When we began our journey under The Rensselaer Plan, we worked together and made major investments in people, programs, platforms, and partnerships to bring about a true renaissance at Rensselaer. Over the past fifteen years, we have transformed the Troy campus with the addition of facilities such as the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, Center for Computational Innovations, Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, and the East Campus Athletic Village.
The spirit of exploration and discovery permeate the facilities that enable our people and programs to flourish. The platforms are integral to the values and goals of the Plan and further our interdisciplinary culture. These facilities support research and exemplify our core strengths – learning by doing; interdisciplinary inquiry; and technological innovation and entrepreneurship.
The leaders of tomorrow – Rensselaer students who will change the world – are provided with opportunities to participate in and experience the interdisciplinary approach that is necessary for personal, social, political, technological, and scientific advancement through these platforms. In order to prepare for our future and achieve success under The Rensselaer Plan 2024, we must continue to provide support for the state of the art facilities in which our students and faculty collaboratively work.
The physical transformation of the Troy campus over the past decade has been the most externally visible sign of the institutional metamorphosis. We have built four transformative platforms to anchor and animate Rensselaer education, research, and the student living/learning environment. The Rensselaer Plan 2024
The Manufacturing Innovation Learning Laboratory (MILL)
The MILL faculty, and supporting faculty throughout the School of Engineering, has demonstrated its expertise in manufacturing education for over a decade. The proposed MILL expansion and upgrade is an investment that will ensure that the faculty continue to set the bar in advanced manufacturing education; and will require an investment in space, equipment, and the control systems to complete the state-of-the-art educational facility, which also will provide significant opportunity as a test bed for big data projects in manufacturing, an area in which Rensselaer also excels.
A total investment of $4.5 million is needed to complete the physical renovation and expansion of the MILL, including the addition of modern industry-grade equipment. The result of this investment will be a world-class center of manufacturing engineering excellence at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The expansion, or phase one, will create a 2,500 square foot, second-floor for two mezzanine classrooms, one office, an educational center, three mezzanine spaces and a first floor common large project space. The renovation of the first floor, or phase two, will involve updating exciting facilities or approximately 3,600 square feet, and the addition of new equipment.
The Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS)
Opened in 2004, CBIS is at the core of our success in information technology and biotechnology. With 218,000 square feet of next-generation lab, office, and classroom space, CBIS houses Rensselaer faculty and researchers engaged in interdisciplinary research, and hosts world-class programs and symposia.
CBIS has the capacity to house “constellations” of faculty, graduate students, and others – approximately 400 researchers in all – who constitute a critical mass of expertise within specific focal areas. The biotechnology focal areas are functional tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, integrative systems biology, biocomputation and bioinformatics, and biocatalysis and metabolic engineering.
The interdisciplinary nature of CBIS has enabled Rensselaer to make significant contributions to solving the global challenges for the last 10 years.