Facilitate Our Partnerships

The Jefferson Project at Lake George aims to establish one of the world’s most sophisticated environmental monitoring and prediction systems.

To continue to provide Rensselaer students with an education of undisputed intellectual rigor nearly 200 years since our founding, we rely on the support of several partners such as Rensselaer donors, alumni, friends, and corporations and foundations. 

The transformation Rensselaer has undergone as part of The Rensselaer Plan was only possible with the backing of entire Rensselaer community, and the future of the Institute is also dependent on the continued involvement of Rensselaer partners.

Rensselaer is already making great strides in implementing the vision under The Rensselaer Plan 2024, illustrated in part by the Institute wide partnerships that are helping to elevate the global reach and impact. Many of these partnerships are driven by the establishment of the university-wide Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications, or The Rensselaer IDEA. The Rensselaer IDEA makes use of the unparalleled computational ecosystem at Rensselaer, all while preparing students to lead in a world awash in data.

The Rensselaer IDEA has inspired a number of significant new data-driven partnerships.

The Jefferson Project at Lake George

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(L to R): Eric Siy, executive director for The Fund for Lake George; John Kelly ’78, senior vice president and director of research at IBM; and Rensselaer President Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson joined together on June 27, 2013 at Lake George to formally announce The Jefferson Project at Lake George.

The Jefferson Project at Lake George is a partnership with IBM and The Fund for Lake George to turn Lake George, at the base of the Adirondack Mountains, into the “smartest lake in the world.” The partners are adding cyber-physical platforms to the lake to allow for real-time data collection and monitoring in order to understand and remediate its water quality. This will serve as a global model for data-driven ecological stewardship in the future.


Healthcare Partnerships

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Rensselaer students can now take advantage of the FlexMed program at Mount Sinai, which allows Rensselaer sophomores to apply for medical school without taking the MCAT exam. Those admitted first finish their Rensselaer undergraduate degrees, and then move directly into the Icahn School of Medicine.

Healthcare is a particularly promising field for data explorations and Rensselaer is working in partnership with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, yielding joint research projects and exciting, new educational opportunities for students of both institutions.

Rensselaer is also working in partnership with Optum Labs, which is led by CEO and Rensselaer alumnus, Paul Bleicher, Class of 1976. Optum Labs is a collaborative research center founded by the Mayo Clinic and healthcare management and technology company Optum. Working together, with access to approximately 150 million patient records, Rensselaer faculty and students plan to analyze the data to help lead to new uses for pharmaceuticals and better medical treatment.