The Society of Families

Manzini Family
We have seen our son blossom at Rensselaer… due to the academic opportunities available to him, the quality of the faculty and their engagement with the students, as well as his [involvement] in several research projects. Tom has expanded his horizons...Society of Families Leadership Committee
Aldo and Robyn Manzini P’16, Sabina, and Thomas ’16

Since 1824, Rensselaer has been dedicated to instructing our students in “the application of science to the common purposes of life.” Our historic mission and our core academic strengths are what make a Rensselaer education so relevant today.

Gifts to the Rensselaer Annual Fund are essential to this mission. Each year more than 1,200 families of Rensselaer students support the Rensselaer Annual Fund. These dollars directly impact your student’s time on campus.

Your annual gift of $2,500 or more to the Rensselaer Annual Fund qualifies you for membership in the Society of Families, and gives you a stake in the future of our students and in the future of Rensselaer. To learn about how you can honor your student with a lasting mark on campus, visit the ECAV paver web page.

Please join us and make a difference today. Membership in the Society of Families provides the opportunity to connect with faculty, campus leaders, and other parents at special receptions and events.


"We give because we believe in the leadership and direction of Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson. Her efforts to improve diversity and to make Rensselaer a "first choice" is a major reason for our support."
- Brian Casey and Natalie Walters-Casey P'20
"Joining the society of families is our pleasure and honor. Our family truly appreciates what RPI has done for me. We want to say thank you to RPI and all the faculties and staff here."
- Guanyu (Gary) Chen P'17
"It is a privilege to join the Rensselaer Parent Leadership Council, a group of truly engaged parents. My child is benefiting significantly through the network of Rensselaer's leadership team and industry connections."
-Jiaping Liu - Parent Leadership Council P'19
"As a legacy family, we are happy to become a society of family's member. It is a great pleasure to help contributing to my Alma Mater Rensselaer, as well as connecting students to IBM, where I have worked for 39 years."
- Dr. Barry Edward Willner '72,'73,'75 PhD Sci. P'17



Become a Society of Families Member

There are many ways to contribute to the success of our students.  If you are interested in making a gift, joining this dedicated committee of parent volunteers, or for more information about the Society of Families, please contact:

Perry Babcock
Senior Advancement Officer, Parent Giving Program
(518) 276-3944