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A Showcase of The New Polytechnic and  Presidential Global Game Changers Panel

PRESENTED BY The Rensselaer Silicon Valley Executive Council

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Rosewood Sand Hill
Menlo Park, California

Rensselaer Highlights Transformative Research, Innovative Pedagogy, Industry Game Changers, and Scholarship Support


On March 2, 2019, more than 150 alumni, alumnae, parents, corporate partners, and friends of the Institute gathered for the opportunity to network and meet with Institute leadership, renowned faculty, and talented students. The evening began with a reception and research showcase that demonstrated the paradigm of The New Polytechnic through faculty presentations and featuring the groundbreaking interdisciplinary research taking place in centers and laboratories across the Institute, and beyond.


Following the research showcase was a fascinating panel discussion on The Future of Venture Capital Investing moderated by President Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., and featured a panel of distinguished alumni whose contributions to science and the common welfare of humanity are well known. We honored two corporate partners, United Airlines and Western Digital, for their commitment and dedication to student scholarship at Rensselaer with the inaugural Global Game Changers Award.


The evening culminated with a musical performance by three current Rensselaer students, along with Mary Simoni, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.


Thank you to our corporate event sponsors: IBM, Sodexo, United and our platinum sponsor, Western Digital.

All proceeds from this event support scholarships for Rensselaer students.

If you would like to support scholarship at Rensselaer, please make a gift to the Rensselaer Annual Fund Scholars Program

Event Details

Research Showcase Participants


The Baruch ’60 Center for Biochemical Solar Energy Research
Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS)
Center for Materials, Devices, and Integrated Systems (cMDIS)
Cognitive and Immersive Systems Lab (CISL)
The Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications (IDEA)
The Jefferson Project at Lake George
Student Life Showcase featuring CLASS and The Arch


The Future of Venture Capital Investing

A Presidential Global Game Changers Panel:
Moderated by Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President



Thomas R. Baruch ’60, J.D.
Founder and Managing Director, Baruch Future Ventures, LLC
Trustee Emeritus, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

John Capek ’83, ’84G, ’85G, ’87G, ’88 Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, Ventures, Abbott
Chair, Rensselaer Silicon Valley Executive Council

Curtis R. Priem ’82
Co-Founder and Former Chief Technical Officer, NVIDIA
Secretary, Board of Trustees, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Srinivasan Sivaram ’85G, ’86 Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, Memory Technology, Western Digital
Trustee, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Marcian Edward “Ted” Hoff, Jr. ’58, Ph.D.
“Father of the Microprocessor”
Member, National Inventors Hall of Fame

Global Game Changers Award Presentation

Srinivasan Sivaram ’85G, ’86 Ph.D. Executive Vice President of Memory Technology at Western Digital and Trustee, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute accepts the award on behalf of Western Digital.


Linda Pitzi Jojo ’87, ’92G Executive Vice President of Technology, and Chief Digital Officer at United Airlines, Incorporated and Trustee, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute accepts the award on behalf of United Airlines.

Ensemble Performance by Members of the Rensselaer Orchestra
and School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences leadership



Event Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

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