The Rensselaer Industrial Affiliates Alliance (RIAA) is an Institute-wide enterprise that engages a broad spectrum of the Rensselaer portfolio to strengthen the university’s relationships with corporations across an array of sectors.
Under the umbrella of RIAA, the Institute has partnered with corporations to establish Industrial Affiliate Programs (IAPs) within the Office of Research, School of Engineering, Lally School of Management, School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, School of Science, and the Office of Student Life.
Rensselaer’s IAPs facilitate mutually beneficial relationships with academia and industry, solidifying bonds between the Institute and local, national, and international corporations. Each Industrial Affiliate Program (IAP) is designed to effectively align corporate priorities with the Institute’s strategic initiatives.
Faculty, researchers, and students receive insight into the goals, challenges, and opportunities facing respective industries. In turn, participating affiliate partners receive access to relevant interdisciplinary programs and department projects through structured interaction with researchers, faculty, and students.
Beyond the labs and classrooms, affiliate partners are also invited to participate in a broad range of ongoing academic and social campus activities, from annual meetings and symposia to student and alumni events and programming.
Corporate members of the Rensselaer Industrial Affiliates Alliance are currently participating in IAPs in the following areas:
- Biolotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies
- Career and Professional Development
- Computer Science
- Data Exploration and Application
- Data Science Research
- Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
- Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences
- Industrial and Systems Engineering
- Materials, Devices, and Integrated Systems
- Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering
- Supply Networks and Analytics
Sample of RIAA Member Benefits
The Office of Corporate Relations works directly with corporations interested in joining RIAA to tailor membership benefits to their respective interests and needs.