, bank supervision, and monetary policy - and its
counterparts in other countries. Emphasis on impact of technology on securities markets and banks.
Discussion of current issues in securities markets and banking, such as securitization, financial
derivatives, junk bonds, bank failures, mergers and acquisitions, and international banking. Prerequisite:
MGMT-6020.
MGMT-6360 International Finance
Examines the financial opportunities and risks involved in the management of a multinational firm. Tool
and techniques for measuring and managing currency risk including interest rate and currency swaps,
futures, forwards, and option are explored. The international currency markets, including the history of
international financial systems (Gold Standard, Bretton Woods, Dollarization, European Monetary
System, etc.) are examined The international banking, bond and equity markets and their role in modern
portfolio management is assessed.
MGMT–6390 International Operations
(Formerly MGMT-6350)
This course provides a foundation in the facts and ideas underlying the globalization of production and
delivery of goods and services. Topics include: designing global supply chains, managing risks of cross
border business relationships, international logistics, establishing world class manufacturing service and
R&D in developing countries, integrating superior operating practices and technologies from across the
world in diverse national environments, and political and societal issues associated with global
operations.
MGMT-6400 Financial Econometrics Modeling
This course addresses financial modeling as an empirical activity. Several key issues and assumptions of
finance are addressed through empirical modeling. Topics may include asset pricing, event studies,
exchange rate movements, term structure of interest rates, and international linkages among financial
markets. Computers are used extensively both in and out of class.
MGMT–6450 Manufacturing Systems Management
An overview of how product and service requirements are translated into manufacturing facilities,
procedures, and organizations. The control systems considered include demand forecasting, inventory
planning, production scheduling, quality control, MRP, and project control. In addition, a management
perspective is used to examine decisions having a long–term manufacturing impact: capacity planning,
location, and distribution, manufacturing processes, factory layout and factory focus. The course
concludes with an introduction to manufacturing policy.
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MGMT–6470 Management of Quality, Processes, and Reliability
Definitions; corporate, economic, and government environments; international considerations; business
processes and physical processes in manufacturing and services; control and enhancement of processes;
organizing for and effecting change; experimental design for design and change; information systems;
Deming approach; product and processes development; capital investment; empowerment of workers;
people make it happen. Prerequisite: MGMT–6100 or permission of instructor.
MGMT–6480 Service Operations Management
Discusses the role of services in an economy, managing services for competitive advantage, structuring
the service enterprise, managing service operations, service productivity, quality, and growth.
MGMT–6490 Competitive Advantage and Operations Strategy
Includes topics such as manufacturing as a competitive weapon; management of quality; manufacturing
technology implementation; strategic impact of advanced manufacturing technologies; and
manufacturing's role in new product development. Prerequisite: MGMT–6450 or permission of instructor.
MGMT–6550 Marketing Research
Marketing strategy decisions are developed in the framework of many case studies. Marketing research
techniques, including questionnaire development and data analysis, are introduced and utilized in a team
project. Prerequisite: MGMT–6100.
MGMT–6600 Research and Development Management
The course deals with the responsibilities of, and operating problems faced by managers of research and
development. The following areas are included: technology forecasting, technology planning, selection
and evaluation of R&D projects, resource allocation, planning and control, measuring results of R&D.
Particular attention is given to creative problem solving, motivating and managing creative individuals,
barriers to innovation, and organization alternatives for R&D, including matrix and project organizations.
Prerequisite: MGMT-7740.
MGMT-6620 Principles of Technological Entrepreneurship
An introductory graduate course in initiating new technology-based business ventures and developing
them into self-sustaining and profitable enterprises. Examines the process whereby a person decides to
become an entrepreneur, screens opportunities, selects an appropriate product/market target, and obtains
the necessary resources. Provides the theoretical and practical knowledge for the preparation of formal
business plans.
MGMT-6630 Starting Up A New Venture
An understanding of the critical issues related to starting up a new business is gained through team-based
experiential learning. Small teams of students develop a comprehensive business plan that can be used to
raise money for a new or relatively new venture. The experiential learning process is enhanced through
team meetings with faculty and/or course advisers and through oral presentations to the entire class.
MGMT–6680 Strategy, Technology, and Global Competitive Advantage
This course emphasizes the linkage between technology, strategy, and achieving global competitive
advantage. Develops the concept and practical tools of strategy, strategic planning, and implementation of
both at the business unit and corporate levels. The strategies of technology-intensive international
companies are compared. FOR M.S. STUDENTS ONLY.
MGMT–6730 Technological Change and International Competitiveness
Analysis of the differences among technical systems and interactions with industrial growth is undertaken
with regard to nation states, industrial sectors, and companies. To develop tools of analysis regarding
technological change, industrial policy, and corporate performance. The impact of technological change
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on industrial growth and competitiveness is viewed from three perspectives: the general manager, the
technical professional, and the public official.
MGMT–6750 Legal Aspects of E-Business and Information Technology
Legal, regulatory, and public issues related to E-Commerce/E-Business, the Internet, and Information
Technology are explored through an analytic, critical thinking approach. Topics include: e-contracts,
digital signatures, B2B and B2C agreements; ownership, protection, and exploitation of intellectual
capital including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets; regulatory issues; ISP and Web site
liability including defamation; copyright infringement, securities regulation, and criminal acts; policy
issues including privacy, security and encryption, and obscene materials. Global E-Commerce will be
explored.
MGMT–6810 Management of Technical Projects
Enables the technically-oriented manager to select projects of value to the organization, develop a project
plan including staffing, perform a risk analysis on the project, and successfully execute the project.
Students, working alone or in teams, practice the project management process by planning a current
project in the area of new product development, process reengineering, information systems or any other
project with business implementation.
MGMT-6840 Practicum in Management (MBA Students Only - course summary below applies to
Hartford MBA students)
MBA students in Hartford are required to include a non-pay community service (Practicum) project in
which students use training in service and process innovation to help solve local community
problems. Individual faculty will supervise teams of students who work with local agencies and small
business start-ups. Projects come from faculty in conjunction with local organizations, agencies and
businesses. This project is normally done as part of a scheduled course rather than an independent project.
MGMT–6940 Independent Study
1 to 6 credit hours.
MGMT–6960 Topics in Management
3 credit hours
MGMT-6960 Lean Strategies for Manufacturing & Services
Lean management uses principles and techniques developed at Toyota to improve performance through
the elimination all forms of waste, with the ultimate goal to create additional value for customers. The
fundamental concepts of Lean can be applied to manufacturing as well as services operations. Internal
business processes, such as product development, R&D, information technology, tooling &
instrumentation, and training can also benefit, reducing life cycle costs and improving market
responsiveness.
MGMT-6960 Taxation for Business and Investment Planning
An introduction to the tax environment and how taxes affect individual and business decision-making.
Topics include examining the economic and social policy implications underlying the tax law, the
relationship between tax and financial accounting theory, taxes and technology, the tax consequences of
various personal, investment and business activities including the legal factors associated with choice of
business entity. The tax compliance and audit process, and effective dispute resolution with the various
government taxing authorities will also be addressed. This course will enable students to identify tax
issues and opportunities, to become conversant with tax concepts and terminology, to conduct effective
tax research, and develop tax planning strategies designed to maximize the after-tax cash flow from a
variety of business transactions.
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MGMT–7xxx Seminar in Management
Advanced study of selected topics in a particular field. May be taken more than once if subjects are
sufficiently different. May be designed as fulfilling the CAPSTONE requirement. Always has one or
more prerequisites.
MGMT-7003 Sustainable Business Development
The course provides a strategic-level perspective on integration of sustainable development, enterprise
management, and innovation management and their contributions for creating competitive advantages and
exceeding the needs of the global business environment. Sustainable development is a broad management
construct that focuses on how an enterprise improves the social, economical, environmental, and business
impacts and consequences of its technologies, products processes, and operations. Sustainable
development constructs use life-cycle thinking, technological innovation, and product development.
Sustainable development requires activity , knowledge, experience, and learning for solving existing
problems and managing new challenges. The course focuses on global corporations that are using
sustainable development as an integration construct for achieving success in the 21st century. Sustainable
development means leading change, dealing with the environmental consequences of products, processes
and operations from cradle to grave, and improving every facet of the enterprise.
MGMT-7030 Strategy, Technology, and Competition I
(Formerly MGMT-6650)
This course covers the fundamentals of business and corporate strategy, integrating these concepts into an
environment of technological change, competition, and entrepreneurship. The course includes the
following areas of emphasis: concepts of strategy, industry environment, resources and capabilities of the
firm, organization and systems of the firm, the dynamics of competitive advantage, strategic alternative
analysis, and strategies in different contexts. The course uses business cases and a project to enrich the
theoretical concepts.
MGMT-7050 Design, Manufacturing, and Marketing I
(Formerly MGMT-6560)
This course immerses students in the practices and activities that lead to the creation of innovative new
products and services. Through a team-based learning experience, students generate an idea for a new
product or service and follow the development process from conception through planning for
commercialization. Through lectures, cases, and practical exercises, students learn how to overcome
hurdles inherent in new product and service development. Students apply this knowledge in all phases of
product development, including concept testing, product design, production planning, and market
strategy.
MGMT-7060 Design, Manufacturing, and Marketing II
This course immerses students in the practices and activities that lead to the creation of innovative new
products and services. Through a team-based learning experience, students generate an idea for a new
product or service and follow the development process from conception through planning for
commercialization. Through lectures, cases, and practical exercises, students learn how to overcome
hurdles inherent in new product and service development. Students apply this knowledge in all phases of
product development, including concept testing, product design, production planning, and market
strategy. The project undertaken in this course provides student teams with an opportunity to create a new
venture that may then be carried forward utilizing Rensselaer’s technological resources such as the
Incubator Program and Rensselaer’s Technology Park.
MGMT-7070 Managing on the Edge: Corporate Innovation for the Coming Years
This course investigates the challenges of managing and leading organizations in situations characterized
by their non-linear, unpredictable nature. Students will be challenged to develop innovative responses and
solutions, drawing upon the full array of knowledge, skills, and insights they have gained from their two
years of MBA study. Along with learning to deal with risk and uncertainty, the soon-to-be MBA
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graduates will be prepared for addressing the increasing degrees of fluidity and turbulence found in
today’s business, economic, and competitive environments.
MGMT-7120 International Marketing
Theoretical and practical overview of International Marketing; discussion and analysis of International
Marketing issues, problems and solutions using text, case studies and examples. This course is designed
for professionals involved in corporate strategic planning, export sales, marketing and international
management.
MGMT–7210 Acquisition and Venture Analysis
Recent years have seen an accelerated commitment to growth and asset reallocation through acquisitions
and corporate restructurings. Indeed the accounting profession is taking a fresh look at how these deals
are accounted for in the firms' financial statements. The rate of deals is exponential and covers the full
spectrum from established industries to high technology, computer, biotechnology, and internet firms.
Topics covered in this course are reasons for acquisitions, valuing, and structuring a transaction.
Determining the currency to be used, achieving strategic and organizational alignment, takeover defenses,
and post-deal integration. Students study a recent transaction of their own choosing and prepare an oral
and written report focusing on those aspects that made the deal successful. Prerequisite: MGMT-6020 or
permission of instructor.
MGMT-7500- Managing Supply Networks
An overview of the set of activities related to flow of information, goods, and services from raw material
through production to the end-use customer. Course will focus on the planning, analysis, decision
making, and measuring methods used to manage supply networks in order to improve customer
satisfaction. A comparison of different supply chain strategies will be presented with an emphasis on the
application of business strategies that minimize waste.
MGMT–7540 Leadership and Organizational Improvement
An advanced course in leadership that closely examines the relationship between operating practices and
behaviors. Comparisons are made between leadership behaviors, business metrics, and decisions that are
results-focused versus those that are processes-focused and designed to eliminate waste. The impact of
the different types of waste on leadership effectiveness, credibility, organizational capability building,
stakeholder buy-in, and financial results are critically examined. The framework for this course is the
application of Lean principles and practices to a wider range of individual and enterprise-level challenges.
Prerequisites: MGMT-6040 and MGMT-6190.
MGMT–7700 International Negotiations
Examines international negotiation techniques, practica and styles. Students are given an in–depth profile
questionnaire to assess individual strengths and weaknesses in international negotiations. Profiles of
international negotiators are examined. Negotiation sessions and group presentations are videotaped and
analyzed.
MGMT–7710 Cultural Environment of International Business
The emerging role of the multinational manager, cultural impact of international management, managing
culture shock, organizational responsibilities and cultural differences. Foreign deployment, cultural
specifics for managerial effectiveness, cultural themes and patterns, American macro– and micro–
cultures, working in the global market environment.
MGMT-7730 Economics and Institutions
(Formerly MGMT-6300)
The main course objective is to introduce students to basic economics principles and establish economics
as a managerial decision-making framework. The course will draw on economic analysis of such concepts
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as cost, demand, profit, competition, pricing strategy, and market protection and tie them to operational
business decisions.
MGMT-7740 Accounting for Reporting and Control
(Formerly MGMT-6190)
This course introduces theories and practices of financial as well as managerial accounting. The financial
accounting sessions provide an overview of external financial statements. The managerial accounting
sessions focus on how accounting information is used in the internal managerial decision making process
within a firm as well as cover cost accounting, budgeting, and performance evaluation tools.
MGMT-7750 Global Business and Social Responsibility
(Formerly MGMT-6800)
The course examines different responses of American, European and Asian firms to a global economy,
within an historic and evolving context. Models of economic, social, political, technological, and national
development will be introduced. Various conflicting demands of national governments, interest groups,
corporations, unions, NGOs and consumers are often expressed in terms of ethical and social
responsibility. Cases will be analyzed in terms of models of global business practices and conflicting
claims will be critically evaluated.
MGMT–7980 CAPSTONE Project Course
Independent research project. Student must meet with a full-time faculty member to determine the
independent study topic. The independent research should result in a high-quality research paper that is
suitable for publication in a journal. Such efforts are to be separate and independent of course work used
to satisfy other M.S. program requirements.
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Executive and Professional Development
Executive and Professional Development is a department of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute focused on
providing opportunities for professionals to enhance their knowledge and skills without enrolling in a
credit-based academic program. Its mission is to develop superior short programs that address the
interface between technical skills, management, and leadership.
Lean Six Sigma Certificate Program
Rensselaer has developed an enhanced Process Improvement Program designed to help you select and
successfully implement improvements in one of your key business processes.
Customized Programs
Contract programs are customized special sessions of Rensselaer's Professional Development Programs
designed to meet the needs of individual business, government, educational, or non-profit organizations.
Executive and Professional Development strives to meet the needs of our corporate partners, alumni, and
the general community. If there are programs you believe are missing from our portfolio, please contact
us. We may be able to create a Custom Program for your organization's specific needs or add a new
public offering to this list. Click here for more information.
For additional information on Executive and Professional Development programs, please contact
the Office of Enrollment Management:
Phone: 860-548-2480; Toll-free: 800-306-7778
e-mail: [email protected]
Lean Six Sigma Certificate Program
A Process Improvement Program Built to Impact Your
Bottom Line
Rensselaer’s new Lean Six Sigma Certificate Program was created to enable participants to achieve
tangible results within their companies. One key differentiator of this program is its outcome-driven
methodology. The overarching objective is to complete an actual business project during the course of the
program. A Lean sensei with over 20 years of process improvement experience will lead the program and
provide guidance in project selection to enable maximum return on investment. Participants will be asked
to select a project that has the potential for realizing at least $100,000 in annualized savings. Sending
multiple members from a company who can work on a project together can yield even larger gains during
and after the training.
Program Content
Participants in this intensive hands-on program will bring with them a business problem or opportunity to
resolve and then receive real-time coaching to help them stay on track and learn at a rapid pace. The
principles and methodologies of Lean Six Sigma that are taught will be applied immediately and
throughout the program to improve business performance. See the schedule of monthly seminars below.
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Upon successful completion of this program, participants will leave with powerful knowledge of Lean Six
Sigma tools and a Green Belt Certificate, as well as confidence gained from having applied this learning
to an actual company project.
Schedule of Monthly One-Day Seminars
Classes meet monthly over a nine-month period. This reflects the actual timeframe necessary to
implement participants’ work projects. The order of the seminars themselves also supports the order of
process steps. In addition, on-site consulting and one-on-one coaching provide additional support to
enable success.
DATE
SEMINAR
Monthly Seminar 1
Lean Six Sigma Overview and Guidelines for Selecting a Project
Monthly Seminar 2
How to use Value Stream Process Mapping to Reduce Cycle Time and Improve
Performance to the Customer
Monthly Seminar 3
The Voice of the Customer – Defining Critical Performance Requirements to
Lower your Cost of Doing Business
Monthly Seminar 4
How to create a High Performance Improvement Team to get Results More
Quickly
Monthly Seminar 5
How to Create a Visual Workplace to Improve Productivity and Make Problems
Visible
Monthly Seminar 6
Using Statistics to Find the Root Cause of a Problem and Quantify the Benefits
Monthly Seminar 7
How to use Problem Solving Tools to help Reduce the Time to Implementation
Monthly Seminar 8
Using Design of Experiment to Help you Successfully Navigate through Pilot
Phase
Monthly Seminar 9
Using the Tools for Building a Sustaining Process so that your Improvements Last
All-inclusive price encompasses:
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Nine days of seminars (one day per month over 9 months)
One day of on-site consulting
One-on-one coaching at Rensselaer – Four sessions (1 hour each)
Registration
Contact Clarence Byers, Senior Program Manager, for more information about the program. Clarence can
be reached at:
Telephone: (860) 548-2479 or (800) 433-4723, Ext. 2479
E-mail:
[email protected]
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Customized Programs
Contract programs are customized special sessions of Rensselaer's Professional Development Programs
designed to meet the needs of an individual business, government, educational, or non-profit organization.
Contract programs can be held at our facility in Hartford, or at your location of choice, including multiple
locations simultaneously using video conferencing technology. Rensselaer can work with your
organization to customize programs in the following different ways:
1. Tailored Open-Enrollment Programs
Rensselaer can tailor any existing program to reflect your business issues and the profiles of your
participants. Specific classes or exercises can be modified, substituted or added to make a program more
appropriate for your organization's goals.
The Center for Creative Leadership programs are one example of open-enrollment programs that can also
be delivered as contract programs.
2. Total Customization
Rensselaer will completely customize a program for you when existing offerings are not appropriate for
your objectives -- developing entirely new modules not available within our existing programs. We will
work with your organization to define its issues and goals, conduct interviews and on-site observations,
and then design a program based on your needs.
Custom programs can offer distinct advantages to your organization, including the ability to effect a broad
scale culture change, the creation of common bonds through a shared experience, training focused on
your particular issues, tailored support of your in-house programs, and greater flexibility regarding when
and where programs are delivered.
In contrast, public programs offer a diversity of participant perspectives and experiences, and a greater
sense of anonymity on individual improvement issues. All public-enrollment programs can be offered on
a client-specific basis. Some organizations use a combination of contract and public programs.
For additional information on customized programs, please contact the Office of Enrollment
Management:
Phone: (860) 548-2420 or (800) 433-4723, Ext. 2420
e-mail: [email protected]
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Faculty
Office of the Assistant Dean
Title
Younessi, Houman
(860) 548-7880
[email protected]
Assistant Dean for Academic Programs
Josephs, Florence
(860) 548-2454
Administrative Specialist
Kresge, Linda
(860) 548-2433
Administrative Specialist
Maleyeff, John
(860) 548-7870
[email protected]
Area Coordinator, Lally School of Management and Technology
Coordinating Faculty
Area of Responsibility
Albright, Robert R., Academic Coordinator for Accelerated M.S. in Management (Innovation and
II
Technology concentration)
(860) 548-5481
Subject Area Coordinator for Strategy and Organizational Behavior
[email protected]
Bose, Sudhangshu
(860) 548-5331
[email protected]
Program Coordinator, Energy Science, Engineering, and Technology
Brown, Roger H.
(860) 548-2462
[email protected]
Program Coordinator, Computer Science, Information Technology
Gingerella, Louis
(860) 548-7803
[email protected]
Academic Coordinator for Southeastern MBA (SEMBA) Cohort Program
Gutierrez-Miravete, Program Coordinator for Mechanical, Aeronautical, and Nuclear Engineering
Ernesto
(860) 548-2464
[email protected]
Maleyeff, John
(860) 548-7870
[email protected]
Area Coordinator for the Lally School in Hartford
Academic Coordinator for International Scholarship Program (ISP)
Mesiya, M.
Farooque
Program Coordinator, Electrical Engineering, Communications, Electrical Power,
Computer Systems Engineering
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(860) 548-5300
[email protected]
Peteros, Randall G.
(860) 548-5403
[email protected]
Faculty Coordinator for Executive MBA (EMBA)
Peters, Lael
(860) 548-2438
[email protected]
Academic Coordinator for Accelerated MBA Cohort Program 22 (Hartford)
Rainey, David
(860) 548-7830
[email protected]
Subject Area Coordinator for Technology and Innovation
Academic Coordinator for M.S. in Management (Sustainable Enterprise
Management concentration) and Accelerated MBA Cohort Program 21 (Hartford)
Stodder, James
(860) 548-7860
[email protected]
Subject Area Coordinator for Economics and Finance
Triscari, Thomas
(860) 548-5411
[email protected]
Academic Coordinator for Accelerated MBA Cohort Program 23 (Hartford)
Venkateswaran,
Venkat
(860) 548-2458
[email protected]
Program Coordinator, Decision Science and Systems Engineering
Kevin Wall
(860) 548-5305
[email protected]
Academic Coordinator, MBA
TBA
Program Coordinator, Software Engineering
Faculty
Teaching Area
Albright, Robert R.,
II
(860) 548-5481
[email protected]
Strategy, Organization, and Marketing
Annigeri,
Balkrishna
[email protected]
Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
Araujo, Robert
[email protected]
Marketing, Global Business and Environment, Industrial Ecology
Ardito, Marilyn
Organizational Behavior
Bak, Michael
[email protected]
Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
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Bialecki, Dennis M.
[email protected]
Project Management, Operations Management, R&D Management
Bortoff, Scott A.
[email protected]
Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering
Bose, Sudhangshu
(860) 548-5331
[email protected]
Materials Engineering
Brown, Kenneth W.
[email protected]
Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
Brown, Roger H.
(860) 548-2462
[email protected]
Computer Science, Information Technology, and Computer Systems Engineering
Case, Mark B.
[email protected]
Decision Sciences
Clarke, David L.
(860) 565-9395
[email protected]
Computer Science, Software Engineering
Courtney, Patrick
Statistics, Design of Experiments
Dennis, Anthony J.
[email protected]
Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
DiModugno, Louis
Service Management
Donachie, Matthew
J.
[email protected]
Materials Engineering
Downe, Edward
Finance
Eberbach, Eugene
(860) 548-5332
[email protected]
Computer Science and Computer Engineering
Fargo, Richard
[email protected]
Gingerella, Louis
W., Jr.
(860) 548-7803
[email protected]
Accounting, Finance, and Financial Management
Gutierrez-Miravete,
Ernesto
(860) 548-2464
[email protected]
Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Harris, Dale
Accounting, Finance
Hartley, Timothy J.
[email protected]
Computer and Information Sciences
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Hasko, Greg
[email protected]
Composite Materials
Healy, Timothy
Marketing Research, Statistics
Hine, Paul
(860) 548-5350
[email protected]
Lean Six Sigma I and II
Kerr, James M.
Strategy, Global Business
Kline, Gary L.
[email protected]
Computer Science, Software Engineering, and Information Technology
Kousen, Ken
(860) 508-1865
[email protected]
Computer Science, Software Engineering, and Information Technology
Lagasse, Paul
Quantitative Methods
Lally, Robert V.
Taxation for Business and Investment Planning
Lamy, Raymond
Accounting
Lemcoff, Norberto
(860) 548-5356
[email protected]
Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
Luddy, Grace B.
[email protected]
Global Business
Madison, James
[email protected]
Computer and Information Sciences
Maleyeff, John
(860) 548-7870
[email protected]
Decision Science, Operations Management
Marcin, John J.
[email protected]
Materials Engineering
Mesiya, Mohammed
Farooque
(860) 548-5300
[email protected]
Electrical Engineering, Communications, Electrical Power
Mutchler, John
Business Law, Technological Innovation
O'Donovan, Edward Marketing, Project Management
G.
[email protected]
Olynyk, John P.
Project Management
Peteros, Randall G.
(860) 548-5403
[email protected]
Finance, Taxation, Business Law
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Peters, Lael
(860) 548-2438
[email protected]
Organizational Behavior and Information Technology
Peterson, Eric
Strategy, Leadership
Petti, Joseph
Quality Management
Quinn, Joseph W.
Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering
[email protected]
Rainey, David L.
(860) 548-7830
[email protected]
Technology, Innovation, and Business Policy
Resetarits, Paul
Lean Management
Roy, Roland
Business Strategy, International
Russell, Susan A.
[email protected]
Organizational Behavior and Human Resources
Sanderson, Susan
International Operations, Innovation
Scholte, Eelco
Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering
Shemenski, Robert
Engineering Design for Six Sigma
Slimon, Scot
Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
Staroselsky,
Alexander
Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
Stevens, Michael E. Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering; Information Systems
[email protected]
Stodder, James P.
(860) 548-7860
[email protected]
Economics and Finance
Swarr, Thomas
Innovation, Ethics, Sustainability
Tew, David E.
Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
[email protected]
Torrani, Robert
Quality Management
Triscari, Thomas
Project Management, International
Venkateswaran,
Venkat
(860) 548-2458
[email protected]
Decision Science and Systems Engineering
Vidakovic, Steven
International Operations
Wagner, Timothy C. Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
[email protected]
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Kevin Wall
(860) 548-5305
[email protected]
Accounting and Finance
Webster, Steven
Statistics, Quality Management
Younessi, Houman
(860) 548-7880
[email protected]
Information Systems, Computer Science, Software and Systems Engineering,
Financial Engineering
Board of Trustees
Members
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Charles F. Carletta, J.D., Secretary of the Institute and General Counsel, Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute
Virginia C. Gregg, M.S., Vice President for Finance, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Robert E. Palazzo, Ph.D., Provost, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Curtis N. Powell, M.S., Vice President Human Resources, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Corporate Officers
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Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Charles F. Carletta, J.D., Secretary
Lorraine Kammerer, Assistant Secretary
Administration: Hartford Campus
Office of the Dean
Acting Dean, David L. Rainey, Ph.D.
Operations Manager, Lorraine Kammerer
Administrative Specialist, Anita Sladyk
Operations and Logistics
Operations Manager, Lorraine Kammerer
Program Administrator, Angela Buonannata
Office of Student Services
Director, Student Records and Administrative Services, Natalie A. Sutera, M.S.
Administrative Specialist, Florence Josephs
Receptionist, Rosalind Dawson
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Receptionist, Barbara Grady
Receptionist, Ann Montgomery
Receptionist, Traymeshia Story
The Cole Library
Director, Mary S. Dixey, MLS
Instructional Services Librarian, Linda M. Knaack, MLS
Consortium Cataloger, Part-time, Gale Brancato, MLS
Library Assistant, Part-time, Joanne Simmonds, B.S.
Academic Technology and Conference Facilities
Director, Mary S. Dixey, MLS
Conference Facility Coordinator, Deneice J. Davis
Multimedia Producer, Paul Sartini, M.S.
Producer/Operations Coordinator, Karen Silva, B.A.
Enrollment Management
Director, Enrollment Management and Marketing, Kristin E. Galligan, M.S.
Senior Program Manager, Clarence E. Byers, B.S.
Senior Program Manager, Amy H. Cunningham, MBA
Senior Program Manager, Roger E. Lavallee, B.S.
Senior Program Manager, Christa A. Sterling, MBA
Program Manager, Michael Bozzi, M.S.
Program Manager, Donald F. Pendagast III, B.S.
Program Specialist, Jennifer A. Franklin
Program Specialist, Susan Kramer
Financial Aid Office
Senior Student Services and Financial Aid Administrator, John F. Gonyea
Rensselaer Groton Site
Associate Technical Coordinator, Shameka Owens-Hayward, A.S.
Production Assistant, Geoffrey Owens
Production Assistant, Tunnesia Owens, A.S.
Production Assistant, Kelli Lacey
Marketing and Business Development
Business Analyst, Brendan L. Wilson, B.S.
Operations Specialist, Patricia O'Brien, B.S.
Business Analyst, Mark W. Crosskey, B.S.
Data Analyst, Eric Patenaude, B.A.
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Office of Communications
Communications Manager, Thomas J. Bittel, B.A.
Communications Specialist, Robin M. Micket, M.A.
Office of the Registrar
Registrar, Doris M. Matsikas
Supervisor, Student Accounts (Accounts Receivable), Audrey C. Cardillo, A.S.
Operations and Facilities
Manager, Paul J. Murphy, MBA
Technical and Information Services
Director, Brian J. Clement, MBA
Administrative Systems Coordinator, Richard Silva, B.A.
Director, Network Information Systems, Gary Trail, M.S.
Engineer, Lloyd Omphroy
Programmer Analyst/Administrative Systems, Doria DiNino, MBA
Senior Analyst/PC System Administrator, Adam Hechler
System Administrator, Brian Hartlieb, M.S.
Academic Department and Programs
Assistant Dean for Academic Programs, Houman Younessi, Ph.D.
Administrative Specialist, Linda Kresge, B.A.
Lally School of Management and Technology
Area Coordinator, John Maleyeff, Ph.D.
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