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Rensselaer’s Office for Corporate Relations seeks to partner with alumni/ae leaders and Corporate Ambassadors to:

  1. Create an Active Alumni/ae Community at your Company
  • Host at least two Rensselaer events each year at your company, such as:
    • Alumni welcome reception for interns, new hires
    • Faculty presentation on new area of research
    • Alumni panel discussion
    • Industry or cross industry networking
    • Alumni chapter event
  1. Support a Specific Company Priority
    • Support the Specific Interests/Needs at Your Workplace, such as:
    • Talent acquisition (perhaps specific to a field or discipline)
    • Advancing diversity and inclusion
    • Sustainability
    • Building communication skills and increasing productivity across departments
  1. Improve Ease of Access to Rensselaer Resources
    • Launch a quarterly newsletter for Rensselaer alumni/ae and Corporate Ambassadors at your company. Rensselaer has created a new quarterly newsletter, ReCAP (Rensselaer Corporate Ambassador Program) which is tailored to the unique interests of alumni/ae, and Rensselaer friends and family at key partner companies. It can also provide a mechanism to recognize alumni/ae milestones (promotions, new research/products, etc.), highlight initiatives you’re running, events you’re planning, resources you recommend etc.
    • Invite alumni/ae to sign-up for RAA Connect, a new alumni/ae networking platform similar to LinkedIn.
  1. Keep the Value of Your Degree Strong
    • Grow Rensselaer’s strategic corporate partnerships (i.e. internships, co-op, full-time opportunities, research, curriculum development, student experience, professional education opportunities).
    • Encourage participation in your company’s matching gift program and Rensselaer’s RPi Day


Company  Ambassadors
  • Naveed Hussain ’89, Vice President, Boeing Research & Technology, General Manager
  • David Hilliard ’03, Director of Innovation & Advanced Manufacturing
  • Kareem Muhammad ’01, Senior Manager, Seat Integration Team
  • Judy Priest ’85, Distinguished Engineer
  • Danielle Desalu ’99, ’01, Global Security Practice Manager
  • Thomas Capek ’86, Senior Vice President and Chief Engineer
  • Matthew Trosa ’12, Process Engineer
  • TJ Wojnar, Jr. ’80, Vice President, Corporate Strategic Planning
  • Michele Young ’93, Venture Manager
  • Anne McEntee ’93, ’94, ’98, Vice President, Services
  • Victor Abate ’86, ’88, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, GE Power
  • Jessica Budris ’01, ’04, Human Resources Manager
Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Jim Andrews ’99 Chief Engineer, ARMY and USAF Programs
  • Arianna Kalian ’93, Director, Design & Technical Supplier Cost
  • Ryan Patry ’00, ’08, Manufacturing Technology Lead
Pratt & Whitney
  • Jonna Gerken ’96, ’01, Deputy Global Transitions Manager
Northrop Grumman
  • Laura Szypulski ’05, Director, Mission Engineering and Systems Architecture

For more information, Contact:
Cindy Tapper-Peralta at  or 518-276-6867.

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