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The Network

More than 35,000 alumni/ae and parents call New England their home – here’s your opportunity to connect with them. The Rensselaer New England Network (RNEN) was created to better connect our regional alumni/ae to their alma mater and to each other.

Engagement in the network is designed around shared career and business interests, related topics that tie alumni/ae back to campus through conversations and forums around pressing global challenges, and opportunities that align with the Institute’s expertise in groundbreaking interdisciplinary research and innovative pedagogy. The RNEN offers opportunities for engagement around business development, career advancement, graduate recruitment and student placement, and seeks to facilitate strategic partnerships among individuals, companies, foundations, government agencies and the Institute.

Executive Council

To succeed, the RNEN needs an exemplary group of leaders and influencers to set the pace and light the way toward a more meaningful Rensselaer alumni/ae experience. We are asking you to join the Executive Council to provide guidance and advisory expertise that will further harness the strength of the RNEN, and to provide leadership in support of the Rensselaer Capital Campaign, Transformative: Campaign for Global Change.

As a council member, you will have a front row seat to research insights from renowned Rensselaer faculty, access to the highest levels of Institute leadership, and opportunities to foster fruitful connections with other notable alumni/ae in the region.

All gift commitments are contributed to the Rensselaer Annual Fund to support scholarships and are fully tax deductible.

$60,000 payable over five years

$50,000 payable over five years


  • Priority access to cutting-edge research on campus, including opportunities for partnership, investment, and recruitment 
  • Opportunities to be a part of transformative conversations on the ground floor, and to participate in the tackling of global challenges with researchers who are working on the front lines of innovation 
  • Lead/Participate in Executive Council subcommittees on targeted initiatives 
  • Serve as a key advisor to the Executive Council Chair and Co-chair and as a recognized brand ambassadors for Rensselaer throughout the region 
  • VIP Invitations to presidential, networking, and alumni/ae events in the region, with an opportunity to engage with Institute leadership 
  • Invitations to serve as a thought leader and expert on panels at high-profile engagements and alumni/ae events focused on innovation, intellectual discovery, and entrepreneurship 
  • Invitations to small-scale gatherings with influential leaders in academia, business, government, and philanthropy 
  • Opportunity to host alumni/alumnae and fellow Executive Council members at your company or private club 
  • Dedicated webpage with photos and biographies of RNEN Executive Council members 
  • Password-protected access to a private web portal with robust project management and reporting tools for internal communications and collaboration 

Duties and Roles

  • Participate in a minimum of two Executive Council meetings per year with fellow members 
  • Host RNEN industry events featuring distinguished alumni/ae, Institute leadership, academic deans, and renowned faculty from the Lally School of Management, and Schools of Architecture, Engineering, Science, and Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences 
  • Assist Rensselaer in creating strategic alliances with leading business accelerators to build relationships with promising start-ups 
  • Partner with Rensselaer to build corporate partnerships through the implementation of an alumni/ae corporate champion model with emerging and established companies 
  • Develop and support student recruitment strategies and initiatives 
  • Facilitate student placement for The Arch and Cooperative Education Program 
  • Develop and support parent networking and volunteer participation in support of the Rensselaer community 
  • Promote awareness of Rensselaer and its exceptional people, programs, platforms, and partnerships 
  • Support Transformative: Campaign for Global Change initiatives and events 

Executive Council Chair

Kathryn I. Murtagh, Esq. ’87

Chief Compliance Officer and Managing Director, Sustainable Investing, Harvard Management Company, Inc.

Kate Murtagh is the Chief Compliance Officer and the Managing Director for Sustainable Investing of Harvard Management Company, Inc. (HMC), a subsidiary of Harvard University, providing investment management of the University’s endowment and related financial assets. Ms. Murtagh joined HMC in 2006.

As Chief Compliance Officer, Ms. Murtagh is responsible for regulatory and legal matters relating to HMC’s investment activities. In this capacity, Ms. Murtagh has extensive expertise in the structuring and implementation of various investment strategies including co-mingled funds, separately managed accounts, joint ventures, private REITS, and direct asset ownership.

As Managing Director, Sustainable Investing, Ms. Murtagh is responsible for designing and implementing HMC’s sustainable investing program across all asset classes. Ms. Murtagh developed HMC’s first sustainable investing policy and worked closely with Harvard University in its decision to become the first US endowment signatory to the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment.

Ms. Murtagh was named a 2017 Leader in the Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly for her innovative work in sustainable investing.

Prior to joining HMC, Ms. Murtagh was a partner in the Business Law Department of Goodwin Procter LLP, a national law firm based in Boston, MA.

Ms. Murtagh earned a B.S. in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a J.D. from Cornell Law School, where she served as Managing Editor of the Cornell Law Review.

Executive Vice Chair


Robert Hull, Ph.D.

Henry Burlage Professor, Director for the Center of Materials, Devices and Integrated Systems, and Senior Associate Vice President for Research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Robert Hull is the Henry Burlage Professor, Director for the Center of Materials, Devices and Integrated Systems, and Senior Associate Vice President for Research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which he joined in Jan. 2008.  He received a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Oxford University in 1983. He then spent ten years at AT&T Laboratories in the Physics Research Division. He next joined the faculty of the MSE Department at the University of Virginia, where he was the Charles Henderson Professor of Engineering, Director of the NSF-MRSEC Center on “Nanoscopic Materials Design”, and Director of the University’s Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Engineering, Science and Technology.

He has published about 250 journal and conference papers, and given almost 300 invited talks and seminars at (inter)national conferences, universities and government and industrial laboratories.  His current research at RPI focuses upon new techniques for nanoscale assembly, fabrication and characterization using focused ion and electron beams for electronic, electrochemical, energy and structural materials.   He is a member of multiple editorial and advisory boards. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Materials Research Society.  He has served as President of the Materials Research Society, and is a past chair of the University Materials Council.


Dawn Fitzgerald, CISM RPI BS ECSE ’87, MIT MSEE ’94, MIT Sloan MBA ‘94

Dawn is currently an executive at Schneider Electric driving the Digital Transformation of Data Center Operations. In this role she is leading the integration of Enterprise Asset Management, Data Center Infrastructure Management and AI technologies into a Digitization Value platform for Critical Facilities Environments.

Dawn’s career has included leadership positions in both large companies (IBM, Motorola, Schneider-Electric) and over a decade of high tech startups. Dawn co-founded and was VP of Engineering for a chip company designing DSPs for image processing and a Spring Board Women Entrepreneur startup funding recipient. She has held executive roles with multiple Angel and VC backed startup companies in various industries including medical devices, software applications, sustainable products, robotics and consumer devices. Dawn’s areas of expertise include product development, operations, IT, information security and digital transformation strategy. Dawn is a recipient of the Mass High Tech “Women to Watch in Science and Technology’ award. In addition to her technical career, Dawn and her husband are in the hospitality business; owning historic boutique Inns from the 1800’s.

Dawn is an RPI ’87 ECSE BS graduate and an MIT ’94 MS EE and Sloan MBA graduate. Since graduation she has been a mentor for MIT’s Venture Mentor Services, a MIT Start Six Entrepreneurship mentor and is currently a mentor for the MIT Operations Lab. Dawn is also currently on both the Rensselaer New England Network Executive Council and the Rensselaer School of Engineering Leadership Council. Outside of work, Dawn enjoys exercise, history, architecture, travel, music and is a proud mother of six sons (RPI P’2018, P’2022). Her uncle, Paul Bakeman, is an RPI ’63, ’65 & ‘67 graduate.


Rachel Dattilio Wheatley
Senior Advancement Officer | Institute Advancement
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