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2007-2008
Catalog &
Student Handbook
2007-2008
Rensselaer’s Hartford Campus
and Southeastern Connecticut Site
Graduate Programs
Rensselaer’s Catalog & Student Handbook is an official publication of Rensselaer for its students, faculty,
staff, and friends. It is published by the Office of Communications, 275 Windsor Street, Hartford,
Connecticut 06120-2991.
Notice Regarding Changes All information in this Catalog pertains to the 2007-2008 academic year
and is correct to the extent that the information was available on the Catalog preparation date. However,
Rensselaer reserves the right to change the course offerings, tuition, fees, rules governing admission,
requirements for graduation and the granting of degrees, and any other regulations affecting its students.
Such changes are to take effect whenever the administration deems necessary whether or not there is
actual notice to individual students.
Table of Contents
Welcome to Rensselaer.......................................................................................4
Frequently Asked Questions...............................................................................6
Academic Calendar, Advanced Studies..............................................................8
Educational Resources......................................................................................10
Rensselaer’s Southeastern Connecticut Site .....................................................13
Admissions.......................................................................................................14
Financial Aid....................................................................................................17
Student Financial Services ...............................................................................18
Academic Information and Regulations ...........................................................20
Department of Engineering and Science
Computer Science........................................................................................31
Information Technology ...............................................................................35
Engineering ..................................................................................................38
Lally School of Management and Technology...................................................50
Rensselaer Fellows Program..............................................................................59
International Scholars Program ........................................................................60
Course Descriptions
Computer and Information Sciences ............................................................62
Engineering ..................................................................................................68
Management and Technology ......................................................................77
Alphabetical Course Listing .............................................................................85
Rensselaer’s Centers for Professional Development ..........................................89
Faculty .............................................................................................................91
Administration
Board of Trustees..........................................................................................93
Administration, Rensselaer’s Hartford Campus ............................................93
Outreach Programs, Troy Campus................................................................95
Index................................................................................................................96
Student Handbook ..............................................................................Blue Pages
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Welcome to Rensselaer
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 years. The Hartford Campus and the Southeastern Connecticut 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 high-end, customized,
degree, certificate, and professional
development programs. Program content flows from the heart of 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 a highly 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
Weekend M.B.A., the Elite Master’s Program, and the Rensselaer Fellows Program. 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
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.
Rensselaer now offers the International Scholars Program for recent college graduates. Students complete
four graduate courses in Management or Information Technology at various international locations.
WELCOME TO RENSSELAER
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Rensselaer at Hartford is housed in its own eight-story building on
fifteen landscaped acres in downtown Hartford.
Rensselaer’s Centers for Professional Development
A full 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. Programs generally range from one to five days in
length. Training programs and workshops are available in the areas of leadership and executive development, technical and professional development, and computer and information technology. Specialized
programs reflective of Rensselaer’s research strengths are also available, as well as the quality-focused offerings of the Connecticut Quality Council. 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 pages 89-90
for more information.
Accreditation
Rensselaer is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, by the Board of Governors
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 Manager of Operations and Facilities at (860) 548-5392 or the
Acting Associate Dean for Student Services at (860) 548-2421. Alternative formats of course material
may be provided upon request.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Frequently Asked Questions
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: www.ewp.rpi.edu/hartford/admissions/apponline.html.
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, résumé, and standardized test scores (if requested).
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.
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.
Do you require GMAT or GRE test scores?
Although applicants to the M.B.A. are required to submit GMAT scores, waiver of this requirement may
be granted to part-time applicants. Please refer to the Admissions section for complete details on the
GMAT waiver policy. Please note: the GMAT cannot be waived for full-time M.B.A. candidates.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for our master’s programs in Engineering,
Computer Science, or Information Technology. However, if an applicant’s credentials do not indicate
strong probability of success in a competitive graduate program, a GRE may be required as part of the
admissions process.
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 60-credit M.B.A. 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.
Are your programs accredited?
Yes. Rensselaer is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS) and by
the Board of Governors 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).
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 Saturdays. The Weekend M.B.A. meets on Friday evenings and alternating Saturdays. Each course
meets once a week.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Will I have an advisor?
Each student, whether matriculated or non-matriculated, is assigned a faculty advisor.
How does the M.B.A. differ from the Master of Science in Management?
The M.B.A. is a 60-credit program (20 classes). It consists of 15 core management courses and 5 electives, which can be organized into a concentration. The M.B.A. equips graduates with the skills necessary to assume leadership positions in their organizations.
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, because 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.
Do you require a Thesis for your M.B.A./Management program?
All students enrolled in the M.B.A. 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.
What is the dual degree program?
The dual degree program is a combination of an M.B.A. and an M.S. or M.Eng. program. Taken separately,
the two degrees consist of 90 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.
How many classes can be transferred or waived?
A student in the M.B.A. program may waive up to four classes (12 credit hours) and transfer two (6 credit hours) of appropriate graduate work. The transfer/waiver process must be approved by the faculty advisor and department chair. Transfer courses must be the same subject, depth, and breadth of a course offered
by Rensselaer.
A student in the M.S. program may transfer two graduate courses (6 credit hours) and the same rules apply.
What is the tuition?
Tuition is charged at the rate of $1167 per credit hour of graduate instruction. There are no additional
fees for registration, use of the library, computing facilities, Commencement, parking, or any other
Rensselaer student service.
Do you offer Financial Aid?
Rensselaer participates in the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) 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) 4334723, ext. 2406 to request financial application materials, or read the online Financial Aid Handbook at:
www.ewp.rpi.edu/hartford/finaidhb.
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 Open House. For more information,
please call (860) 548-2420; (800) 433-4723, ext. 2420; or e-mail: [email protected]
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Academic Calendar,
Advanced Studies
NOTE: Students in cohort programs should refer to the specific calendar distributed for their program.
Fall Term 2007
July 2 - Monday
Fall 2007 registration begins
August 3 - Friday
Application deadline for Fall 2007
new students
October 5 - Friday
Degree Applications due in the
Office of the Registrar for
December 2007 graduates
December 7 - Friday
Application deadline for Spring
2008 new students
December 13 - Thursday
Classes and exams end
August 20 - Monday
Registration deadline for Fall 2007
- tuition due
October 26 - Friday
Last day to request Thesis or
Project Defense and to submit
copy to advisor
August 29 - Wednesday
New Student Welcome Reception
November 12 - Monday
Spring 2008 registration begins
December 21 - Friday
Registration deadline for Spring
2008 - tuition due
September 3 - Monday
Labor Day - no classes,
facilities closed
November 16 - Friday
Last day to submit approved
Thesis or Project
December 25 - Tuesday
Christmas holiday
- facilities closed
September 4 - Tuesday
Classes begin
November 22-23 Thursday and Friday
Thanksgiving recess - no classes,
facilities closed
December 28 - Friday
Official date of December degree
award (Degrees will be available in
February 2008)
September 25 - Tuesday
Drop Deadline (Last day to drop
a course without full financial
penalty) - Registration cancelled if
tuition not paid
December 17 - Monday
Grades due
November 26 - Monday
Classes resume
Dates in the Academic Calendar are subject to change.
The calendar for distributed education courses originating at the Troy campus will be coordinated with the
Education for Working Professionals office in Troy.
2007
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M
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JULY
T W R
3 4 5
10 11 12
17 18 19
24 25 26
31
F
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S M
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AUGUST
T W R
1 2
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14 15 16
21 22 23
28 29 30
F
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31
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SEPTEMBER
S M T W R F
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OCTOBER
T W R
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16 17 18
23 24 25
30 31
F
5
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NOVEMBER
S M T W R F
1 2
4 5 6 7 8 9
11 12 13 14 15 16
18 19 20 21 22 23
25 26 27 28 29 30
APRIL
S M T W R
1 2 3
6 7 8 9 10
13 14 15 16 17
20 21 22 23 24
27 28 29 30
F
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MAY
S M T W R
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25 26 27 28 29
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S M
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14 15
21 22
28 29
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DECEMBER
S M T W R F
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JUNE
W R
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11 12
18 19
25 26
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DECEMBER
T W R F
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30 31
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2008
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JANUARY
T W R
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29 30 31
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JULY
W R
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9 10
16 17
23 24
30 31
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S M T
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13 14 15
20 21 22
27 28 29
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FEBRUARY
M T W R F
1
4 5 6 7 8
11 12 13 14 15
18 19 20 21 22
25 26 27 28 29
AUGUST
S M T W R
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MARCH
S M T W R
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31
S M
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14 15
21 22
28 29
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SEPTEMBER
T W R F
2 3 4 5
9 10 11 12
16 17 18 19
23 24 25 26
30
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29
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OCTOBER
S M T W R
1 2
5 6 7 8 9
12 13 14 15 16
19 20 21 22 23
26 27 28 29 30
F
2
9
16
23
30
NOVEMBER
S M T W R F
2
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30
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ACADEMIC CALENDAR
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Spring Term 2008
January 1, 2008 - Tuesday
New Year’s Holiday
- facilities closed
January 3 - Thursday
New Student Welcome Reception
January 7 - Monday
Classes begin
January 21 - Monday
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- no classes, facilities closed
January 29 - Tuesday
Drop Deadline
(Last day to drop a course
without full financial penalty)
- Registration cancelled if
tuition is not paid
February 8 - Friday
Degree Applications due in
Office of the Registrar for
May 2008 graduates
February 18- Monday
Presidents’ Day
- no classes, facilities closed
February 19 - Tuesday
Classes resume
(Follow Monday class schedule.
No Tuesday classes this week.)
March 7 - Friday
Last day to request Thesis or
Project Defense and to submit
copy to advisor
March 17 - Monday
Summer 2008
registration begins
April 4 - Friday
Last day to submit approved
Thesis or Project
April 11 - Friday
Application deadline for Summer
2008 new students
April 17 - Thursday
Classes and exams end
April 21 - Monday
Grades due
April 28 - Monday
Registration deadline for
Summer 2008 - tuition due
May 17 - Saturday
Commencement
(Troy, New York)
June 7 - Saturday
Commencement
(Hartford Campus)
Summer Term 2008
May 12 - Monday
Classes begin
July 7 - Monday
Fall 2008 registration begins
August 20 - Wednesday
Grades due
May 26 - Monday
Memorial Day
- no classes, facilities closed
July 11 - Friday
Last day to request Thesis or
Project Defense and to submit
copy to advisor
August 29 - Friday
Official date of August degree
award (Degrees will be available
in October 2008)
June 3 - Tuesday
Drop Deadline(Last day to
drop a course without full
financial penalty)
- Registration cancelled if
tuition not paid
June 13 - Friday
Degree Applications due in
Office of the Registrar for
August 2008 graduates
July 1 - July 5
No classes
July 4 - Friday
Independence Day
- facilities closed
July 25 - Friday
Last day to submit approved
Thesis or Project
August 1 - Friday
Application deadline for
Fall 2008 new students
August 16 - Saturday
Classes and exams end
August 18 - Monday
Registration deadline for
Fall 2008
- tuition due
Fall Term 2008
August 27 - Wednesday
New Student Welcome Reception
September 1 - Monday
Labor Day - facilities closed
September 2 - Tuesday
Classes begin
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TECHNICAL AND INFORMATION SERVICES
Educational Resources
HARTFORD CAMPUS
Technical and Information Services
Director: Brian J. Clement
Rensselaer has diverse computing resources that rival or exceed 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 fileservers using a client-server model, combined
with high-speed networking. Using this model enables us to provide a multi-user computing environment
that is capable of handling demanding database management and compute-intensive applications for students and staff.
A variety of computing facilities, general access labs, and technology classrooms 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 7206 and 3600 routers and Catalyst 6500, 2950, 3500 and 2960 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 redundant, high-speed connections to the Troy campus and a gigabit connection to the Connecticut Education Network (CEN). An additional T1 links Hartford to the
Southeastern Connecticut Site. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) service is available for secure remote
access to internal campus resources.
Wireless Access (802.1b/g) is available at the Hartford Campus. All wireless connections are secured either
using PEAP/GTC 802.1x security protocols or via a wireless VPN service. The following areas feature wireless access: Level 2 (Plaza Building, Cafeteria, and courtyard), Level 3, Level 4, Level 5 (Cole Library) and
Level 7 with additional areas and full campus coverage planned within a year.
The Hartford student file server is a Sun Microsystems’ Enterprise 450, a high-performance, four-processor server with 362 GB of raid disk storage. Additional file service for faculty, staff, and the Southeastern
Connecticut Site is provided by a Sun Enterprise 220R file server. In addition, Sun Enterprise 450, V120,
V240, V440, V480, and V1280 servers supply specialized network services and Web access. To complete
the computing environment, the Hartford Campus has high-speed, publication-quality printers. All printers are networked and accessible throughout the building.
Personal Computer Laboratories
Students have access to several PC-based laboratories and technology classrooms. These facilities are located on the first, second, fourth, and sixth levels of the main building, in the Cole Library, and at the
Southeastern Connecticut 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 avail-
DISTRIBUTED EDUCATION AND MULTIMEDIA
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able for individual student use when they are not reserved for classes. Contact TIS for availability of PCbased labs and the technology classrooms.
UNIX Workstation Laboratory and Classroom
The UNIX workstation laboratory on Level 1 and classroom on Level 2 contain SunBlade 1500 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, large amounts
of 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.
Distributed Education and Multimedia
The Distributed Education and Multimedia Department provides the instructional technology infrastructure for the educational programs offered. The Department is responsible for distributed education, multimedia design and production,
multimedia classrooms and auditoriums, and audiovisual services. The Department’s production, technical, and logistic staff
provide comprehensive instructional design, production, and
technology services.
Faculty and training staff from a number of disciplines and producers from the Distributed Education and Multimedia
Department work together to integrate proven content with
instructional strategies designed to make effective use of distributed education technology. These design activities are complemented by the technical and logistic
support provided by department staff. These efforts provide the exceptional instruction integrated with
advanced instructional techniques, delivery systems, and support. The result is rich and rigorous instruction at a location convenient to the student.
Students choose to participate in courses offered via distributed education because they:
• Appreciate having classes offered at a site close to work and home.
• Understand the value of interacting with human and technical resources available beyond the traditional classroom.
• Want to gain competence and confidence using interactive technologies that are becoming common in
the workplace.
• Recognize and appreciate the value of the wide range of experiences provided using distributed education.
• Enjoy participating in using advanced instructional technologies including both synchronous and asynchronous instruction.
In addition to distributed education activities, the Distributed Education and Multimedia Department
staff are responsible for a variety of other instructional technologies and facilities including auditoriums,
multimedia classrooms, and audiovisual services. They design and produce single and multimedia instructional materials for use in classes and training programs where technology is integrated into the instructional process. These integrated technologies include internet broadcasts, Web-based materials, computer and video projection, video conferencing, audiovisual, and interactive multimedia technologies.
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THE COLE LIBRARY
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 55,000 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 Web site provides access to both regional academic library catalogs and those
across the nation. 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
(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 computing 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 course-related 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.
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Southeastern Connecticut Site
Courses leading to the Master of Business
Administration; Master of Science in
Management, Computer Science, and
Engineering Science; Master of Science or
Master of Engineering in Mechanical
Engineering and Electrical Engineering; and
Master of Engineering in Computer and
Systems Engineering are offered at the
Southeastern Connecticut Site. Rensselaer has
been serving students and corporations in
southeastern Connecticut since 1977.
The Southeastern Connecticut Site is located
at the Trails Corner Professional Center at 618
Poquonnock Road in Groton. All student services are available at the Administrative Office.
Cole Library Services
Both faculty and students are asked to refer
to www.ewp.rpi.edu./library/groton.htm for an introduction to services provided by the Cole Library.
Resources are available to Southeastern Connecticut students through the Cole Library Web site at:
www.ewp.rpi.edu/library. The Southeastern Connecticut Site has twelve PCs and four Sun Workstations
which allows students complete access to all databases in Hartford. Books borrowed from the Hartford
collection are delivered to the Southeastern Connecticut Site by shuttle and students may pick them up
at the Administrative Office. Contact the Cole Library for assistance at (860) 548-2490; (800) 4334723, ext. 2490; e-mail: [email protected]; or visit our home page: www.ewp.rpi.edu/library.
Technical and Information Services
The computing facilities at the Southeastern Connecticut Site have hardware and software resources
consistent with those available in Hartford. Students have access to one computing classroom with
eighteen PCs and a lab with one Sun workstation, two PCs, a printer, and network access. Each system
has a myriad of software applications installed and is connected to the Hartford Campus local area network, providing access to the Internet as well as file and print services. The Southeastern Connecticut
Site fileserver is a Sun Ultra Server with 100 GB of storage space. The computing facilities are located
on the second floor of the Trails Corner Professional Center.
Distributed Education and Multimedia
The distributed education facilities at the Trails Corner Professional Center are designed to send and receive
courses at the Southeastern Connecticut Site. Three interactive compressed video send and receive rooms
with audio and video systems are available. One multimedia computer classroom is available for classes,
which may also be configured for distributed education. Distributed Education and Multimedia staff assist
with the technical and logistical aspects of these classes and provide audiovisual support.
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Admissions
General Information for All Applicants
Early submission of applications is encouraged and
applications are due thirty (30) days prior to the
start of the term or program, as indicated in the
Academic Calendar (please see page 8). Degree
and nonmatriculated (nondegree status) applicants have different application requirements.
Please read the section that pertains to you. If you
are interested in nonmatriculated status at this
time, but may wish to matriculate in the future,
then please read both sections. Application forms
and complete application instructions are available
by calling the Office of Enrollment Management
at (860) 548-2420; (800) 433-4723, ext. 2420; or
e-mail: [email protected] You can also apply online at: www.rpi.edu/ewp.
Degree Applicants
An applicant may request degree admission if he or she has received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate institution and has demonstrated a strong academic record. Credentials will be reviewed
to determine whether the applicant has the necessary qualifications and meets the competitive admissions
standards established by Rensselaer. Please refer to the Checklist of Application Credentials needed to
complete your file which can be found on page III in the application package. Degree-seeking applicants
may be admitted with conditions. Admission and continued enrollment depend upon the satisfactory fulfillment of the stated conditions.
Nonmatriculated Applicants (Nondegree Applicants)
The applicant who wishes to undertake graduate course work to improve his or her knowledge in a specific area but not follow a degree program is considered for nonmatriculated status. An applicant may request
admission as a nonmatriculated student if he or she has received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited
undergraduate institution and meets the admissions standards established by Rensselaer. It does not represent a conditional admission to any degree program, nor does it guarantee later degree admission. If the ultimate academic goal is a master’s degree, then applicants should apply for degree status at the outset.
Admission for nondegree students is granted if the supporting documents indicate strong academic achievement and demonstrate that the applicant has the necessary preparation for the desired course(s). To apply,
an applicant must submit an application form indicating the requested course or courses; application processing fee; an unofficial copy of the bachelor’s (or post-baccalaureate) degree transcript showing all courses, grades, and award of the degree; a current résumé, and proof of immunization as required by Connecticut
State law. If the transcript is not sufficient for a decision, the Office of Enrollment Management may request
additional supporting documents such as references or results from standardized admissions tests.
Applicants with Postbaccalaureate Degrees
Applicants who have been awarded a postbaccalaureate degree (i.e., M.S., M.B.A., J.D., Ph.D., etc.) may
be eligible to participate in the Rensselaer special admissions process. Please call the Office of Enrollment
Management at (860) 548-2420 or (800) 433-4723, ext. 2420 to discuss your particular circumstances.
International Applicants
To receive complete information on the credentials needed to apply, please write or call: Office of
Enrollment Management, 275 Windsor Street, Hartford, CT 06120-2991 U.S.A.; (860) 548-2420; (800)
433-4723, ext. 2420; or e-mail: [email protected] All international applicants must demonstrate English
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language proficiency by submitting a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 600
on the paper based test, 250 on the computer based test, or 100 on the Internet based test.
Lally School of Management and Technology GMAT Requirement and Waiver
Policy for M.B.A. Candidates
The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is one component given consideration in the admissions decision for applicants to the Management and Technology M.B.A. program. There are certain occasions when other graduate admissions examinations such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are
accepted in place of the GMAT. For example, applicants for a dual degree such as the M.B.A. and
Engineering or the M.B.A. and Computer Science may submit GRE scores if desired.
A GMAT score must be presented as part of the admissions file. However, a waiver of this requirement
may be granted to part-time applicants if the candidate presents:
• Significant analytical background as evidenced by strong undergraduate course work and grades
and
• 2-5 years of progressively responsible work experience as indicated on the requested résumé.
or
• A relevant graduate degree.
Those applicants wishing to pursue a full-time course of study (12 credit hours or more each term) will be
required to submit GMAT scores with only rare exception.
The GMAT is not required for applicants to the M.S. degree in Management. However, students concerned about the competitiveness of their academic background may wish to take the GMAT exam to
obtain an additional academic credential.
Background Preparation for Master of Science in Computer Science and
Nonmatriculated Computer Science Applicants
Depending on academic background and professional experience, some students may be required to begin
their studies with one or more of the following prerequisite “immigration” courses. These courses will be
taken in addition to the standard 30 credits needed for degree completion:
CISH-4960 Introduction to Computer Programming
CISH-4010 Discrete Mathematics
CISH-4020 Object Structures
CISH-4030 Structured Computer Architecture
Students with immigration courses as prerequisites may be admitted conditionally. Since these are 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.
Background Preparation for Master of Science in Information Technology (IT) and
Nonmatriculated IT Applicants
Depending on academic background and professional experience, some students may be required to begin
their studies with one or more of the following prerequisite “immigration” courses. These courses will be
taken in addition to the standard 30 credits needed for degree completion:
CISH-4960 Introduction to Computer Programming
CISH-4010 Discrete Mathematics
CISH-4020 Object Structures
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ADMISSIONS
Students with immigration courses as prerequisites may be admitted conditionally. Since these are 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.
Background Preparation for Engineering Applicants
All Engineering applicants are expected to have earned a Bachelor of Science degree from an ABET
accredited college or university. The Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BET) is not generally appropriate for master’s level courses or degree programs in Engineering. If you hold a BET degree and are
interested in courses and/or a degree in Engineering, please refer to the General Engineering Requirements
listed on pages 40, 41, 43, 46, and 48. If you do not yet have the background indicated for a particular
Engineering discipline, please call the Office of Enrollment Management at (860) 548-2420 or (800) 4334723, ext. 2420 to discuss your particular circumstances. In certain instances, you may be required to
submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Engineering Test or to pursue further
instruction in order to meet these background requirements.
Students gather with family and friends for the traditional
post-graduation picnic at the Hartford campus.
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Financial Aid
Financial Aid Officer: John F. Gonyea
Rensselaer offers a range of programs and resources to help you effectively manage graduate educational
expenses. While many companies offer their employees tuition reimbursement, the amount and timing of
this benefit vary tremendously from company to company. Full tuition may not be covered, payment may
be made to a student only after grades are issued, and taxes (on tuition above $5,250 for the year) also may
be withheld. Whether you anticipate a cash flow problem or your needs go deeper than that, we have a program designed specifically for you. Please call John Gonyea in the Financial Aid Office at (860) 548-2406
or (800) 433-4723, ext. 2406 to request financial information and application materials, or visit our Web
site at: www.ewp.rpi.edu for financial aid information.
Student Loans
The Federal Family Education Loan Program has certain basic eligibility criteria. For instance, you must
be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, degree-seeking, and must maintain half-time enrollment (six credit hours) each term of the loan period. Evidence of financial need is not necessary for a graduate student
to borrow up to $20,500 each academic year (limited only by the actual cost of attendance). Demonstrated
financial need, however, is necessary for up to $8,500 of this amount to be subsidized (i.e., accrue no interest while you are enrolled half-time).
For loans first disbursed on or after 7/1/06, the fixed interest rate will be 6.8%.
The U.S. Department of Education has set up an Office of the Ombudsman to work with student loan
borrowers to informally resolve loan disputes and problems. To contact Ombudsman Debra Wiley’s office,
please use the toll-free number (877) 557-2575 or visit their Web site at: www.ombudsman.ed.gov. For
instructions on how to return Federal Loan funds (for students who withdraw completely from this institution), please contact the Financial Aid Office.
Student Loan Deferments
In-school deferment requests should be submitted to the Financial Aid Office. Enrollment is certified on
a term-by-term basis immediately following the posted add/drop deadline. Loan deferment usually requires
certification of both half-time enrollment plus degree-seeking status. Perkins loans generally require that
deferment forms be completed each term. Students considering deferment should be aware of the following definitions:
• Part-time status (i.e. less than half-time): one to five credit hours per term
• Half-time status: six to eleven credit hours per term
• Full-time status: twelve or more credit hours per term
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STUDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES
Student Financial Services
Manager, Financial Services: Natalie A. Sutera
Supervisor, Student Accounts: Audrey C. Cardillo
Tuition and Fees
Beginning with the Fall 2007 term, tuition for advanced studies programs is $1167 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.
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 Student Accounts located on Level 6 in the Financial Services office on
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 - Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday,
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other arrangements can also be made by contacting
Student Accounts directly at (860) 548-2413.
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.
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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 on page 18.
Tuition Refunds
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.
At Commencement exercises, the graduates are recognized for their achievements
and welcomed into the Rensselaer alumni community.
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ACADEMIC INFORMATION AND REGULATIONS
Academic Information
and Regulations
Registrar: Doris M. Matsikas
Registration
Students must register 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 register in advance. Registration procedures are available online at:
www.ewp.rpi.edu/hartford/portal/currstu/webreg.
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 60 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 the Assistant Registrar 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:
• 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.
• 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 (M.B.A.) limit to complete degree requirements. Graduate students requesting readmission must receive the prior approval of the Assistant Dean for Academic Programs.
A student reapplies by completing the Rensselaer application. Resubmission of letters of recommendation
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and official transcripts is 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 Enrollment Management will require the appropriate official transcripts.
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 Assistant Dean for Academic Programs and
faculty advisor. 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
request a Withdrawal form and submit it 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 recommended that students contact the faculty advisor during their first term.
All students are required to complete a plan with their advisor’s approval by the completion of their second
course. If no plan is on file, 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 Assistant Dean for Academic Programs.
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.
In addition to assisting in academic program planning, faculty advisors are aware of Rensselaer policies
that 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.
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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:
1) A student may add a course, make a section change, or drop a course either online during Web
Registration or by completing the Add/Drop Form after Web Registration ends (first day of classes).
2) 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.
3) 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
nonpunitive grade of “W” (Withdrawn), and the student is charged full tuition.
4) 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.
5) 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.
6) A veteran who changes his or her original credit-hour load within a term, or who withdraws, must
notify the Veterans Coordinator immediately.
7) 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 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 (Nonmatriculated 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
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Plan of Study Form, and 3) the remaining documents required to complete the formal application as
shown in the “Checklist of Required Application Materials” (see page III in Application package). Note
that the documents required for admission to degree status vary by department. Admission to degree
status is subject to the approval of the Assistant Dean for Academic Programs.
2) Returning After an Absence
Students in good standing who have been inactive for one or more academic years 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.
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 Alumnus 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 Assistant Dean for Academic Programs.
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 Assistant Dean for Academic
Programs. A student who petitions to change his or her curriculum must satisfactorily fulfill current
admissions and program requirements.
5) Dual Degree
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.
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Veterans’ Benefits
Veterans’ Coordinator: John F. Gonyea
Rensselaer degree programs are approved for the training of veterans. If you believe you are eligible for
education benefits, please contact the Veterans Coordinator at (860) 548-2406 or [email protected] and
request an Application for Education Benefits form. Or, you can complete this form online by going to the
Veterans online application Web site at: www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/. If you already have a Certificate
of Eligibility, a copy of this document should be submitted to the Veterans Coordinator. If you previously
have received veterans’ education benefits while attending another institution, please ask for a Request
for Change of Program or Training Location form. Once completed, this form will be submitted to the
Veterans Administration (VA) Regional Processing Office with your Enrollment Certification.
Each term you should notify the Veterans Coordinator that you are applying for veterans’ benefits.
Enrollment Certification forms are forwarded to the VA Regional Office immediately following the posted add/drop deadline.
For additional information on veterans’ education benefits, please visit the VA Web site at: www.gibill.va.gov
or call their education information hotline at (888) 442-4551.
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.
Credit by Transfer, Examination, and Waiver
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, and the course has not been credited toward an undergraduate degree. 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 graduate-level
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 and 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 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.
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Validation Examination
In certain instances, a Validation Examination may be given to establish course credit for proficiency
acquired in an area of specialization.
A matriculated student in good standing may petition his or her department for permission to satisfy a program requirement by means of a Validation Examination and to replace the required course with an
approved elective. Under no circumstances may credit by Validation Examination be counted toward satisfying the residency requirement.
Validation Examinations must be approved in advance by the academic department Chair and are administered by the instructor of the course for which credit is desired. Validation Examinations are not permitted for courses previously failed or audited. The examination fee is $75. Forms and information concerning the exam fee are available from the Office of the Registrar.
Waiver
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.
Courses required for M.S. degrees may be waived only with substitution. M.S. students requesting waiver(s) must fill out Plan of Study and Request for Waiver with Substitution Forms indicating 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.
Waivers for credit apply only to the M.B.A. degree and are limited to a maximum of twelve credit hours.
M.B.A. students requesting waiver(s) must fill out a Plan of Study Form and Request for Waiver Form indicating 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 Assistant Dean for Academic Programs 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 on page 20.
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Grading System
Please note that +/– grading will be implemented as follows:
• +/– grading is now used for all 6000- and 7000-level courses
• Beginning Fall 2007, +/– grading will be used for all 4000- and 5000-level courses
Letter grades and their meanings are:
A
A–
B+
B
B–
C+
C
C–
F
I
W
AU
U
IP
S
Z
NE
FA
WI
Excellent
Excellent
Good
Good
Good
Average
Average
Average
Failed
Incomplete course work
Withdrawn
Audit
Unsatisfactory in a satisfactory/unsatisfactory graded course
In Progress (multiple-term course)
Satisfactory in a satisfactory/unsatisfactory graded course
Grade unknown--see instructor
Not Examined
Failed (due to administrative reasons)
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.
The “I” grade is given only in instances of truly incomplete class work, such as laboratory exercises, course
projects, term papers, etc.
Under no circumstances may the “I” grade be given for the following situations:
•
•
•
•
Absence from a final exam
Student on class list who never attended class
Student who wishes to do additional post-term work to improve a grade
Student who wishes to repeat the course as an auditor, retaking examinations, etc., to improve a grade
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The work for which the “I” grade was given must be completed within one term. If facilities or special
resources are required to complete the outstanding work, but are not available during the next term, then
one year is the maximum time limit, subject to the approval of the instructor.
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.” 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.”
IP Grade
The “IP” (In Progress) grade is given at the end of the 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 and 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.
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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 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.
Institutional Requirements
A candidate for a master’s degree must:
• 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 (60 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 (refer to page 20).
• 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 six, but no more than nine credit hours are allowed for a master’s thesis or project. 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 proj-
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Grade Calculations*
Grade
Contributes
To Quality
Hours
Quality
Points Earned
Prior to
Fall 2005
Quality
Points Earned
Effective
Fall 2005
Contributes
To Earned
Hours
Temporary
Grade
Grade
Interpretation
A
AB+
B
BC+
C
CF
I
W
AU
U
IP
S
Z
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
4.00
NA
NA
3.00
NA
NA
2.00
NA
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4.00
3.67
3.33
3.00
2.67
2.33
2.00
1.67
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
NE
No
0
0
No
Yes
FA
Yes
0
0
No
No
WI
Yes
0
0
No
No
Excellent
Excellent
Good
Good
Good
Average
Average
Average
Failed
Incomplete
Withdrawn
Audit
Unsatisfactory
In Progress
Satisfactory
Grade Unknown
(Grade due, but
not submitted)
Not Examined
(Missed Final
Exam)
Failed due to
administrative
reasons
Failed
(Did not complete
course that was
previously graded
incomplete)
*Prior to Fall 2005: +/- Grading not implemented
+/- Grading Implementation Schedule:
Fall 2005: 6000 and 7000 level courses
Fall 2007: 4000 and 5000 level courses
ect 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” that 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 classes in the term in which the degree is to be awarded.
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.
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 must register for EWP Degree Completion
(course number ADMN-5030H01). This no-credit designation carries a $50 administrative fee.
Commencement exercises are held on the grounds of Rensselaer’s Hartford Campus in June 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. Graduates may also attend Commencement on
the Troy Campus in May. Please see the Academic Calendar for specific dates.
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, or 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 the 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
Computer Science
Computer Science - Full-time Faculty
Faculty
Position
Degree and Institution
Brown, Roger H.
Clinical Assistant Professor
M.S.E.E., University of Illinois
Teaching Area
Networks, Security
Eberbach, Eugene
Clinical Associate Professor
Ph.D., Warsaw University of Technology
Theoretical Computer
Science, AI and
Intelligent Systems,
Database
Pawlak, Renaud
Clinical Assistant Professor
Ph.D., French National Institute
of Arts and Crafts (France)
Software Engineering
Younessi, Houman
Clinical Professor
Ph.D., Swinburne University of
Technology (Australia)
Software Engineering
Research Methods
Computer Science - Adjunct Faculty
Adjunct Faculty
Position
Degree and Institution
Teaching Area
Blough, R. Thomas
Adjunct Professor
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Industrial Automation
Clarke, David L.
Adjunct Professor
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Operating Systems,
Compiler Design
Exley, Gerard
Adjunct Professor
Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Networks, Discrete
Mathematics
Kousen, Kenneth A.
Adjunct Professor
Ph.D., Princeton University
Java; Object-Oriented
Concepts, Analysis
and Design
LaBarre, Robert E.
Adjunct Professor
Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Mathematics and
Complexity
Madison, James
Adjunct Professor
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Software Engineering/IT
McCarthy, Charles F.
Adjunct Professor
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Mathematics
Myers, Mark R.
Adjunct Professor
Ph.D., Cornell University
Computability and
Complexity
Stevens, Michael
Adjunct Professor
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Software Engineering/IT
Weatherby, Gerard
Adjunct Professor
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Object-Oriented
Programming
and Design
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DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE
Master of Science in Computer Science
Applicants are assumed to have knowledge of computer concepts and programming in a high-level language
(e.g., C, Pascal). 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 Seminar),
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:
CISH-4210 Operating Systems
CISH-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-6902 Computer Science Seminar (for students admitted after Summer 2004)
Computer Science and Other Electives (9 credits)
With the exception of the immigration courses, all courses with the designation CISH or CSCI and most
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 CSCI6960 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-6902 Computer Science Seminar
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 on pages 33 and 34. 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]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE
Database Systems
CISH-4380 Database Systems
Select any three of the following courses:
CSCI-6460 Advanced Database Management Topics
CISH-6110 Object-Oriented Database Systems
CISH-6120 Distributed Database Systems
CISH-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
CISH-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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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:
•
•
•
•
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
A student lacking a background in any of the above areas may need to take one or more of the following
immigration courses:
• 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:
•
•
•
•
•
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 page 36 for a list of these areas.)
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.”
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DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE
Core Courses
The core areas include database systems, telecommunications, software design, management of technology, and human-computer interaction.
IT Core Area
Course Number and Name
Term(s) Offered
Database Systems
CISH-4380 Database Systems
Spring
Telecommunications
ECSE-4670 Computer Communication Networks
Fall / Spring
Software Design
ECSE-6770 Software Engineering I
Fall
Management of
Technology
MGMT-6810 Management of Technical Projects
Fall / Spring
Human-Computer
Interaction
COMM-6420 Foundations of HCI Usability
Fall
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 at:
www.ewp.rpi.edu/does/it_degree.html.
•
•
•
•
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:
•
•
•
•
ECSE-6660 Broadband and Optical Networking
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):
•
•
•
•
CSCI-6460 Advanced Database Management Topics
CISH-6110 Object-Oriented Database Systems
CISH-6120 Distributed Database Systems
CISH-6960 Data Warehouse Systems
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Software Design
Requirements: IT Core course in Software Design, at least three of the following courses, plus a
culminating experience:
•
•
•
•
ECSE-6780 Software Engineering II
CISH-6010 Object-Oriented Programming and Design
CISH-6050 Software Engineering Management
CISH-6510 Web Application Design and Development
Management Information System
Requirements: IT Core course in Management, at least three of the following courses, plus a
culminating experience:
•
•
•
•
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 advisor:
• Master’s Project (ITEC-6980, 3-6 credits)
• Computer Science Seminar (CISH-6902, 3 credits)
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DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE
Engineering
Engineering - Full-time Faculty
Faculty
Position
Degree and Institution
Brown, Roger H.
Clinical Assistant Professor
M.S.E.E., University of Illinois
Teaching Area
Networks, Security
Cassenti, Brice N.
Clinical Associate Professor
Ph.D., Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn
Mathematics, Dynamics,
Applied Mechanics
Gutierrez-Miravete,
Ernesto
Clinical Associate Professor
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute
of Technology
Modeling and
Simulation,
Metal Processing
Mesiya, Mohammed F.
Clinical Associate Professor
Ph.D., Queen’s University (Canada)
Communications,
Networks
Younessi, Houman
Clinical Professor
Ph.D., Swinburne University
of Technology (Australia)
Systems Engineering
Engineering - Faculty Emeritus
Faculty Emeritus
Position
Degree and Institution
Krahula, Joseph L.
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Illinois
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 and Systems,
Embedded Systems
Bose, Sudha
Adjunct Professor
Ph.D., University of California
at Berkeley
Metallurgy, Coatings,
Hi-Temp, Ceramics
Brown, Kenneth W.
Adjunct Professor
Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Finite Element Methods
Dennis, Anthony J.
Adjunct Professor
Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Applied Mechanics
Donachie, Matthew J., Jr. Adjunct Professor
Sc.D., Massachusetts Institute
of Technology
Metallurgy
Fazil, Hussain M.
Adjunct Professor
Ph.D., Penn State
Controls, Networks
LaBarre, Robert E.
Adjunct Professor
Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Mathematics
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
Quinn, Joseph W.
Adjunct Professor
M.S., Trinity College
DSP, Instrumentation
Measurement,
Probability
Tew, David E.
Adjunct Professor
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute
of Technology
Theory of Potential
Flow, Turbulence
Wagner, Timothy C.
Adjunct Professor
Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute
and State University
Radiation Heat
Transfer, Propulsion
ENGINEERING
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Engineering
Rensselaer offers an engineering curriculum 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 at Hartford. 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 HighTemperature 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.
The following engineering degrees are awarded:
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:
• 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 60006990 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 Assistant Dean for Academic Programs 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 as stipulated by the Board of Governors
for Higher Education of the State of Connecticut. It may be fulfilled by either of the following:
• 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.
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DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE
Electrical Engineering
The 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 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 Electrical Engineering Background Requirements.
Electrical Engineering Background Requirements
• 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:
• Digital Communications and Signal Processing
• Control Systems
• Communication Networks
M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering Program Requirements
The Master of Engineering degree is awarded on successful completion of the following:
Required Core (15 credits)
ECSE-6400 Systems Analysis Techniques
ECSE-6510 Introduction to Stochastic Signals
and Systems
ECSE-6560 Digital Communications Engineering
ECSE-6620 Digital Signal Processing
ECSE-6980 Engineering Project
Electives (15 credits)
ECSE-4440 Control Systems Engineering
ECSE-4490 Fundamentals of Robotics
ECSE-4670 Computer
Communication Networks
ECSE-4770 Computer Hardware Design
ECSE-6050 Advanced Electronic Circuits
ECSE-6410 Robotics and Automation 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
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Electrical Engineering Electives, continued
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)
Example Curricula for Three Areas of Specialization
Digital Communications and Signal Processing
ECSE-4670 Computer Communications
Networks
ECSE-6400 Systems Analysis Techniques
ECSE-6510 Introduction to Stochastic Signals
and Systems
ECSE-6560 Digital Communications Engineering
ECSE-6620 Digital Signal Processing
Control Systems
ECSE-4440 Control Systems Engineering
ECSE-4490 Fundamentals of Robotics
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
Communication Networks
ECSE-4670 Computer Communications
Networks
ECSE-6400 Systems Analysis Techniques
ECSE-6510 Introduction to Stochastic Signals
and Systems
ECSE-6560 Digital Communications Engineering
ECSE-6620 Digital Signal Processing
ECSE-6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering,
LANs, MANs, and Internetworking
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
ECSE-6510 Introduction to Stochastic Signals
and Systems
ECSE-6560 Digital Communications Engineering
ECSE-6620 Digital Signal Processing
ECSE-6980 Engineering Project
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 (pages 39-41), 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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DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE
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
Required Core (15 credits)
CSCI-4210 Operating Systems
or ECSE-4440 Control Systems Engineering
ECSE-4670 Computer Communication
Networks
ECSE-6510 Introduction to Stochastic Signals
and Systems
ECSE-6620 Digital Signal Processing
ECSE-6980 Engineering Project
ENGINEERING
Electives (15 credits)
ECSE-4490 Fundamentals of Robotics
ECSE-4770 Computer Hardware Design
ECSE-6050 Advanced Electronic Circuits
ECSE-6410 Robotics and Automation 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
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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-6230 Network Management
CISH-6320 GUI Building
CISH-6510 Web Application Design
and Development
Sample Curricula for Four Areas of Specialization
Digital Communications and Signal Processing
ECSE-4670 Computer Communications Networks
ECSE 4440 Control Systems Engineering
ECSE-6400 Systems Analysis Techniques
ECSE-6510 Introduction to Stochastic Signals
and Systems
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
or 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 Fundamentals of Robotics
ECSE-4670 Computer Communications
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-6510 Introduction to Stochastic Signals
and Systems
ECSE-6620 Digital Signal Processing
ECSE-6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering,
Mechatronics
ECSE-6980 Engineering Project
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Computer Communication Networks
ECSE-4670 Computer Communications
Networks
ECSE-6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering,
LANs, MANs, and Internetworking
ECSE-4440 Control Systems Engineering
ECSE-6510 Introduction to Stochastic Signals
and Systems
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
CSCI-4210 Operating Systems
ECSE-4670 Computer Communications
Networks
ECSE-6510 Introduction to Stochastic Signals
and Systems
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-6320 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:
•
•
•
•
•
•
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.
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Mechanical Engineering
The Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
degrees 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
•
•
•
•
•
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 (two terms)
Students lacking any of the above courses must work closely with their advisor to devise a plan for
corrective action.
Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering Program Requirements
The Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering degree is awarded upon 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
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 speciality area(s).
Specialty Area: Solids
MANE-6200 Plates and Shells
MANE-4240 Introduction to Finite Elements
MANE-6960 Advanced Topics in Finite
MANE-4610 Vibrations
Element Analysis
MANE-4650 Fracture Mechanics
MANE-6180 Mechanics of Composite Materials
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
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DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE
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
Sample 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)
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
ENGINEERING
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
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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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DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE
Engineering Graduate Certificate Programs
For working professionals not seeking to complete a 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
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-6400 Systems Analysis Techniques
ECSE-6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering:
Mechatronics
ECSE-6960 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.
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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.
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
Assistant Dean for Academic Programs: Houman Younessi, Ph.D.
Area Coordinator: John Maleyeff, Ph.D.
Department Home Page: www.ewp.rpi.edu/hartford/academic/lsmt
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 pre-eminent among educational institutions in integrating management and technology for innovation and value creation. The values that the
Lally School holds are:
• Passion for lifelong learning.
• Dedication to the idea that management and technology and 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.
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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 and Institution
Teaching Area(s)
Albright, Robert R., II
Clinical Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Human Resources,
Strategy
Arnheiter, Edward D.
Clinical Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
Operations
Management
Gingerella, Louis W., Jr.
Clinical Associate Professor
M.B.A., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Finance
Kelly, Leonard J.
Clinical Professor
Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Quantitative
Management
Luddy, William J., Jr.
Clinical Professor
J.D., University of Connecticut
Law, Corporate
Governance, and
Business Policy
Maleyeff, John
Clinical Professor
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
Operations
Management
Peteros, Randall G.
Clinical Associate Professor
J.D., Western New England
College School of Law
Finance
Rainey, David L.
Clinical Professor
Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Technology,
Innovation, and
Environment
Stodder, James P.
Clinical Associate Professor
Ph.D., Yale University
Economics
Younessi, Houman
Clinical Professor
Ph.D., Swinburne University
of Technology (Australia)
Information Systems,
Information
Technology and
Innovation, Systems
and Operations
Management
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 and Institution
Araujo, Robert J.
Adjunct Professor
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and
M.B.A., University of New Haven
Bialecki, Dennis M.
Adjunct Professor
M.B.A., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Getz, Richard D.
Adjunct Professor
J.D., Western New England College School of Law
Kerr, James M.
Adjunct Professor
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Luddy, Grace B.
Adjunct Professor
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
O’Donovan, Edward G.
Adjunct Professor
M.B.A., University of Connecticut
Russell, Susan
Adjunct Professor
Ph.D., Fielding Institute
Sparzo, Gregory M.
Adjunct Professor
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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LALLY SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY
Programs
The programs offered by the Lally School for the Education of Working Professionals at Rensselaer are the
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) 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 teambased projects.
The Lally School and all its programs are based on three core principles:
• 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 M.B.A.
The Lally School offers an evening version of its full-time daytime (Troy, New York) M.B.A. program which
focuses on innovation, globalization, and entrepreneurship. The evening M.B.A. provides students the
same 60-credit integrated learning experience of the daytime cohort in a flexible, evening setting. It is recommended that evening M.B.A. students complete the degree in a four-year timeframe by taking required
streams during the academic year, and elective courses in the summer. Since several course streams continue across the Fall and Spring terms, students who sign up for Fall stream courses will be expected to
complete the Spring courses in the following term.
The Plan of Study includes:
Year 1
MGMT-7740
MGMT-6040
MGMT-6020
MGMT-6050
MGMT-6100
Accounting for Reporting and Control
Creating and Managing an Enterprise I
Financial Management I
Creating and Managing an Enterprise II
Statistics and Operations Management I
Year 2
MGMT-6110
MGMT-6060
MGMT-6030
MGMT-7730
Statistics and Operations Management II
Business Implications of Emerging Technologies I
Financial Management II
Economics and Institutions
Summer 2 Elective
Year 3
MGMT-6080
MGMT-7050
MGMT-7060
MGMT-xxxx
Networks, Innovation & Value Creation I
Developing Innovative New Products/Services I
Developing Innovative New Products/Services II
Elective
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Summer 3 Elective
Year 4
MGMT-7030
MGMT-7750
MGMT-7070
MGMT-xxxx
Strategy, Technology, and Competition I
Global Business and Social Responsibility
Managing on the Edge
Elective
Summer 4 Elective
Accelerated Weekend M.B.A. (WEMBA)
In the Weekend M.B.A. Program, students earn an M.B.A. degree in a 30-month period of accelerated
instruction (10 terms of study). Classes are conducted primarily on Friday evenings and essentially every
other Saturday, consisting of two courses a term for four terms a year, designed to enhance cumulative skill
building and learning.
The Weekend 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 M.B.A. degree in a twoand-a-half-year period. The objective is to form a diverse weekend class of broadly experienced middle
managers and professionals.
For more information concerning the Weekend M.B.A. Program, contact Kristin E. Galligan at (860) 548-7881;
(800) 433-4723, ext. 7881; or e-mail: [email protected]
Elite Master’s Program (EMP)
The Elite Master’s Program is a focused, integrated, ten-month program leading to a Master of Science in
Management. In addition, students will be enrolled in the Leadership Development Program Center
through Rensselaer’s affiliation with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). Courses are designed and
taught to prepare experienced managers for more senior leadership positions in their organizations. The
Elite Master’s Program emphasizes the blending of management and technology as a critical skill set for
senior managers in an increasingly technology-based world. The curriculum focuses on strategic thinking
and leadership, innovation, and managerial decision making. The program concentrates on crafting strategies through effective analysis for gaining competitive advantage in a global environment.
The following courses make up the program curriculum:
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Creating and Managing an Enterprise I
Data Analysis for Managerial Decision Making
Finance for Decision Analysis
Marketing and Product Management
Economics and Institutions
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Lean Strategies for Manufacturing and Service
Corporate Investment Strategies and Risk Management
Global Strategic Management of Technological Innovation
Strategy, Technology and Global Competitive Advantage
Failure Analysis of Management Decisions
Classes typically meet on alternating Fridays and Saturdays beginning each fall through August.
Information concerning the Elite Master’s Program may be obtained by contacting Kristin E. Galligan at
(860) 548-7881; (800) 433-4723, ext. 7881; or e-mail: [email protected]
Master of Science
in Management
The M.S. in Management is
designed to provide students
with the knowledge, skills, and
capabilities to be professional
contributors 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:
• Focus on enterprise management or innovation and entrepreneurship. It must not be of a general business nature. See pages 55-56 for a list of areas of concentration.
• 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: a) MGMT-6680 Strategy, Technology, and Global Competitive Advantage; b) MGMT-7540
Leadership and Organizational Improvement; or c) MGMT-7980, CAPSTONE Project Course with
the approval of a full-time faculty member. See page 58 for additional details.
The following is a typical ten-course M.S. program sequence. The four core courses are normally offered
every term.
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Course Sequence
Credits
Management Core: Background in Key Areas of Management
MGMT-7740 Accounting for Reporting and Control
(Formerly MGMT-6190 Financial and Managerial Accounting)
3
MGMT-6040 Creating and Managing an Enterprise I
(Formerly MGMT-6710 Designing, Developing, and Staffing High-Performance Organizations)
3
MGMT-6020 Financial Management I
(Formerly MGMT-6310 Financial Management and Valuation of Firms)
3
MGMT-6050 Creating and Managing an Enterprise II
3
Concentration: Four Courses in a Focused Area of Study (see pages 55-56)
MGMT-xxxx Concentration Course #1
3
MGMT-xxxx Concentration Course #2
3
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-7540 or MGMT-7980)*
TOTAL CREDITS
3
30
* See page 58 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 page 54) but not required for the M.B.A. 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 functions 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
MGMT-6600 Research and Development Management
MGMT-6610 Global Strategic Management of Technological Innovation
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-6960 Product Innovation
MGMT-7003 Sustainable Business Development
MGMT-7050 Developing Innovative New Products and Services I
(Formerly MGMT-6560 Managing New Product Development)
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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 the product and service organization 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:
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-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
MGMT-6960 Lean Strategies for Manufacturing and Service
MGMT-7500 Managing Supply Networks
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-6290 Macroeconomics and International Environments of Business
MGMT-6390 International Operations
(Formerly MGMT-6350 International Business)
MGMT-6550 Marketing Research
MGMT-6730 Technological Change and International Competitiveness
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.
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Select four courses from the following:
MGMT-6320 Investment Analysis I
MGMT-6330 Investment Analysis II
MGMT-6340 Financial Markets and Institutions
MGMT-6380 Advanced Corporate Finance
MGMT-6340 Financial Markets and Institutions
MGMT-6400 Financial Econometrics Modeling
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 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-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 complete two master’s degrees 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 M.B.A. degree.
The dual M.B.A./M.S. option allows the student to complete both degrees by taking a total of 72 credit
hours (the M.B.A. 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 alone 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.
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The CAPSTONE Course
Requirement
All students enrolled in the M.B.A. 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
M.B.A. Program
The CAPSTONE course requirement for the M.B.A. program is satisfied by students taking the required
course MGMT-7030 Strategy, Technology, and Competition I.
CAPSTONE Course Requirement for the M.S. Program
The CAPSTONE course requirement for the M.S. program can be satisfied by:
• Taking MGMT-6680 Strategy, Technology, and Global Competitive Advantage or MGMT-7540
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 separate and independent of course work used to satisfy other M.S.
program requirements.
RENSSELAER FELLOWS PROGRAM
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Rensselaer Fellows Program
The Rensselaer Fellow
A Fellow of Rensselaer is that rare individual who possesses vision, imagination, creativity and passion. A
proven corporate leader, the Fellow is responsible for shaping the direction and purpose of leading-edge
thought. The Rensselaer Fellows Program brings these leaders together with exceptional faculty to create
incubators of knowledge and innovation. Built on a solid foundation of fundamentals, educated by the
best scholars and industry leaders, and integrated through peer training and interactive study, the Fellows
Program merges Rensselaer’s world-class education and training with Fellows’ experience and passion to
foster a truly unique learning community.
The Fellows Program
Successful graduates of the Rensselaer Fellows Program earn a Master of Science degree, and are awarded
the distinction of being appointed Rensselaer Fellows, a prestigious designation they retain for life. Rensselaer
has created a program to engage the best and brightest from leading corporations, without taking participants away from their companies for extended periods of time. These premium program offerings consist
of ten separate one-week residential sessions, with four- to six-week intervals separating these sessions.
This allows students to return to work and home between sessions and to continue study and project work
independently. Eight of the ten sessions take place at Rensselaer’s Hartford and Troy, New York campuses, and the remaining two take place at designated international locations in Europe and the Pacific Rim.
The faculty selected to teach in the Rensselaer Fellows Program are internationally renowned and have
had extensive industry experience in addition to their significant academic careers.
To qualify for admission to this elite cohort program, individuals must be nominated and supported by their
companies and must have 10-15 years of increasingly responsible work experience and at least five years
in a managerial role.
Candidates will progress through the Rensselaer Fellows Program with an elite cohort of outstanding executives from major, world-class corporations located around the globe. This affords a unique opportunity to network and establish new, long lasting business and personal relationships with a group of like-minded global
business and technical leaders.
Initial Fellows Program Offering
Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship (ICE)
This program is designed to develop leaders for corporations involved in global competition and operations.
Innovation is the key to opportunity in the twenty-first century and is a necessary survival skill for both corporations and business and technology leaders. The ability to develop skills to create, recognize, manage, and
foster innovation in large, complex business organizations is critical to success. Corporate Entrepreneurship
focuses on the ability to seize opportunities in developing new business ventures inside the existing framework of large corporate enterprises. This initial offering is scheduled to begin in May 2008.
Contact Information
For more information, please contact the Director of Marketing and Business Development at (860) 548-7864;
(800) 433-4723, ext. 7864; or e-mail: [email protected]
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INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM
International Scholars Program
A Program for Recent College Graduates
The Rensselaer International Scholars Program (ISP), launching in Summer 2008, will provide graduating college seniors with a valuable edge in educational background, worldly perspective, and the ability
to speak from personal experience, as they make the transition from college to the working world. In addition to earning a Graduate Certificate in International Business from Rensselaer, ISP participants will also
earn 40 percent of the requirements toward earning an M.S. in Management, along with the qualifications for a concentration.
Global Business
The ISP combines Rensselaer’s academic rigor with the global industry exposure of an international internship to provide an international experience introducing the college graduate to the global stage. The classroom experience will be complimented by guest lecturers, dialogues and visits with multinational corporations, in addition to Rensselaer’s distinguished faculty. Through four graduate courses, students complete
individual and team-based projects, introduce themselves to management of multinational corporations,
and are immersed into influential cultures. Upon completion of the program, students will earn a graduate certificate in either Enterprise Management or Information Technology.
Two Distinct Tracks to Choose From
The following are course sequences for the two different ISP tracks, Enterprise Management and
Information Technology. Each includes a total of 12 credit-hours of coursework. See the Course
Descriptions section in this Catalog.
ISP Enterprise Management
• Start Date: June 8, 2008
• End Date: August 15, 2008
• International Locations: Barcelona, Spain and Shanghai, China
ISP Enterprise Management
Course No.
Course Name
MGMT 6020 Financial Management I
MGMT 6040 Creating and Managing an Enterprise I
MGMT 6050 Creating and Managing an Enterprise II
MGMT 7740 Accounting for Reporting and Control
Total Credits
Credits
3
3
3
3
12
Enterprise Management Culminating Project
Enterprise Management students work in project teams to develop solutions for real-world international
business issues. This project will demonstrate understanding of the business environments in the United
States, the European Union, and China, building upon their knowledge of management fundamentals
and dynamic global and cultural influences. They will blend their classroom learning with first-hand
involvement of the local business community to develop recommendations for improved success of international endeavors. Specific project topics will be determined through interaction among faculty, students, and business partners. All projects will result in a formal report and presentation.
INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM
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ISP Information Technology (IT)
• Start Date: June 8, 2008
• End Date: August 15, 2008
• International Locations: Rome, Italy and Warsaw, Poland
ISP Information Technology
Course No.
Course Name
ECSE 6770
Software Engineering
CISH 6960
Distributed Algorithms and Systems
CISH 6960
Global IT
CISH 6960
Intelligent Systems
Total Credits
Credits
3
3
3
3
12
IT Culminating Project
IT students work in teams to specify, design, program, test, document, and demonstrate a system with
software engineering complexity. The exercise incorporates elements from the coursework along with the
global spirit that is the core of the program. Project topics integrate components of large-scale software
engineering and geographically diverse project management with heavy emphasis on managing outsourcing, information and communication security, global communication, internet and e-commerce/service/government, and intelligent systems. Each project entails the development of a software application
with a direct global perspective.
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 the Web site at: www.ewp.rpi.edu/isp.
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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
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
CSCI
COMM
Computer and Information Sciences Hartford
Computer Science
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 toward the M.S. in Computer Science,
M.S. in Information Technology, or M.Eng. in Computer and Systems Engineering degrees. Such courses may count
toward other degrees, but consult with your advisor before registering.
CISH Computer and
Information Sciences
Hartford
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
CISH-4010 Discrete Mathematics and
interconnections. Primary focus on the attributes of
Computer Theory*
a system visible to an assembly level programmer.
Course covers foundations of discrete mathematics
Topics include: digital logic, VLSI components,
and fundamentals of computer theory. Topics
instruction sets, addressing schemes, memory hierinclude propositional logic, truth tables, quantifiers,
archy, cache and virtual memories, integer and floatsets, set operations, sequences, complexity of algoing point arithmetic, control structures, buses, RISC
rithms, divisibility, matrix manipulations, proofs,
vs CISC, multiprocessor and vector processing
induction, recursion, counting and the pigeonhole
(pipelining) organizations. Examples are drawn from
principle, permutations, combinations, repeated tricontemporary (e.g. Intel Pentium, PowerPC) microals, expectation, relations (properties, representacomputers. Prerequisite: Undergraduate course in
tion, equivalence, Warshall’s algorithm), Boolean
“Introduction to Computer Science.”
algebra, functions, logic gates, minimizing, Finite
State Machines, Turing machines, Regular expres- CISH-4210 Operating Systems
sions, context free grammars, language recognizers, Discussion of various aspects of computer operating
derivation trees, pushdown automata.
systems design and implementation. Topics include
I/O programming, concurrent processes and synCISH-4020 Object Structures*
chronization problems, process management and
A study of object oriented software component
scheduling of processes, virtual memory management,
design. This course introduces the object oriented
device management, file systems, deadlock problems,
paradigm and its use in organizing software strucsystem calls, and interprocess communication.
tures including arrays, stack, queues, lists, trees,
Programming projects are required. Prerequisites:
graphs, and recursion. Programming assignments
CISH-4020 and CISH-4030.
require the use of an object oriented language.
Prerequisite: CISH-4010 or equivalent and knowl- CISH-4380 Database Systems
edge of an imperative programming language (C, Discussion of the state of practice in modern dataPASCAL, etc.).
base systems with an emphasis on relational systems.
COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES
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.
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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
CISH-4960 Topics in Computer and
and representation of knowledge. AI systems and
Information Sciences
languages, reasoning and problem solving. Current
1 to 4 credit hours.
literature is discussed. Applications are chosen from
CISH-6010 Object-Oriented Programming
computer game playing programs, English dialogue,
and Design
theorem proving, computer vision, robot impleAn introduction to the theory and practice of object
mentation, and automatic programming.
oriented programming and design. Encapsulation,
Limitations and performance of techniques. Certain
inheritance, genericity, dynamic binding, and polytopics are programmed. Prerequisite: CISH-4030.
morphism. Students use these concepts to design
and implement a modest-sized system. One object CISH-6220 LANs, MANs, and
oriented language (chosen by the instructor) is stud- Internetworking
ied in detail and required for the project. Other lan- Explores the current capabilities and trends in
guages are covered briefly. Prerequisite: CISH-4210. LANs and MANs with additional focus on issues of
internetworking network systems or subsets. Topics
CISH-6050 Software Engineering Management
include: Topologies and transmission media, Local
Introduction to the current issues in software engiand Metropolitan Area Network (LAN and MAN)
neering management. Topics include the origin of
architectures and performance. LAN standards
the software crisis, current state-of-the-practice,
IEEE 802.x, and ANSI Standard FDDI. Circuit
modeling the software engineering process, the relaswitched local area networks, e.g., ATM, Fibre
tionship of methods and tools to process, software
Channel. Internetworking alternatives, bridges,
validation, risk mitigation, and software engineernetwork switches, routers and gateways. General
ing economics. Prerequisite: CISH-4020.
LAN management tools. Prerequisite: ECSE-4670
CISH-6110 Object-Oriented Database Systems or equivalent.
Presents concepts and architectures for support of
CISH-6230 Network Management
objects in a database system. Emphasis is placed on
Introduction to methods, techniques and tools for
DBMS issues rather than application issues with disthe management of telecommunication systems and
cussions of issues related to the object oriented view
networks. Major topics covered in the course are:
of data models, query languages, versioning evoluSimple Network Management Protocol (SNMPv2,
tion, authorization, transaction control, storage
SNMPv3), Remote Monitoring (RMON1,
management, indexing techniques, distributed data.
RMON2), Standard Management Information
Current object oriented and object-relational data(MIBs), and Telecommunications Management
base systems are reviewed and compared. A pro(TMN, CMIS/SMIP); configuration and name
gramming project or research paper may be required.
management, fault and performance management,
Prerequisites: CSCI-4380 and the object oriented
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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 lanCISH-6510 Web Application Design and
guages, reasoning and problem solving. Current litDevelopment
erature is discussed. Applications are chosen from
Students will learn approaches to the design, develcomputer game playing programs, English dialogue,
opment, and maintenance of Web Sites. Students
theorem proving, computer vision, robot implemenwill study software and information architectures for
tation, and automatic programming. Limitations and
the Web, design techniques for distributed Webperformance of techniques. Certain topics are probased applications, and methods and tools for the
grammed. Prerequisite: CISH-4030.
creation and maintenance of Web sites. Study will
encompass the major components of a Web site CISH-6960 Topics in Computer Science:
including browsers and client applications, Internet Bioinformatics
protocols that link client to server, and server appli- Bioinformatics (computational molecular biology)
cations. Issues of performance, security, and usabil- is a relatively new discipline, bringing together comity will be examined. Prerequisite: CISH-4020 or putational, statistical, experimental, and technologCSCI-2300. Prior experience with HTML and Java. ical methods, which is energizing and dramatically
accelerating the discovery of new technologies and
ECSE-4670 and CSCI-4380 recommended.
tools for molecular biology. The solutions of bioinCISH-6900 Computer Science Seminar
formatics problems very often require searching
For students following the Applied path, who are
through very large search spaces. Bioinformatics
near the end of their program, a two-term course
applies computer science techniques to solve crucial
that meets once per month from September through
problems in biology and medicine, on the other
March and one Saturday in April when students
hand, the related area of DNA-based computing
give their presentations. Registration is accepted
uses biological techniques to solve hard computaduring Fall registration only. Students are required
tional problems in computer science. Typical tasks
to attend all eight meetings in order to fulfill the
done in bioinformatics include inferring a protein’s
Seminar requirement. 1 credit hour.
shape and function from a given sequence of amino
CISH-6902 Computer Science Seminar
acids, finding all the genes and proteins in a given
For students following the Applied path, who were genome, determining sites in the protein structure
admitted after summer 2004. Registrations is allowed where drug molecules can be attached.
only after acceptance of an approved project plan by
CISH-6960 Topics in Computer Science:
a faculty advisor. Students are required to attend
Cryptography and Network Security
guest speaker sessions and give a formal presentation
Principles of number theory and the practice of netof their own research results. 3 credit hours.
work security and cryptographic algorithms. Topics
CISH-6940 Readings in Computer and
include: Primes, random numbers, modular arithInformation Sciences
metic and discrete logarithms. Conventional or sym1 to 3 credit hours.
metric encryption (DES, IDEA, Blowfish, Twofish,
Rijndael) and public key or asymmetric encryption
CISH-6960 Topics in Computer and
(RSA, Diffie-Hellman), hash functions (MD5, SHAInformation Sciences
Contact the Department of Engineering and 1, RIPEMD-160, HMAC), digital signatures, certifiScience for descriptions of recently offered special cates and authentication protocols (X.509, DSS,
Kerberos), electronic mail security (PGP, S/MIME),
topic classes. 1 to 3 credit hours.
web security and protocols for secure electronic commerce (IPSec, SSL, TLS, SET). Prerequisite: ECSE4670 or permission of the instructor.
security, accounting management; and web-based
network management. Prerequisite: ECSE-4670 or
equivalent basic concept computer and communication networks course.
COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES
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.
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include: SQL extensions for OLAP, special indexes,
table partitioning, view materialization, query optimization, and query re-write, and data warehouse
benchmarks. Prerequisite: CSCI-4380.
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
CISH-6960 Topics in Computer Science:
for leveraging existing systems. Common design patNew Horizons in Computer Architecture
terns will also be evaluated for large-scale system
and Networks
development. The course will use the Java 2
A course that examines the current state of the art Enterprise Edition as an example of available API’s
and future technological growth in computers and reference implementations. Prerequisite: CISH(mainframes to microprocessors), memory, infor- 6510 or equivalent Java experience.
mation display, and the growth of data/voice/video
CISH-6960H09 Research Methods
communication networks (wired and wireless).
Course will review the major considerations and
What are the current limits of technologies and
tasks involved in conducting scientific research, parwhat breakthroughs are needed to reach the next
ticularly in the area of computer science. It introplateau. What technologies are on the horizon and
duces the essential aspects of designing, supporting
what will it mean to current and future IT systems
and conducting a research project. Those who sucand applications. Successful completion of this
cessfully complete the course will be able to: produce
course may lead to additional 3-credit projects.
a well-developed research proposal; select an approCISH-6960 Topics in Computer Science:
priate methodology with which to conduct the
Data Warehouse Systems
research and defend the methodology of their selecCourse presents a comprehensive overview of the tion; understand the various tasks required to carry
concepts and facilities of data warehouse systems. out the research; find the resources needed to guide
Special attention will be given to current research them through the research process and the docuissues as described in the scholarly journals. The mentation of its findings.
course begins with an introduction the basic conCISH-6961 Ethics and Computer Science in
cepts and objectives of data warehouse systems. This
the Information Age
is followed by an examination of the logical data
Computers and high-speed communication netstructures and related design methodologies appliworks are transforming our world. Although these
cable within a data warehouse environment. Special
technologies have brought us many benefits, they
attention is given to multidimensional data models
have also raised many social and ethical concerns.
based on the star and snowflake schemas.
A thoughtful response to information technology
Thereafter, the course considers data warehouse perrequires a basic understanding of its history, an
formance. Special attention is given to recent
awareness of current information-technology-relatenhancements in DBMS technology and techniques
ed issues, and a familiarity with ethics. Besides an
applicable to physical database design. Topics
introduction to ethics, this course will discuss such
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topics as: intellectual property (software patents vs. CSCI Computer Science
open source software), Digital Rights Management
(file sharing of copyrighted material vs. fair use), pri- CSCI-6050 Computability and Complexity
vacy and civil liberties, risks and liabilities of com- This course discusses modern concepts of computability and computational complexity theories.
puter-based systems.
The Church-Turing thesis. Variations of Turing
CISH-6970 Professional Project
Machines; Algorithms; Decidability; the Halting
Active participation in a term-long project, under Problem; Reducibility; The Recursion theorem;
the supervision of a faculty advisor. A Professional The Concept of Information; the Time and Space
Project often serves as a culminating experience for Complexity; Intractability; NP completeness and
a Professional Master’s program but, with depart- Cook’s theorem; Elements of Cryptography.
mental or school approval, can be used to fulfill Prerequisite: CISH-4010.
other program requirements. With approval, students may register for more than one Professional CSCI-6210 Design and Analysis of Algorithms
Project. Professional Projects must result in docu- Theoretical and empirical analysis of algorithms;
mentation established by each department or school tools for on-line monitoring of the algorithm’s perbut are not submitted to the Graduate School and formance. Advanced algorithms for polynomial
are not archived in the library. Grades of A, B, C, or problems; randomized heuristic and approximate
F are assigned by the faculty advisor at the end of algorithms. Problems include computation in disthe term. If not completed on time, a formal crete mathematics, number theory, linear algebra,
Incomplete grade may be assigned by the faculty graph theory, numerical and symbolic computing. It
advisor, listing the work remaining to be completed is suggested that students take CSCI-6050 before
taking this course.
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-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.
COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES
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.
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.
CSCI-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 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 semester. 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. 3-4 credit hours
CSCI-6980 Master’s Project in Computer and
Information Sciences
Details may be obtained from the Department of
Engineering and Science. 3 to 6 credit hours.
CSCI-6990 Master’s Thesis in Computer and
Information Sciences
Details may be obtained from the Department of
Engineering and Science. 3 to 6 credit hours.
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COMM
Communications
COMM-6420 Foundations of HumanComputer 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.
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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
ECSE
MANE
MTLE
Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems
Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
Mechanical, Aeronautical, Nuclear, and Engineering Physics
Materials Science and Engineering
Suffix Numbers
4000-4990
5000-5990
6000-6990
7000-7990
Courses open for credit to both advanced undergraduate and graduate students
Courses offered only at Rensselaer Hartford Campus for graduate credit
Courses designed for graduate credit
Courses offered only at Rensselaer Hartford Campus for graduate credit
Courses at the Southeastern Connecticut Site 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; 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.
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.
DSES-6230 Quality Control and Reliability
Topics include basic concepts of system and com- ECSE-4500 Probability for
ponent reliability; statistical distributions such as the Engineering Applications
Axioms of probability, joint and conditional proba-
ENGINEERING
bility, 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: ECSE-2410.
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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 temECSE-4670 Computer Communication
perature, pressure, flow, and motion measurements.
Networks
Problems, solutions, and limitations associated with Basic measurement statistical and error analysis
interconnecting computers by communication net- techniques. Prerequisite: ECSE-4960.
works. The seven layer ISO reference model of open
ECSE-6050 Advanced Electronic Circuits
systems interconnection (OSI) serves as a frameDesign and analysis of wideband amplifiers, differwork. Topics include: physical layer standards, data
ential amplifiers, and operational amplifiers; the
link protocols, queuing models, routing, satellite
characteristics of op-amps and their use as linear and
communications, local area networks, multiplexing,
non-linear elements, including compensation techcoding, and network configurations. Prerequisite:
niques; regulated power supplies. Prerequisite:
CISH-4010 or equivalent.
ECSE-2050 or an undergraduate course in analog
electronics.
ECSE-4770 Computer Hardware Design
Digital design methodologies including timing chain
ECSE-6400 Systems Analysis Techniques
and counter based “hardwired” microprogram
Methods of analysis for continuous and discretedesign, modules, and modular design. The course
time linear systems. Convolution, classical solution
bridges LSI and MSI design treating microprocesof dynamic equations, transforms, and matrices.
sors, and I/O interfacing. Bus protocol standards,
Emphasis on the concept of state space. Linear
interrupts, direct memory access, priority arbitration,
spaces concept of state, modes, controllability,
asynchronous timing, and overlap or double bufferobservability, state transition matrix. State variable
ing. Specific examples of design include controllers
feedback, compensation, decoupling. Prerequisite:
for disks, Cassettes, video systems, and stepping
ECSE-4960.
motors. Course includes a laboratory with access to
LSI-11 and M6800 microprocessors. Prerequisite: ECSE-6410 Robotics and Automation Systems
Methods of design and operation of general purpose
ECSE-2610 or CISH-4030.
and industrial manipulator systems. Kinematic and
ESCE-4960 Fundamentals of Signals
dynamic models of mechanical arms. Arm control
and Systems (Formerly ECSE-4960 Linear
through coordinate transformations, feedback, and
Systems Analysis)
microcomputers. Hardware components. Computer
This course delivers a comprehensive introduction
software and languages. Robotic vision and sensors.
to continuous- and discrete-time signals and sysA unified theory for hierarchically intelligent contems. The extensive use of MATLAB in the course
trol, and its application to advanced automation and
is intended to develop the fluency required for gradto the industry of the future. Prerequisites: ECSEuate level engineering courses. Material covered
6400, ECSE-4490 desirable.
includes time- and frequency-domain representation of continuous- and discrete-time signals. Time- ECSE-6420 Nonlinear Control Systems
domain analysis of continuous and discrete-time sys- Phenomena peculiar to nonlinear systems.
tems. Laplace transform and its use in the analysis Linearization, iteration, and perturbation proceof continuous-time systems. Transfer function, poles dures. Describing function stability analysis. Phase
and zeros. Continuous Fourier series and transform. plane methods. Poincare’ s theorems. Relaxation
Discrete Fourier transforms. Sampling and aliasing. oscillations and limit cycles. Stability analysis by
Frequency domain analysis of continuous and dis- Lyapunov’ s method. Popov’ s theorem. Prerequisite:
crete-time systems. Frequency response of the sys- ECSE-6400.
tems and filter concepts. Discrete-time system
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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 KarhunenLoeve series, channel characterization, introduction
to signal detection, linear mean-square filtering, the
orthogonality principle, optimum Wiener and
Kalman filtering, modulation theory, and systems
analysis. Prerequisite: ECSE-4960, undergraduate
course in Probability.
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 IMT2000 3G standards, including W-CDMA and
CDMA2000. Prerequisites: ECSE-6510 or ECSE6560 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
ECSE-6560 Digital Communications
its application to digital image and video processing.
Engineering
The first half will cover signals and systems, Fourier
Functional characterization of digital signals and transform, z-transform, discrete Fourier transform,
transmission facilities, band-limited and duration- FIR and IIR filters and their design. The emphasis
limited signals, modulation and demodulation tech- will be on the unexpected and important differences
niques for digital signals, error probability, intersym- from the one-dimensional case. The second half
bol interference and its effects, equalization and consists of applications in image and video signal
optimization of baseband binary and M-ary sig- processing, e.g., compression coding, noise reducnalling systems, error control coding techniques, dig- tion, motion estimation, deblurring, and restoration.
ital filtering current practices in modern design. Prerequisites: ECSE-6620.
ENGINEERING
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.
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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, DiffieHellman), hash functions (MD5, SHA1, RIPEMD160, 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
ECSE-6780 Software Engineering II
or a commercial available Real Time Operating
(Continuation of ECSE-6770)
System (RTOS).
Current techniques in software engineering with top- (ii) Development of digital controllers (using finite
ics selected from portability, security, public key cryp- states) to control systems with discrete states or distosystems, legal protection of software, reliable soft- crete operating modes. Modeling of systems will be
ware, management of large projects, charging for done on examples from industries such as automocomputing resources, and source-to-source transfor- tive, chemical, communication and robotics.
mations for optimization. Prerequisite: ECSE-6770.
(iii)Interaction and cooperation of analog and digiECSE-6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering
tal systems. Design of fail-safe systems for use in safety-critical situations. Prerequisite: ECSE-2410;
ECSE-6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering:
ECSE-4440 desirable.
Applied Digital Signal Processing
DSP chip architecture. Implementing signal pro- ECSE-6960 Topics in Electrical Engineering:
cessing algorithms on a DSP chip; Fixed point imple- Mechatronics
mentations and DSP programming. DSP software Mechatronics, as an engineering discipline, is the syndevelopment tools, code optimization. Take several ergistic combination of mechanical engineering, elecalgorithms from a high level implementation such tronics, control engineering, and computers, all inteECSE-6770 Software Engineering I
Engineering approach to the development of large
programming projects. Successive steps of 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.
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grated 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.
Prerequisite: ECSE-4960 or equivalent.
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
ECSE-6960 Nuclear Power Engineering
Basic plant cycles of PWR and BWR systems, busses, sensors, data smoothing, digital filtering, and
overview of basic radiation and fission process, neu- digital control. Prerequisite: CISH-4030 (or ECSEtron life cycle and six-factor formula, reactivity and 4730) and CSCI-4210.
startup rate, reactivity coefficients, fuel and poison
loading, delayed neutrons, reactor startup and shut- MANE Mechanical,
down, decay heat, overview of heat transfer and fluid Aeronautical, Nuclear, and
flow including natural circulation, reactivity control,
Engineering Physics
reactor protection, print reading (Piping and
Instrumentation Diagrams, Electrical Diagrams, MANE-4240 Introduction to Finite Elements
Control Wiring Diagrams, and Logic Diagrams), Introductory course in the Finite Element Method
Electrical Distribution and emergency responses (FEM) beginning with the “direct method” for discrete
(plant trip, loss of offsite power, and safety injection systems such as springs, trusses, elastic frames, and pipe
actuation), motor controllers, specified electrical networks. FEM is then applied to continua, considerrequirements (10CFR, submitted plant design, ing one dimensional problems in fluid mechanics, heat
Technical Specifications, Abnormal and Emergency transfer, and elasticity using variational and weighted
Operating Procedures), process instrumentation, residual methods. Algorithms for the construction and
nuclear instrumentation, Appendix R (Fire Safety and solution of the governing equations.
Safe Shutdown) electrical requirements. Prerequisites: MANE-4610 Vibrations
Undergraduate degree in electrical engineering or Free and forced linear vibrations of damped and
electrical power engineering recommended.
undamped mechanical and electrical systems of n
degrees of freedom. Continuous system vibration.
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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.
itation; two- and three-dimensional flow phenomena; performance analysis including multistage
effects and off-design performance.
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-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-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
MANE-4650 Fracture Mechanics
Mechanics aspect of failure, fracture, and fatigue. energy mass and momentum balances in continua;
Brittle fracture criteria. Linear elastic fracture meth- the development of mathematical models of heat
ods. Stress fields around cracks. Statistical aspects conduction and mass diffusion in solids and of flow
of fatigue. Cumulative damage. Contact fatigue. in ideal and Newtonian fluids. models are illustrated using examples from mechanical engineering.
Prerequisite: MANE-4320.
Particular attention throughout is devoted to the
MANE-4800 Boundary Layers and
development of the ability to create realistic and reliHeat Transfer
able models.
Navier-Stokes equations and boundary layer approximations. Exact solutions and integral methods for MANE-6180 Mechanics of Composite Materials
incompressible boundary layers. Transition; turbu- Mechanics of elastic heterogeneous solids and therlence. Convective heat transfer in laminar and tur- moplastic behavior. Mechanics of distributed dambulent flow. Special problems at high temperature. age. Mechanical behavior.
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-6410 Celestial Mechanics
Introduction to celestial mechanics, orbits, and perturbations, exterior ballistics, powered flight trajectories, space flight trajectories.
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-5080 Turbomachinery
MANE-6490 Plasticity
Representation of performance of turbomachines;
Stress invariants. Polyaxial stress-strain relation for
mechanism of energy transfer; factors limiting design
strain-hardening materials. Ideal plasticity, various
and performance including surge, choking, and cav-
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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
MANE-6530 Turbulence
element methods (FEM) will be discussed. These
Navier-Stokes and energy equations, exact solution,
issues include: the discrete formulation, non-linear
weighted residuals methods, linearized viscous flow,
equation iterator (steady)/marcher(time-accurate),
inner and outer solutions, boundary layer theory,
linear equation formation, boundary condition preexistence and uniqueness, higher order approximascription and linear equation solution. Prerequisite:
tions, transition, mathematical models of turbulent
MANE-6660 or equivalent.
flow, applications. Prerequisite: MANE-4800 or
MANE-6830 Combustion
equivalent.
Review of fundamentals of thermodynamics, chemMANE-6540 Advanced Thermodynamics
ical kinetics, fluid mechanics, and modern diagnosReview of the first and second laws. Criteria of equitics. Discussion of flame propagation, thermal and
librium. Auxiliary functions and general thermodychain explosions, stirred reactors, detonations,
namic relations. Thermodynamic properties.
droplet combustion, and turbulent jet flames.
Chemical equilibrium. Availability and irreversibility.
Introduction to computational tools for complex
MANE-6550 Theory of Compressible Flow
equilibrium and kinetic calculations. Applications
General equations of compressible flow. to problems such as pollutant formation.
Specialization to inviscid flows in two space dimen- Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
sions. Linearized solutions in subsonic and superMANE-6840 Introduction to Multiphase Flow
sonic flow. Characteristic equations for supersonic
and Heat Transfer I
flow with applications in external and internal flow.
This course is intended to give students a state-ofOne dimensional non-steady compressible flow.
the-art understanding about single and multicomMANE-6630 Conduction Heat Transfer
ponent boiling and condensation heat transfer pheAnalytical, finite difference and finite element nomena. Applications include the analysis of
solutions of steady and transient heat conduction nuclear reactors, oil wells, and chemical process
problems. Illustrated with applications from engi- equipment. Student satisfactorily completing this
neering practice.
course are expected to thoroughly understand the
current thermal-hydraulics literature on multiphase
MANE-6640 Radiation Heat Transfer
Introduction to radiation heat transfer in diather- heat and mass transfer and be able to conduct indemanous media and participating media. Selected pendent research in this field. Prerequisite: A workapplications from spacecraft design, furnace design, ing knowledge of fluid mechanics and heat transfer.
yield conditions and associated flow rules.
Variational principles. Limit analysis. Applications
in elastic-plastic stress analysis, metal forming, plastic collapse, and plastic instability.
meteorology, temperature measurement, environ- MANE-6960 Topics in Mechanical Engineering
mental control.
MANE-6960 Advanced Fracture Mechanics
MANE-6650 Convective Heat Transfer
Fundamental study of convection heat transfer in This course covers Linear and Non-linear Fracture
laminar and turbulent, internal and external flows. Mechanics. The following are the course topics:
Unsteady flows, combined heat and mass transfer, Tensor Analysis, Stress, Strain, Equilibrium,
conjugated unsteady heat transfer and buoyancy Compatibility, Constitutive equations. Theory of
induced convection. Selected applications from elasticity solutions for a cracked body, Linear Elastic
aeronautics and heat exchanger design. Prerequisite: Fracture Mechanics (LEFM), Energetics of cracked
bodies, The J integral, Plastic zones, Fracture
MANE-4800 or equivalent.
Toughness and R curve analysis, Elastic-Plastic
MANE-6720 Computational Fluid Dynamics
Fracture Mechanics (EPRM), Dugdale-Barenblatt
Course focuses on computational approaches to and Bilby-Cottrell-Swinden (BCS) solutions using
solve the Navier-Stokes equations. Course assumes yield strips, Hult-McClintock solutions, Hutchinson-
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Rice-Rosengren (HRR) solutions, Slip-line solutions, exposed to the analysis of example problems.
Engineering approach to elastic-plastic fracture, J
MANE-6960 Friction and Wear of Materials
integral testing, J controlled crack growth,
A study of Tribology with emphasis on friction and
Computational methods for elastic-plastic fracture.
wear phenomena in materials. Examination of the
physical and chemical characteristics of real mateMANE-6960 Topics in Mechanical
rial surfaces and the interactions between neighEngineering: Mechatronics
Mechatronics, as an engineering discipline, is the boring solid surfaces in relative motion. Contact
synergistic combination of mechanical engineering, phenomena, lubrication, wear mechanisms and
electronics, control engineering, and computers, all design against wear.
integrated through the design process. It involves the
MANE-6960 Topics in Mechanical
application of complex decision making to the operEngineering: Modeling and Analysis of
ation of physical systems. Mechatronic systems
Machining Systems
depend on computer software for their unique funcA hands-on exposure to modeling, analysis, and simtionality. This course studies mechatronics at a theulation methodologies applicable to the investigaoretical and practical level; balance between theotion of the efficiency of metal machining systems.
ry/analysis and hardware implementation is
Topics covered include the physical principles of
emphasized; emphasis is placed on physical undermetal chip forming processes, thermo mechanical
standing rather than on mathematical formalities. A
finite element analysis of metal cutting processes,
case-study, problem-solving approach, with hardmaterials science modeling, machine tool path simware demonstrations, either on video or in class, and
ulation modeling, machine tool vibration dynamics,
hardware lab exercises, is used throughout the
machine shop scheduling and sequencing, discrete
course. This covers mechatronic system design, modevent simulation, and economic modeling of
eling and analysis of dynamic physical systems, conmachining systems and processes. Students working
trol sensors and actuators, analog and digital control
in teams and individually will develop expertise in
electronics, continuous controller design and digital
selected modeling techniques by carrying out termimplementation, interfacing sensors and actuators to
long research projects.
a microcomputer/microcontroller, and real-time programming for control. These are the fundamental MANE-6980 Master’ s Project in
areas of technology on which successful mechatron- Mechanical Engineering
ic designs are based. Throughout the coverage the Details may be obtained from the Department of
focus is kept on the role of each of these areas in the Engineering and Science. 3-6 credits
overall design process and how these key areas are MANE-6990 Master’ s Thesis in Mechanical
integrated into a successful mechatronic systems Engineering
design. The course involves 12 weeks of lectures and Details may be obtained from the Department of
6 lab sessions. Students will need a laptop computer Engineering and Science. 6 credits
for lab session. Students who have previously taken
MANE-4490, 4250, or Sensors and Actuators are MANE-7000 Advanced Engineering
Mathematics II
not eligible to take this course for credit.
A continuation of the advanced presentation of
MANE-6960 Advanced Topics in Finite
mathematical methods useful in engineering pracElement Analysis
tice. The course covers the Frobenius method for
The basic concepts of the finite element method are the solution of boundary value problems; the repredeveloped. Direct, Galerkin and variational sentation of arbitrary functions by characteristic
approaches to element formulations are emphasized. functions; calculus of functions of more than one
Although the procedures presented are general, the variable including the study of extreme; overview of
majority of examples and special topics are from solid calculus of variations; principles of vector and tenmechanics including two and three dimensional sor analysis; analytical and numerical techniques for
elasticity, plate banding and shells. In addition to the the solution of initial and boundary value problems
fundamentals of finite element, the student will be in partial differential equations. Symbolic manipu-
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lation 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.
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 ironbased 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 judgements on the selection
of coatings for high-temperature 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.
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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
Suffix Numbers
6000-6990
7000-7990
Courses designed for advanced graduate credit
Graduate-level courses offered in Hartford and at the Southeastern Connecticut Site
CAPSTONE Courses
Asterisk (*) denotes courses that satisfy the CAPSTONE requirement for the M.S. in Management programs.
Schedule of Course Offerings
Course availability is presented in the Three-Year Course Schedule, viewable at: www.ewp.rpi.edu/hartford/publications/3yearschedule. Course availability may change. Check the Hartford and Southeastern Connecticut
Site course schedule for the latest information: www.ewp.rpi.edu/hartford/publications/course_sched/current.
Students should contact their faculty advisor for guidance in creating the Plan of Study. Plan of Study
forms can be found at: www.ewp.rpi.edu/registrar/.
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.
MGMT-6030 Financial Management II
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 repur-
chases; 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 man-
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MGMT-6110 Statistics and Operations
Management II
Continues the study of collection, analysis, and use
MGMT-6060 Business Implications of
of information in a technologically advanced setting.
Emerging Technologies I
This course shifts focus from statistical methods to
(Formerly MGMT- 6610- Global Strategic
other problem solving approaches including regresManagement of Technological Innovation)
sion analysis, linear programming, network models,
This course investigates the business dimensions of
queuing systems, and simulation. The emphasis is
major technological advances, highlighting how
on integration of analysis techniques to address the
industry structures and organization, the dynamics
management issues at hand, with application drawn
of competition, patterns of innovation, operational
from production, finance, project management, and
decisions, and financial investment are all influenced
system design. Prerequisite: MGMT-6100.
by various types of technical breakthrough. Students
also get to explore the interplay between emerging MGMT-6140 Information Systems
technology development and commercialization. for Management
The challenges associated with intellectual property Analyzes the use of information and communicaprotection and utilization, as well as the socio-eco- tions technology to improve performance and to
nomic and ethical dimensions of new technology achieve organizational goals. Examines information
adoption, are explored. Each year, a different set of systems in sales, marketing, finance, and operations.
Provides a framework for understanding and evalukey technologies will be examined and analyzed.
ating IS contributions to product services and manMGMT-6080 Networks, Innovation and Value
agerial effectiveness. Focuses upon implementation
Creation I
of information technology as a strategic weapon for
This course considers the evolving new models of
productivity and competitive advantage. Lectures,
value creation and business growth being introduced
case discussion, projects, and technical supplements.
across different industries and examines such critical issues as product and process technology strate- MGMT-6170 Advanced Systems Analysis
gy, operational innovation, IT strategies and infra- and Design
structures, networks and organization, and finance. An advanced course in systems analysis and design
Utilizing a series of case studies from across a range that presents conceptual material about both tradiof industry networks, students will have a chance to tional approaches to systems development such as
learn how companies can participate in such net- process-oriented and data-oriented methodologies
works and what unique business resources and capa- and, evolving approaches such as object-oriented
bilities they can employ to enhance their probabili- development methods. Key stages of the systems
development life cycle including planning, analysis
ty of commercial success.
and design are the focus of this course. Models and
MGMT-6100 Statistics and Operations
procedures for understanding and modeling an orgaManagement I
nization’s existing and planned information systems
An introduction to deterministic and probabilistic
are presented. Computer-Aided Software
methods for business applications and particularly
Engineering tools are used to provide hands-on
quantitative approaches applied to managerial probexperience in designing information systems. A
lem solving and decision-making. Topics include
case-based approach is used to provide students an
basic descriptive and inferential statistics, probabilopportunity to apply the analytical and design techity distributions, hypothesis testing, analysis of variniques covered in the course. In addition, students
ance and regression analysis. Extensive use of comare expected to do a real-life systems development
puters allows students to explore the various
project. The course also focuses on the issues and
quantitative techniques for analyzing, interpreting
challenges in managing systems development.
and communicating a wide range of business-relatPrerequisite: MGMT-6140.
ed quantitative data and information.
agement theory while balancing the resources and
constraints of these five segments.
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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-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-6380 Advanced Corporate Finance
The overall objective of this course is to study
advanced corporate finance issues and test empirically the stock market reaction to financing decisions
and the issuance of securities. Corporate finance topics include shareholder value and economic value
added concepts, as well as corporate governance
issues. Financing decisions include venture capital
and initial public offerings, seasoned equity offerings,
stock splits, corporate bonds and bank loans, stock
MGMT-6320 Investment Analysis I
listings on foreign exchanges. Other topics are mergIntroduction to investment instruments and moders and acquisitions, pension fund management,
ern methods of pricing them. Basic components of
financial analysis and planning. Real stock prices and
viable investment programs are outlined. Topics
case studies are used to apply the theoretical coninclude expected utility theory and risk aversion,
cepts. Prerequisite: MGMT-6020.
modern portfolio theory, equilibrium in capital markets (CAPM, APT), index models, futures and MGMT-6390 International Operations
options, theory of active portfolio management. (Formerly MGMT-6350)
This course provides a foundation in the facts and
Prerequisite: MGMT-6020.
ideas underlying the globalization of production and
MGMT-6330 Investment Analysis II
delivery of goods and services. Topics include:
Advanced study in investment analysis, decision makdesigning global supply chains, managing risks of
ing, and practice. Emphasis on bond market analysis
cross border business relationships, international
and bond portfolio management, including assetlogistics, establishing world class manufacturing
backed securities, high-yield bonds, venture capital,
service and R&D in developing countries, integratand derivative securities. Topics include bond pricing,
ing superior operating practices and technologies
the term structure and risk structure of interest rates,
from across the world in diverse national environduration concepts and immunization strategies, analyments, and political and societal issues associated
sis of embedded options in fixed income securities.
with global operations.
Application of strategies to real data set. Prerequisite:
MGMT-6400 Financial Econometrics Modeling
MGMT-6320 or permission of instructor.
This course addresses financial modeling as an
empirical activity. Several key issues and assumptions of finance are addressed through empirical
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MGMT-6540 Marketing Communication and
Promotion Strategy
Advanced study of the promotion management
process including market situation analysis, media
selection, spending plans, copy strategy, and advertising research methods. The focus is on integrating
MGMT-6450 Manufacturing Systems
promotion strategies with buyer needs, product conManagement
ceptualization, distribution strategies, and new comAn overview of how product and service requiremunication technologies. Prerequisite: MGMTments are translated into manufacturing facilities,
7100 or permission of instructor.
procedures, and organizations. The control systems
considered include demand forecasting, inventory MGMT-6550 Marketing Research
planning, production scheduling, quality control, Marketing strategy decisions are developed in the
MRP, and project control. In addition, a manage- framework of many case studies. Marketing research
ment perspective is used to examine decisions hav- techniques, including questionnaire development
ing a long-term manufacturing impact: capacity and data analysis, are introduced and utilized in a
planning, location, and distribution, manufacturing team project. Prerequisites: MGMT-6100 and
processes, factory layout and factory focus. The MGMT-7100.
course concludes with an introduction to manufacMGMT-6580 Marketing High-Tech Products
turing policy.
This course deals with the peculiarities of marketing products and services in high-tech environMGMT-6470 Management of Quality,
ments. High-tech environments are characterized
Processes, and Reliability
Definitions; corporate, economic, and government by high dynamism, high uncertainty, and comenvironments; international considerations; business pressed time cycles. The course consists of case studprocesses and physical processes in manufacturing ies, computer simulations, and a team project.
and services; control and enhancement of processes; Prerequisites: permission of instructor.
organizing for and effecting change; experimental
MGMT-6600 Research and Development
design for design and change; information systems;
Management
Deming approach; product and processes developThe course deals with the responsibilities of, and
ment; capital investment; empowerment of workers;
operating problems faced by managers of research
people make it happen. Prerequisite: MGMT-6100 or
and development. The following areas are included:
permission of instructor.
technology forecasting, technology planning, selection and evaluation of R&D projects, resource alloMGMT-6480 Service Operations Management
Discusses the role of services in an economy, man- cation, planning and control, measuring results of
aging services for competitive advantage, structur- R&D. Particular attention is given to creative probing the service enterprise, managing service opera- lem solving, motivating and managing creative individuals, barriers to innovation, and organization
tions, service productivity, quality, and growth.
alternatives for R&D, including matrix and project
MGMT-6490 Competitive Advantage and
organizations. Prerequisite: MGMT-6190.
Operations Strategy
Includes topics such as manufacturing as a com- MGMT-6610 Global Strategic Management of
petitive weapon; management of quality; manu- Technological Innovation
facturing technology implementation; strategic Helps develop an understanding of and the method
impact of advanced manufacturing technologies; for managing technology as a strategic resource of
and manufacturing’s role in new product devel- the firm. In doing so, an understanding of the
opment. Prerequisite: MGMT-6450 or permission process, roles, and rewards of technological innovation are developed. Integrating the strategic relaof instructor.
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.
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tionship of technology with strategic planning, marketing, finance, engineering, and manufacturing are
covered. Governmental, societal, and international
issues are briefly covered. The course uses a variety
of cases, readings, reports, and lectures.
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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 undertakMGMT-6620 Principles of Technological
en with regard to nation states, industrial sectors,
Entrepreneurship
An introductory graduate course in initiating new and companies. To develop tools of analysis regardtechnology-based business ventures and developing ing technological change, industrial policy, and corthem into self-sustaining and profitable enterprises. porate performance. The impact of technological
Examines the process whereby a person decides to change on industrial growth and competitiveness is
become an entrepreneur, screens opportunities, viewed from three perspectives: the general managselects an appropriate product/market target, and er, the technical professional, and the public official.
obtains the necessary resources. Provides the theo- Prerequisite: MGMT-6390.
retical and practical knowledge for the preparation
MGMT-6750 Legal Aspects of E-Business and
of formal business plans. Students enrolled in the fullInformation Technology
time MBA program cannot use this course on the
Legal, regulatory, and public issues related to EPlan of Study. This course is intended for students
Commerce/E-Business, the Internet, and
enrolled in the part-time MBA, M.S. in MGT or
Information Technology are explored through an
those seeking degrees in other schools at Rensselaer.
analytic, critical thinking approach. Topics include:
e-contracts, digital signatures, B2B and B2C agreeMGMT-6630 Starting Up A New Venture
An understanding of the critical issues related to ments; ownership, protection, and exploitation of
starting up a new business is gained through team- intellectual capital including patents, trademarks,
based experiential learning. Small teams of students copyrights, and trade secrets; regulatory issues; ISP
develop a comprehensive business plan that can be and Web site liability including defamation; copyused to raise money for a new or relatively new ven- right infringement, securities regulation, and crimture. The experiential learning process is enhanced inal acts; policy issues including privacy, security
through team meetings with faculty and/or course and encryption, and obscene materials. Global Eadvisers and through oral presentations to the entire Commerce will be explored.
class. Prerequisite: MGMT-6620.
MGMT-6810 Management of Technical
Projects
MGMT-6660 Strategy, Technology,
Enables the technically-oriented manager to select
and Entrepreneurship
Part two of the two-course sequence that begins projects of value to the organization, develop a projwith MGMT-6650. This course is about strategy ect plan including staffing, perform a risk analysis on
implementation and fundamental concepts in the project, and successfully execute the project.
implementing strategy both at the corporate level Students, working alone or in teams, practice the
and the business unit level. Prerequisite: MGMT- project management process by planning a current
project in the area of new product development,
6650. FOR M.B.A. STUDENTS ONLY.
process reengineering, information systems or any
MGMT-6680 Strategy, Technology, and Global
other project with business implementation.
Competitive Advantage *
This course emphasizes the linkage between tech- MGMT-6940 Independent Study
nology, strategy, and achieving global competitive 1 to 6 credit hours.
advantage. Develops the concept and practical tools
MGMT-6960 Topics in Management
of strategy, strategic planning, and implementation of
3 credit hours
both at the business unit and corporate levels. The
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MGMT-6960 International Finance I
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-6960 Lean Strategies for
Manufacturing and 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.
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- 6650Technology and Competitive Advantage)
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 Developing Innovative New
Products and Services I
(Formerly MGMT-6560)
This course immerses students in the practices and
activities that lead to the creation of innovative new
MANAGEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY
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 Developing Innovative New
Products and Services 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-7100 Marketing and Product
Management
Examines tasks required to manage products and services in U.S. and global marketplaces to maximize revenue and profits. These include customer acquisition
and retention, pricing, product redesign or repositioning, communications management, analysis and
prediction of competitor responses, and distribution
logistics. Each class session provides students with one
or more applications of quantitative methods and/or
information technologies to marketing.
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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
MGMT-7120 International Marketing
Theoretical and practical overview of International results are critically examined. The framework for
Marketing; discussion and analysis of International this course is the application of Lean principles and
Marketing issues, problems and solutions using practices to a wider range of individual and enter-
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prise-level challenges. Prerequisites: MGMT-6040
and MGMT-6190. Recommend MGMT-6450.
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. Prerequisite: MGMT-6390.
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. Prerequisite: MGMT-6390.
MGMT-7730 Economics and Institutions
(Formerly MGMT- 6300- Business Economics)
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 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- 6800Ethical, Political, and Legal Context of Business)
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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Alphabetical Course Listing
Accounting for Reporting and Control
(Formerly MGMT-6190)
MGMT-7740 ..............................................84
Competitive Advantage and
Operations Strategy
MGMT-6490 ..............................................80
Acquisition and Venture Analysis
MGMT-7210 ..............................................83
Computability and Complexity
CSCI-6050 ..................................................66
Advanced Corporate Finance
MGMT-6380 ..............................................79
Computational Fluid Dynamics
MANE-6720 ..............................................74
Advanced Database Management Topics
CSCI-6460 ..................................................66
Computer Communication Networks
ECSE-4670..................................................69
Advanced Electronic Circuits
ECSE-6050..................................................69
Computer Hardware Design
ECSE-4770..................................................69
Advanced Engineering Mathematics I
MANE-5000 ..............................................73
Computer Science Seminar
CISH-6900 ..................................................64
Advanced Engineering Mathematics II
MANE-7000 ..............................................75
Computer Science Seminar
CISH-6902 ..................................................64
Advanced Fracture Mechanics
MANE-6960 ..............................................74
Conduction Heat Transfer
MANE-6630 ..............................................74
Advanced Systems Analysis and Design
MGMT-6170 ..............................................78
Control Systems Engineering
ECSE-4440..................................................68
Advanced Thermodynamics
MANE-6540 ..............................................74
Convective Heat Transfer
MANE-6650 ..............................................74
Advanced Topics in Finite
Element Analysis
MANE-6960 ..............................................75
Creating and Managing an Enterprise I
(Formerly MGMT-6710)
MGMT-6040 ..............................................77
Artificial Intelligence and Heuristics
CISH-6150 ..................................................63
Creating and Managing an Enterprise II
MGMT-6050 ..............................................77
Boundary Layers and Heat Transfer
MANE-4800 ..............................................73
Cultural Environment of
International Business
MGMT-7710 ..............................................84
Broadband and Multimedia Networking
ECSE-6660 ................................................71
Business Implications of Emerging
Technologies I (Formerly MGMT-6610)
MGMT-6060 ..............................................78
Database Mining
CSCI-6390 ..................................................66
Database Systems
CISH-4380 ................................................62
CAPSTONE Project Course
MGMT-7980 ..............................................84
Design and Analysis of Algorithms
CSCI-6210 ..................................................66
Casting and Joining Processes
MTLE-7061 ................................................76
Developing Enterprise Applications
CISH-6960 ..................................................65
Celestial Mechanics
MANE-6410 ..............................................73
Developing Innovative New Products
and Services I
(Formerly MGMT-6560)
MGMT-7050 ..............................................82
Combustion
MANE-6830 ..............................................74
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Developing Innovative Products and Services II
MGMT-7060 ..............................................83
Digital Communications Engineering
ECSE-6560..................................................70
Digital Image and Video Processing
ECSE-6630..................................................70
Digital Signal Processing
ECSE-6620..................................................70
Discrete Mathematics and
Computer Theory
CISH-4010 ..................................................62
Global Strategic Management of
Technological Innovation
MGMT-6610 ..............................................80
High-Temperature Alloys
MTLE-4260 ................................................76
High-Temperature Coatings Engineering
MTLE-696x ................................................76
Independent Study
MGMT-6940 ..............................................81
Information Systems for Management
MGMT-6140 ..............................................78
Distributed Database Systems
CISH-6120 ..................................................63
International Finance I
MGMT-6960 ..............................................82
Economics and Institutions
(Formerly MGMT-6300)
MGMT-7730 ..............................................84
International Marketing
MGMT-7120 ..............................................83
Ethics and Computer Science in the
Information Age
CISH-6961 ..................................................65
Financial Econometrics Modeling
MGMT-6400 ..............................................79
Financial Management I
(Formerly MGMT-6310)
MGMT-6020 ..............................................77
Financial Management II
MGMT-6030 ..............................................77
Financial Markets and Institutions
MGMT-6340 ..............................................79
Foundations of Human-Computer
Interaction Usability
COMM-6420 ..............................................67
Fracture Mechanics
MANE-4650 ..............................................73
Friction and Wear of Materials
MANE-6960 ..............................................75
Fundamentals of Robotics
ECSE-4490 ................................................68
Fundamentals of Signals and Systems
ECSE-4960..................................................69
Global Business and Social Responsibility
(Formerly MGMT-6800)
MGMT-7750 ..............................................84
International Negotiations
MGMT-7700 ..............................................84
International Operations
(Formerly MGMT-6350)
MGMT-6390 ..............................................79
Introduction to Applied Statistics
DSES-6110 ................................................68
Introduction to Compressible Flow
MANE-5060 ..............................................73
Introduction to Finite Elements
MANE-4240 ..............................................72
Introduction to Multiphase Flow
and Heat Transfer I
MANE-6840 ..............................................74
Introduction to Stochastic Signals
and Systems
ECSE-6510..................................................70
Instrumentation and Measurement
ECSE-5010..................................................69
Investment Analysis I
MGMT-6320 ..............................................79
Investment Analysis II
MGMT-6330 ..............................................79
LANs, MANs, and Internetworking
CISH-6220 ................................................63
Leadership and Organizational Improvement
MGMT-7540 ..............................................83
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Lean Strategies for Manufacturing and Services
MGMT-6960 ..............................................82
Master’s Thesis in Mechanical Engineering
MANE-6990 ..............................................75
Legal Aspects of E-Business and
Information Technology
MGMT-6750 ..............................................81
Mechanical Engineering Foundations I
MANE-5100 ..............................................73
Macroeconomics and International
Environments of Business
MGMT-6290 ..............................................79
Management of Quality,
Processes, and Reliability
MGMT-6470 ..............................................80
Management of Technical Projects
MGMT-6810 ..............................................81
Managing Supply Networks
MGMT-7500 ..............................................83
Manufacturing Systems Management
MGMT-6450 ..............................................80
Marketing and Product Management
MGMT-7100 ..............................................83
Marketing Communication
and Promotion Strategy
MGMT-6540 ..............................................80
Marketing High-Tech Products
MGMT-6580 ..............................................80
Marketing Research
MGMT-6550 ..............................................80
Master’s Project
CISH-6980 ..................................................66
Master’s Project in Computer and
Information Sciences
CSCI-6980 ..................................................67
Mechanical Engineering Foundations II
MANE-7100 ..............................................76
Mechanics of Composite Materials
MANE-6180 ..............................................73
Multibody Dynamics
MANE-6420 ..............................................73
Multivariable Control Systems
ECSE-6460 ................................................70
Network Management
CISH-6230 ................................................63
Networks, Innovation, and Value Creation I
MGMT-6080 ..............................................78
Nonlinear Control Systems
ECSE-6420 ................................................69
Nuclear Power Engineering
ECSE-6960..................................................72
Object-Oriented Database Systems
CISH-6110 ..................................................63
Object-Oriented Programming and Design
CISH-6010 ..................................................63
Object Structures
CISH-4020 ..................................................62
Operating Systems
CISH-4210 ..................................................62
Optical Fiber Communications
ECSE-7010..................................................72
Master’s Project in Electrical Engineering
ECSE-6980..................................................72
Optimal Control Theory
ECSE-6440..................................................70
Master’s Project in
Mechanical Engineering
MANE-6980 ..............................................75
Plasticity
MANE-6490 ..............................................73
Master’s Thesis
CISH-6990 ..................................................66
Master’s Thesis in Computer and
Information Sciences
CSCI-6990 ..................................................67
Master’s Thesis in Electrical Engineering
ECSE-6990..................................................72
Plates and Shells
MANE-6200 ..............................................73
Principles of Technological Entrepreneurship
MGMT-6620 ..............................................81
Principles of Wireless Communications
ECSE-6590..................................................70
Probability for Engineering Applications
ECSE-4500..................................................68
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Professional Project
CISH-6970 ..................................................66
Statistics and Operations Management I
MGMT-6100 ..............................................77
Professional Project
CSCI-6970 ..................................................67
Statistics and Operations Management II
MGMT-6110 ..............................................77
Quality Control and Reliability
DSES-6230..................................................68
Strategic Information Systems Management
MGMT-6180 ..............................................79
Radiation Heat Transfer
MANE-6640 ..............................................74
Strategy, Technology, and Competition I
(Formerly MGMT-6650)
MGMT-7030 ..............................................82
Readings in Computer and
Information Sciences
CISH-4940 ..................................................63
Strategy, Technology, and Entrepreneurship
MGMT-6660 ..............................................81
Readings in Computer and
Information Sciences
CISH-6940 ................................................64
Strategy, Technology, and
Global Competitive Advantage
MGMT-6680 ..............................................81
Readings in Computer Science
CSCI-6940 ..................................................67
Structured Computer Architecture
CISH-4030 ................................................62
Real-Time Programming and Applications
ECSE-7100..................................................72
Sustainable Business Development
MGMT-7003 ..............................................82
Research and Development Management
MGMT-6600 ..............................................80
Systems Analysis Techniques
ECSE-6400..................................................69
Research Methods
CISH-6960H09 ..........................................65
Taxation for Business and Investment Planning
MGMT-6960 ..............................................82
Research and Development Management
MGMT-6600 ..............................................80
Technological Change and
International Competitiveness
MGMT-6730 ..............................................81
Robotics and Automation Systems
ECSE-6410..................................................69
Seminar in Management
MGMT-7xxx ..............................................82
Service Operations Management
MGMT-6480 ..............................................80
Software Engineering I
ECSE-6770 ................................................71
Software Engineering II
(Continuation of ECSE-6770)
ECSE-6780..................................................71
Software Engineering Management
CISH-6050 ................................................63
Starting Up A New Venture
MGMT-6630 ..............................................81
Statistical Methods for Reliability Engineering
DSES-6070..................................................68
Theory of Compiler Design
CSCI-6480 ..................................................67
Theory of Compressible Flow
MANE-6550 ..............................................74
Topics in Computer and Information Sciences
CISH-4960 ................................................63
Topics in Computer and Information Sciences
CISH-6960 ..................................................64
Topics in Computer and Information Sciences
CSCI-6960 ..................................................67
Topics in Computer Science:
Artificial Intelligence and Heuristics
CISH-6960 ..................................................64
Topics in Computer Science:
Bioinformatics
CISH-6960 ..................................................64
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Topics in Computer Science:
Cryptography and Network Security
CISH-6960 ..................................................64
Topics in Mechanical Engineering:
Mechatronics
MANE-6960 ..............................................75
Topics in Computer Science:
Evolutionary Computation
CISH-6960 ..................................................65
Topics in Mechanical Engineering:
Modeling and Analysis of Machining Systems
MANE-6960 ..............................................75
Topics in Computer Science:
New Horizons in Computer Architecture
and Networks
CISH-6960 ..................................................65
Turbomachinery
MANE-5080 ..............................................73
Topics in Computer Science:
Data Warehouse Systems
CISH-6960 ..................................................65
Topics in Electrical Engineering
ECSE-6960..................................................71
Topics in Electrical Engineering:
Applied Digital Signal Processing
ECSE-6960..................................................71
Topics in Electrical Engineering:
Cryptography and Network Security
ECSE-6960..................................................71
Topics in Electrical Engineering:
Embedded Digital Control Systems
ECSE-6960..................................................71
Topics in Electrical Engineering:
Mechatronics
ECSE-6960..................................................71
Topics in Management
MGMT-6960 ..............................................81
Topics in Materials Engineering
MTLE-6960 ................................................76
Topics in Materials Engineering:
Creep and Fatigue of Metals
MTLE-6960 ................................................76
Topics in Materials Engineering:
Intermediate Temperature Degradation
and Protection
MTLE-6960 ................................................76
Topics in Materials Engineering:
Light Metal Alloys
MTLE-6960 ................................................76
Topics in Mechanical Engineering
MANE-6960 ..............................................74
Turbulence
MANE-6530 ..............................................74
Vibrations
MANE-4610 ..............................................72
Web Application Design and Development
CISH-6510 ..................................................64
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RENSSELAER’S CENTERS FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Rensselaer’s Centers for
Professional Development
Director: Elliot B. Field
Rensselaer’s Centers for Professional
Development (RCPD) 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. Courses are offered in
the areas of Leadership and Executive
Development and include leading in
knowledge environments, Computer
and Information Technology with a focus on new or creative ways to address old problems, and Technical
and Professional Development. RCPD provides an effective means for professionals to understand and
make use of new knowledge and information to support themselves and the growth of their organization.
RCPD has two significant partners: the Connecticut Quality Council and the Center for Creative
Leadership. The Connecticut Quality Council (CQC) has been affiliated with Rensselaer for over fifteen
years and provides the opportunity to integrate knowledge and experience from an active network of organizations at the leading edge of quality implementation. The Center for Creative Leadership is an internationally renowned organization that provides leadership training and is consistently ranked as one of the
best in the world.
Many professional development programs are offered in a published open calendar. Anyone may sign up
and take these programs. RCPD can also provide customized courses for any organization designed specifically to meet the needs of that organization. A unique advantage of RCPD is the ability to combine components from our various different content offerings and build integrated programs for clients.
Content Areas
Leadership and Executive Development
RCPD offers leadership programs that are designed to provide the most effective enhancement of leadership skills possible. Rensselaer is part of the Center for Creative Leadership’s international network of
organizations delivering the Leadership Development Program (LDP)® and the Foundations of Leadership
(FOL) program. RCPD also uses its background and experience to offer programs in coaching and leadership specifically designed for challenges faced by technical managers.
Computer and Information Technology
RCPD has both the faculty and facilities to deliver state-of-the-art computer training. Programs focus on
a broad range of IT subjects and skill areas with special focus on critical IT management areas. The educational experience involves immediate and direct application of learning in our computer labs.
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Technical and Professional Development
RCPD offers a suite of workshops designed to help technical professionals and executives improve their effectiveness in the work environment. These courses tend to
be skills-based with a specific objective as the focus. We
also offer support to engineers who are interested in
receiving the designation Professional Engineer by providing preparatory courses for the Fundamentals in
Engineering examination; the Professional Engineering
examinations in mechanical, civil, and electrical engineering; and the Land Surveyor examination.
Corporate Training Solutions
Today’s organizations need to be “learning organizations.”
One part of this process is to ensure that the organization’s employees have the skills they need to communicate effectively and the values that are critical to the organization. RCPD is able to provide solutions
designed specifically for your organizational needs that can integrate the content from any of the areas
described above. We also have considerable experience with technical and professional organizations. We
work cooperatively with client organizations to complete a needs assessment, design programs specific to
those needs, staff and deliver those programs, and evaluate their effectiveness in meeting the stated learning objectives. RCPD can serve as your organization’s partner to deliver high-caliber training.
Connecticut Quality Council
Executive Director: Gary E. Rosentreter
Home Page: www.ctqualitycouncil.org
The Connecticut Quality Council (CQC) is a coalition of business, government, education, and labor that
promotes the philosophy and principles of Total Quality and Continuous Improvement as a sound business operating strategy for all organizations. In the fall of 1990, Rensselaer, as the only representative from
the educational community, joined with twenty-seven business leaders in the founding of CQC.
CQC’s membership and diversity (in both size and industry) continually increase thereby enhancing the
opportunities to benefit from the “stars and scars” of peers and competitors alike. Membership is organizational rather than individual in recognition of the need to involve the entire organization--people, culture,
change--in the effort to focus on continuous improvement in services, processes and/or products that satisfy
customer needs.
CQC has become a respected and valued resource for high-caliber, Total Quality education and training
(both experiential and traditional) as well as for professional networking and information sharing with fellow practitioners.
The mission, vision, and goals of Rensselaer and CQC are complementary. Both organizations strive to
work for a fully developed coalition of business, government, labor, education, and community.
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FACULTY
Faculty
Assistant Dean for Academic Programs: Houman Younessi, Ph.D.
Department of Engineering and Science
Computer Science - Full-time Faculty
Brown, Roger H. Clinical Assistant Professor; M.S.E.E. (University of Illinois)
Eberbach, Eugene Clinical Associate Professor; Ph.D. (Warsaw University of Technology, Poland)
Pawlak, Renaud Clinical Assistant Professor; Ph.D. (French National Institute of Arts and Crafts, France)
Younessi, Houman Clinical Professor; Ph.D. (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)
Computer Science - Adjunct Faculty
Blough, R. Thomas Adjunct Professor; M.S. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Clarke, David L. Adjunct Professor; M.S. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Exley, Gerard Adjunct Professor; Ph.D. (University of Connecticut)
Kousen, Kenneth A. Adjunct Professor; Ph.D. (Princeton University)
LaBarre, Robert E. Adjunct Professor; Ph.D. (University of Connecticut)
Madison, James Adjunct Professor; Ph.D. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
McCarthy, Charles F. Adjunct Professor; M.S. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Myers, Mark R. Adjunct Professor; Ph.D. (Cornell University)
Stevens, Michael Adjunct Professor; M.S. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Weatherby, Gerard Adjunct Professor; M.S. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Engineering - Full-time Faculty
Brown, Roger H. Clinical Assistant Professor; M.S.E.E. (University of Illinois)
Gutierrez-Miravete, Ernesto Clinical Associate Professor; Ph.D.
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Cassenti, Brice N. Clinical Associate Professor; Ph.D. (Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn)
Mesiya, Mohammed F. Clinical Associate Professor; Ph.D. (Queen’s University, Canada)
Younessi, Houman Clinical Professor; Ph.D. (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)
Engineering - Adjunct Faculty
Annigeri, Balkrishna S. Adjunct Professor; Sc.D. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Bak, Michael Adjunct Professor; Ph.D. (University of Connecticut)
Bortoff, Scott A. Adjunct Professor; Ph.D. (University of Illinois)
Bose, Sudha Adjunct Professor; Ph.D. (University of California at Berkeley)
Brown, Kenneth W. Adjunct Professor; Ph.D. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Dennis, Anthony J. Adjunct Professor; Ph.D. (University of Connecticut)
Donachie, Matthew J., Jr. Adjunct Professor; Sc.D. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Fazil, Hussain M. Adjunct Professor; Ph.D. (Penn State)
LaBarre, Robert E. Adjunct Professor; Ph.D. (University of Connecticut)
Marcin, John J. Adjunct Professor; M.S. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Moon, Paul R. Adjunct Professor; Ph.D. (University of Manitoba, Canada)
Quinn, Joseph W. Adjunct Professor; M.S. (Trinity College)
Tew, David E. Adjunct Professor; Ph.D. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Wagner, Timothy C. Adjunct Professor; Ph.D. (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
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Lally School of Management and Technology
Full-Time Faculty
Albright, Robert R., II Clinical Associate Professor; Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh)
Arnheiter, Edward D. Clinical Associate Professor; Ph.D. (University of Massachusetts)
Gingerella, Louis W., Jr. Clinical Associate Professor; M.B.A. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Kelly, Leonard J. Clinical Professor; Ph.D. (University of Connecticut)
Luddy, William J., Jr. Clinical Professor; J.D. (University of Connecticut)
Maleyeff, John Clinical Professor; Ph.D. (University of Massachusetts)
McIntyre, Kevin-John Clinical Associate Professor; Ph.D. (Syracuse University)
Peteros, Randall G. Clinical Associate Professor; J.D. (Western New England College School of Law)
Rainey, David L. Clinical Professor; Ph.D. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Stodder, James P. Clinical Associate Professor; Ph.D. (Yale University)
Younessi, Houman Clinical Professor; Ph.D. (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)
Adjunct Faculty
Araujo, Robert J. Adjunct Professor; M.S. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
and M.B.A. (University of New Haven)
Bialecki, Dennis M. Adjunct Professor; M.B.A. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Getz, Richard D. Adjunct Professor; J.D. (Western New England College School of Law)
Kerr, James M. Adjunct Professor; M.S. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Luddy, Grace B. Adjunct Professor; M.S. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
O’Donovan, Edward G. Adjunct Professor; M.B.A. (University of Connecticut)
Russell, Susan A. Adjunct Professor; Ph.D. (Fielding Institute)
Sparzo, Gregory M. Adjunct Professor; M.S. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
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ADMINISTRATION
Administration
Board of Trustees
Members
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
Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
John A. Minasian, Ph.D., Vice President and Dean, Rensselaer Hartford Campus
Charles F. Carletta, J.D., Secretary
Rebecca M. Danchak, M.S. ’78, M.A., Assistant Secretary
Rensselaer Hartford Campus Administration
Office of the Vice President and Dean
Vice President and Dean ..................................................................................John A. Minasian, Ph.D.
Executive Assistant ..................................................................................................Lorraine Kammerer
Administrative Assistant I ..................................................................................................Anita Sladyk
Administrative Services
Conference Facility Coordinator......................................................................................Deneice Jordan
Operations Assistant ........................................................................................................Linda Johnson
Evening Receptionist ................................................................................................Stephanie Bergeron
Evening Receptionist....................................................................................................Rosalind Dawson
Evening Receptionist ........................................................................................................Barbara Grady
Evening Receptionist ..................................................................................................Ann Montgomery
Evening Receptionist ....................................................................................................Traymeshia Story
The Cole Library
Director....................................................................................................................Mary S. Dixey, MLS
Acquisitions/ILL Librarian ..........................................................................................Carol Flynn, LTA
Instructional Services Librarian ..........................................................................Linda M. Knaack, MLS
Consortium Cataloger, Part-time..............................................................................Gale Brancato, MLS
Distributed Education and Multimedia
Director............................................................................................................Brian J. Clement, M.B.A.
Engineer..........................................................................................................................Lloyd Omphroy
Multimedia Producer....................................................................................................Paul Sartini, M.S.
Multimedia Producer/Operations Coordinator ............................................................Karen Silva, B.A.
Multimedia Producer ..........................................................................................................David Gillon
Technical Support Specialist ......................................................................................Mark Chmielewski
Enrollment Management
Director, Enrollment Management and Marketing ............................................Kristin E. Galligan, M.S.
Program Manager..........................................................................................Christa A. Sterling, M.B.A.
Program Manager ..................................................................................................Robert F. Sheftel, B.S.
Program Administrator ..............................................................................................Stephanie L. Hood
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Financial Aid Office
Student Services and Financial Aid Administrator ..........................................................John F. Gonyea
Financial Services
Interim Controller..........................................................................................Joseph A. Barbieri, M.B.A.
Manager, Financial Services..................................................................................Natalie A. Sutera, B.S.
Accounts Receivable Specialist ....................................................................................Lynn Vitale, B.A.
Payroll/Benefits Coordinator ..................................................................................Patricia O’Brien, B.S.
Supervisor, Student Accounts (Accounts Receivable) ......................................Audrey C. Cardillo, A.S.
Marketing
Director of Marketing and Business Development ......................................................Elliot B. Field, B.S.
Senior Program Manager ........................................................................................Nancy J. Farrell, M.S.
Senior Program Manager ........................................................................................Gregory Sparzo, M.S.
Program Manager......................................................................................................Michael Bozzi, B.A.
Program Manager ........................................................................................Donald F. Pendagast III, B.S.
Office of Student Services
Acting Associate Dean for Student Services ......................................Rebecca M. Danchak, M.S., M.A.
Student Services and Financial Aid Administrator ..........................................................John F. Gonyea
Cohort Program Administrator ..........................................................................Donna M. Hechler, B.S.
Office of Communications
Communications Manager ....................................................................................Thomas J. Bittel, B.A.
Communications Coordinator ............................................................................Robin M. Micket, M.A.
Office of the Registrar
Registrar......................................................................................................................Doris M. Matsikas
Assistant Registrar....................................................................................................Angela Buonannata
Student Services Specialist............................................................................................Brian Harrington
Operations and Facilities
Manager ..............................................................................................................Paul J. Murphy, M.B.A.
Maintenance Mechanic ......................................................................................................Daniel Smith
Parking Attendant................................................................................................................Bob Lathrop
Rensselaer’s Centers for Professional Development
Director ......................................................................................................................Elliot B. Field, B.S.
Program Administrator ............................................................................................Carole Charles, B.S.
Program and Business Development Administrator ..............................................Edward Marinko, B.S.
Program Specialist ............................................................................................................Susan Kramer
Program Specialist ............................................................................................................Elaine Papanic
Connecticut Quality Council
Executive Director..........................................................................................Gary E. Rosentreter, Ed.D.
Southeastern Connecticut Site
Associate Technical Coordinator ..........................................................Shameka Owens-Hayward, A.S.
Production Assistant ......................................................................................................Geoffrey Owens
Production Assistant......................................................................................................Tunnesia Owens
Production Assistant ..............................................................................................................Kelli Lacey
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Technical and Information Services
Director............................................................................................................Brian J. Clement, M.B.A.
Administrative Systems Coordinator ........................................................................Richard Silva, B.A.
Director, Network Information Systems ..........................................................................Gary Trail, M.S.
Programmer Analyst/Administrative Systems ......................................................Doria DiNino, M.B.A.
Programmer Analyst/Academic Support ......................................................................Marie Smith, B.S.
Senior Analyst/PC System Administrator ........................................................................Adam Hechler
System Administrator ..............................................................................................Brian Hartlieb, M.S.
Technical Advisor/PC Systems Support ................................................................Arthur Potter, Jr., A.S.
Telecommunications and Help Desk Specialist ..............................................................Jennifer Carone
Academic Departments and Programs
Assistant Dean for Academic Programs ............................................................Houman Younessi, Ph.D.
Administrative Specialist ..............................................................................................Florence Josephs
Business Analyst ..............................................................................................Stephen J. Bergeron, B.S.
Lally School of Management and Technology
Area Coordinator ....................................................................................................John Maleyeff, Ph.D.
Outreach Programs, Troy Campus
Director of Outreach Programs ....................................................................................Kim Scalzo, M.S.
Assistant ......................................................................................................................Ajuba Jones, B.S.
Assistant Director for Program Operations ..............................................................Connie Grega, M.S.
Program Coordinator ..............................................................................................Mecaila Smith, B.A.
Program Manager for Recruitment ..................................................................Michael Gunther, M.S.A.
Senior Coordinator of Program Operations..................................................................Anita Lindemann
Senior Program Administrator for Summer Programs......................................Mary-Teresa Heath, Ph.D.
Student Services Administrator ................................................................................Ronnie Rowe, M.S.
INDEX
97
Index
NOTE: Page numbers preceded by “HB” are in the blue Student Handbook section.
Academic Calendar ........................................8-9
Course Descriptions....................................62-84
Academic Dismissal ........................................20
Academic Information................................20-30
Credit by Transfer, Examination,
and Waiver ............................................24-25
Academic Integrity ......................................HB9
Credit Hour Definition ....................................24
Academic Load................................................20
Degree Applicants ..........................................14
Academic Standing ....................................20-21
Degree Completion..........................................30
Accelerated Weekend M.B.A...........................53
Directions/Maps ....................(inside back cover)
Accreditation ....................................................5
Directory Information ..................................HB6
Add/Drop Regulations ....................................22
Directory of Student Services ......................HB2
Administration ..........................................94-96
Disabled Student Services ........................HB6-7
Admissions ................................................14-16
Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and
Campus Crime Statistics ..................HB17-26
Advisors ..........................................................21
Affirmative Action ....................................5, HB10
Alphabetical Course Listing ..........................85-89
Alumni Relations ........................................HB4
Attendance Requirements ..............................21
Auditing ..........................................................22
Background Preparation
for Applicants..........................................15-16
Board of Trustees ............................................94
Building Directories......................................HB3
Campus Maps/Directions
..........................................(inside back cover)
Career Development Center ........................HB5
Career Enrichment Services ........................HB5
Change of Address ......................................HB6
Changes in Course Registration ......................22
Changes in Status ......................................22-23
Cole Library and Services ................................12
Commencement Exercises
(Degree Completion) ..................................30
Distributed Education and Multimedia............11
Dual Master’s Programs ..................................57
Education for Working Professionals ..................4
Educational Resources................................10-13
Electrical Engineering ......................................40
Emergencies ................................................HB7
Engineering and Science,
Department of ........................................31-49
M.S. Computer Science ..........................32-33
Computer Science
Certificate Programs ..........................33-34
Computer Network Communications..........33
Database Systems ......................................34
Information Systems ..................................34
Software Engineering ................................34
Engineering Degree Programs ................39-47
Engineering Certificate Programs............48-49
Control Systems ........................................48
High Temperature Materials ......................49
Computer and Systems Engineering ................42
Information Technology..........................35-37
Connecticut Quality Council ..........................91
Engineering Science ........................................44
Consortium Registration..................................23
Elite Master’s Program ....................................53
Co-op Program ............................................HB5
Extension Requests, (Time Limit)....................20
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Facility Scheduling ......................................HB7
Master of Science in
Information Technology..........................35-37
Financial Aid ..................................................17
Master of Science in Management..............54-55
Financial Responsibilities ................................18
Master’s Thesis/Project ....................................28
Frequently Asked Questions ..........................6-7
Mechanical Engineering ............................45-47
GMAT and Waiver Policy................................15
Network and Servers ......................................10
Grade Calculations ..........................................29
Nonmatriculated Applicants............................14
Grade Point Average (GPA) ............................28
Notice Regarding Changes ....................................2
Grade Requirements ........................................25
Parking ........................................................HB8
Faculty........................................................92-93
Grading System ..........................................26-27
Payment Options ........................................18-19
Grievance and Hearing Procedure ............HB15-16
Plan of Study (See Advisors)............................21
Southeastern Connecticut Site ........................13
Policies ....................................................HB9-30
Identification Cards......................................HB7
AIDS ........................................................HB9
Immunization Requirements ........................HB7
Academic Integrity ................................HB9-10
Information Technology..............................35-37
Acts of Intolerance ....................................HB9
Institutional Requirements ........................28-30
Affirmative Action ..................................HB10
International Applicants..................................14
Cancellation/Delayed Opening ..................HB11
International Scholars Program ..................60-61
Disclosure of Campus Security Policy
and Campus Crime Statistics ..............HB17-26
Laboratories, Personal Computers ..............10-11
Lally School of Management
and Technology ......................................50-58
CAPSTONE Course Requirement ..............58
Dual Master’s Programs ..............................57
Elite Master’s Program ................................53
Master of Business Administration ............52-53
Management and Technology
Concentrations:..............................55-57
Enterprise Management ........................56-57
Innovation and Entrepreneurship ................55
Master of Science in Management ............54-55
Weekend M.B.A. ........................................53
Leave of Absence ............................................21
Management Programs and Degree Programs
(see Lally School) ....................................52-57
Drug Education Program ..........................HB13
Drug-Free Institution ................................HB14
Illegal Drug and
Alcohol Abuse ........................HB11-13, HB19
FERPA ..................................................HB14
Persons with Disabilities ............................HB11
General Academic Regulations ..................HB15
Grievance and Hearing
Procedures ........................................HB15-16
Sexual Assault ........................HB19, HB26-29
Sexual Harassment ..................................HB19
Smoking Policy ........................................HB30
Student Rights in the Classroom ................HB30
Readmission ..............................................20-21
Registration ....................................................20
Master of Business Administration..............52-53
Rensselaer Fellows Program ............................59
Master of Science in Computer Science........32-33
Rensselaer’s Hartford Campus ..........................4
INDEX
99
Rensselaer’s Centers for
Professional Development ..................5, 90-91
Student Loan Deferments................................17
Computer and Information Technology ............90
Technical and Information Services ............10-11
Connecticut Quality Council ..........................91
Time Limit for Degrees ....................................20
Corporate Training Solutions ..........................91
Transcript Requests..........................................30
Leadership and Executive Development............90
Transfer of Credit ............................................24
Technical and Professional Development ..........91
Trustees, Board of ............................................94
Rensselaer’s Southeastern Connecticut Site ....13
Validation Examination ..................................25
Rensselaer Shop ..........................................HB4
Veterans’ Benefits ............................................24
Residence and Time Limit ..............................20
Waiver ............................................................25
Returning after Absence ..................................23
Weekend M.B.A. ............................................53
Russell’s Bistro at Rensselaer ........................HB4
Welcome ........................................................4-7
Security and Safety Measures ......................HB8
Withdrawal......................................................21
Student Financial Services..........................18-19
Student Loans..................................................17
Student Services and Resources ................HB4-8
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