Shane O'Connell Joins Technical and Information Services Department
Rensselaer welcomes Shane O’Connell, Associate Technical Coordinator, Technical and Information Services (TIS), to the Groton Site located in the Mystic Executive Park. Mr. O’Connell earned a B.S. in Communication from Eastern Connecticut State University. Visit the TIS web page at: http://www.ewp.rpi.edu/hartford/tis/index.html. [posted 03/19/14]

Podcast of Professor Stodder as a Guest on “The Colin McEnroe Show” on WNPR

James P. Stodder, Ph.D., Professor of Practice, Lally School of Management, was a guest on “The Colin McEnroe Show” on WNPR (90.5 FM) on March 5. Dr. Stodder served as the economics expert for a discussion regarding the minimum wage. Professor Stodder was in the studio for a live broadcast at the same time as President Barack Obama was visiting Connecticut to give a speech about raising the minimum wage. Listen to the podcast HERE [posted 03/05/14].

David L. Rainey, Acting Dean, has Book Published on Visionary Strategic Leadership

David L. Rainey, Ph.D., Acting Dean, Rensselaer at Hartford, and Professor of Practice in the Lally School of Management, has authored the book, Visionary Strategic Leadership: Sustaining Success through Strategic Direction, Corporate Management, and High-Level Programs, recently published by Information Age Publishing.

The book covers the principles, processes, and practices of visionary strategic leadership (VSL). It focuses on a holistic view of the corporation and all of the supporting entities and customers and stakeholders. Dr. Rainey addresses new theories, methods and practices that are in line with 21st century dynamics.

The framework of the book flows from defining and articulating the concepts of VSL; corporate strategic management (CSM); corporate vision; fundamental values; and discussing high-level (grand) strategies, objectives, and actions; to developing and managing high-level strategic programs and mitigating risks. According to Dr. Rainey, “VSL involves using imagination to address what ought to be done instead of what is being done, obtaining insights from the market spaces and the business environment, being innovative in developing new solutions, and integrating the whole business enterprise.”

The purpose of the book is to provide insights and suggestions for corporate leaders of today and to offer guidance and direction for the young strategic leaders of tomorrow. “VSL involves having a high-level position, being responsible for the strategic leadership and management of a company or a strategic business unit (SBU), inspiring and leading the organization, and sustaining success,” said Professor Rainey. To learn more about the book, please visit: http://www.infoagepub.com/products/Visionary-Strategic-Leadership [posted 02/18/14].

Professor Norberto Lemcoff to Deliver Seminar at NYSSPE Meeting
Norberto Lemcoff, Ph.D., Professor of Practice, Department of Engineering and Science, has been invited to present a seminar on “Energy, Energy Efficiency and the Built Environment,” on February 17, at the Hilton Midtown in NYC. The New York State Society of Professional Engineers, Inc. (NYSSPE), will be offering continuing education seminars at the Association of Towns 2014 Training School and Annual Meeting, February 17 and 18. For more information and to register for the seminars, please visit: http://bit.ly/NYSSPE-AOT-Event. [posted 01/16/14]

Article by Professor James Stodder Published in Applied Economics Letters

James Stodder, Ph.D., Professor of Practice, Lally School of Management, had his article entitled, “The strange persistence of consumer surplus,” published in the Volume 20, Issue 11 of the journal, Applied Economics Letters. The journal is published by Taylor & Francis Group, Routledge.

In the article abstract, Dr. Stodder asks, “Despite its abandonment in theoretical work, a literature search shows that variation in consumer surplus (VCS) is the overwhelming choice in applied work – not compensating variation (CV) or equivalent variation (EV). How can this be explained?” Professor Stodder presents three good reasons for the persistence of VCS, showing that it is not only simpler (as is well known), but in many cases also more accurate. To read the article in its entirety, please visit The Cole Library on Level 5 at the Rensselaer Hartford Campus. [posted 01/14/14].

Professors Stodder and Younessi have Paper Published in the International Journal of Trade and Global Markets

James Stodder, Ph.D., Professor of Practice, Lally School of Management, and Houman Younessi, Ph.D., Professor of Practice, Department of Engineering and Science, had their paper entitled, “Transparency and credible commitment: most-favoured-customer provisions and the sustainability of price discrimination,” published in the 2013 Volume 6, Number 3, issue of the International Journal of Trade and Global Markets.

The authors show, first, how price discounts for low income groups can improve both producer profits and global access for products like life-saving drugs. This result is well-known. More important, therefore, is their demonstration that such discounting can be made sustainable for the producers: protecting them from prices bargained down to that of the poorest country, and against ‘reimports’ from low to high price countries. The paper concludes with a simulation of the gains to both producing companies and different income strata within most countries of the world.

To read the article, visit Inderscience Publishers at: http://www.inderscience.com/info/inarticle.php?artid=54903 [posted 01/14/14].

Professor Norberto Lemcoff Chairs Session and Presents Paper at AIChE Annual Meeting

Norberto Lemcoff, Ph.D., Professor of Practice, Department of Engineering and Science, attended the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) held in San Francisco, CA, November 3-8. He chaired the session, “Adsorption Applications for Sustainable Energy,” and presented the paper, “Modeling and prediction of sorption of aqueous contaminants,” in collaboration with faculty from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The theme for this year’s meeting was “Global Challenges for Engineering a Sustainable Future.” The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts cover a wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering. To read Dr. Lemcoff's summary report about his participation in the conference, click here. Read about the conference highlights and view the online proceedings at: http://www.aiche.org/conferences/aiche-annual-meeting/2013. [posted 11/25/13].

Op-Ed by Professor James Stodder is Published in the Journal Inquirer

James Stodder, Ph.D., Professor of Practice, Lally School of Management, had his Op-Ed piece, “Who pays for the energy transition?” published in the Journal Inquirer on Tuesday, November 26. He discusses some of the takeaways from his participation in the 22nd World Energy Congress in South Korea, October 13-17, 2013. To read Professor Stodder’s piece, please see: http://www.journalinquirer.com/opinion/other_columnists/who-pays-for-the-energy-transition/article_b44672a2-5687-11e3-b68c-0019bb2963f4.html [posted 11/26/13].

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Note: Dr. Stodder's webinar on the World Energy Congress, 2013 is available for on-demand viewing here.

Rensselaer at Hartford Employees Honored with Service Awards
Rensselaer at Hartford staff members were recognized at the annual Rensselaer Employee Service Recognition and Retirement Dinner held August 23 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Troy, New York. Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and David L. Rainey, Acting Dean, Rensselaer at Hartford, recognized each employee and presented anniversary thank-you gifts from Rensselaer. Incremental five-year service awards were given to the following employees:

Five Years of Service
• Linda Kresge, Administrative Associate, Academic Programs
• Eric J. Patenaude, Business Analyst, Enrollment Management and Marketing
• Brendan L. Wilson, Business Analyst, Academic Programs

Ten Years of Service
• Mary S. Dixey, Director of Academic Technology, Cole Library

Fifteen Years of Service
• Thomas J. Bittel, Senior Communications Specialist, Enrollment Management and Marketing
• Brian J. Clement, Director, Technical and Information Services
• John F. Gonyea, Senior Student Services and Financial Aid Administrator, Enrollment Management and Marketing
• Adam Hechler, Senior Analyst/PC System Administrator, Technical and Information Services
• Paul Sartini, Multimedia Producer, Technical and Information Services
[posted 08/27/13]

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Professor Stodder's Paper Has Global Reach
James P. Stodder, Ph.D., Professor of Practice, Lally School of Management and Technology, has been a part of the International Scholars Program (ISP) faculty since ISP was launched in June 2008. Rensselaer’s ISP is a study abroad program for graduate students designed to expose young professionals to a first-hand set of international experiences in conjunction with global organizations. Students complete four and a half weeks of study in Rome, Italy, as one of the international destinations.

This year, after finishing his teaching assignment in Rome, Professor Stodder decided to visit the 55th International Art Exhibition in Venice, at the Venice Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia). Most major countries have national pavilions with exhibits there. The Greek Pavilion was a display with films on the history (and emotional symbolism) of money. Naturally, Dr. Stodder was quite interested in this exhibit since it is in his field of expertise.

Imagine his surprise when he came across one of his own academic papers cited in the main display area on evidence that alternative monetary systems can be viable. Professor Stodder’s paper was just one of a couple of dozen academic papers cited there. In addition to being known for his economics expertise, now he can claim his paper is a work of art!

View photos and read more about the Greek Pavilion display entitled, “History Zero,” at: https://www.facebook.com/HistoryZeroStefanosTsivopoulos and http://artsy.net/#GreekPavilion. Watch an interview with the Greek director of the display/film, artist Stefanos Tsivopoulos, at: http://www.labiennale.org/en/mediacenter/video/55-b60.html.

Dr. Stodder’s bio is available at: http://www.ewp.rpi.edu/faculty/bio/stodder_j.html. Visit his faculty homepage, http://www.ewp.rpi.edu/hartford/~stoddj/, to learn more about his academic publications and current research projects. [posted 07/05/13]

Acting Dean, David Rainey, has Book Published on The Pursuit of Sustainable Leadership
David L. Rainey, Ph.D., Acting Dean, Rensselaer at Hartford, and Professor of Practice in the Lally School of Management and Technology, has authored the book, The Pursuit of Sustainable Leadership: Becoming a Successful Strategic Leader through Principles, Perspectives and Professional Development, recently published by Information Age Publishing.

Sustainable Leadership (SL) encompasses the broad roles and responsibilities of leaders that cut across the whole organization and the entire extended enterprise. The underpinnings of SL require strategic leaders and professionals to play leading roles in dealing with critical issues affecting business and people.

According to Dr. Rainey, “Sustainable strategic leaders ensure that their organizations and enterprises are fully capable and responsive to external forces and market spaces and have the potential to be successful. They serve and support markets, customers, and stakeholders and provide them with solutions and successful outcomes.”

The Pursuit of Sustainable Leadership (PSL) involves the ongoing learning and development of business leaders and students to become true strategic leaders who employ the principles, philosophies, values, capabilities and perspectives for achieving sustainable success. “True leaders are dedicated to their endeavors and never stop making transitions and transformations to higher levels of sophistication,” said Professor Rainey. To learn more about the book, please visit: http://www.infoagepub.com/products/The-Pursuit-of-Sustainable-Leadership. [posted 05/07/13]

Paul Hine Moderates First Process Improvement Workshop by the Connecticut Health Council

Paul Hine, Lecturer, Lally School of Management and Technology, moderated the workshop, "Process Improvements in Behavioral Health," on April 3 at Rensselaer's Hartford Campus. The event was the first in a series of Process Improvement Workshops offered by the Connecticut Health Council. Rensselaer at Hartford is a founding partner of the Council. http://www.cthealthcouncil.com [posted 04/10/13].

Professors Peteros and Maleyeff have Paper Published in the International Journal of Management

Randall G. Peteros, J.D., Professor of Practice, and John Maleyeff, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Practice, had their paper entitled, “Application of Behavioural Finance Concepts to Investment Decision-Making: Suggestions for Improving Investment Education Courses,” published in the Vol. 30, No. 1, 2013 issue of the International Journal of Management. The authors suggest that, "In practice, investment decision makers do not always behave in ways that are consistent with the assumptions made in courses that teach investment decision making in business schools." To read the abstract, please visit: http://www.internationaljournalofmanagement.co.uk/2013/2013-2.html#a4 [posted 03/12/13]

Professor Jim Stodder is a Guest on “The Colin McEnroe Show” on WNPR

James P. Stodder, Ph.D., Professor of Practice, Lally School of Management and Technology, was a guest on “The Colin McEnroe Show” on WNPR on February 20, 2013. The topic of the program was, “Big Data is Taking Over, Here’s Why Intuition Still Matters: How Data Analysis is Changing the Face of Decision Making.” Download the audio podcast at: http://www.yourpublicmedia.org/content/wnpr/big-data-taking-over-here-s-why-intuition-still-matters [posted 02/21/13]

Paul Hine is Featured Speaker at the Association of Contingency Planners Connecticut Chapter Meeting

Paul Hine, Lecturer, Lally School of Management and Technology, served as the guest speaker at the January 8 meeting of the Connecticut Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners (ACP), speaking on the topic, "Negotiating Skills: Basics." Mr. Hine presented methods to obtain desired results during negotiations. The heart of negotiating is based on great execution of four basic skills: preparation, attitude, listening, and value proposition. The intent was to give the audience tools that could be used immediately. The meeting qualified for DRII CEUs and was eligible to be applied to other certifications as well. [posted 01/09/13].

Professors Maleyeff and Venkateswaran have Paper Published in The TQM Journal

John Maleyeff, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Venkat Venkateswaran, Ph.D., Professor of Practice, along with Edward A. Arnheiter, had their paper entitled, “The continuing evolution of Lean Six Sigma,” published in the Volume 24 Issue 6 issue of The TQM Journal. The paper identifies upcoming challenges related to the implementation of Lean Six Sigma (LSS) principles and techniques. Particular emphasis is placed on the changes needed to ensure that LSS continues to support an organization’s competitiveness. To read the abstract, please visit: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=1754-2731&volume=24&issue=6&articleid=17054888&show=abstract. [posted 11/13/12]

Rensselaer at Hartford Employees Honored with Service Awards

Rensselaer at Hartford staff members were recognized at the annual Rensselaer Employee Service Recognition and Retirement Dinner held August 31 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Troy, New York. Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, recognized each employee and presented anniversary thank-you gifts from Rensselaer. Incremental five-year service awards were given to the following employees:

  • Florence Josephs, Administrative Specialist, Office of Student Services
    15 Years of Service
  • Paul J. Murphy, Manager, Operations and Facilities
    25 Years of Service
  • Gary Trail, Director, Network Information Systems, Technical and Information Services
    25 Years of Service
  • Audrey C. Cardillo, Supervisor, Student Accounts (Accounts Receivable), Office of the Registrar
    30 Years of Service
  • Natalie A. Sutera, Director, Student Records and Administrative Services, Office of Student Services
    35 Years of Service
  • Lynn Vitale, Accounts Receivable Specialist, Financial Services
    Retiree - 12 Years of Service [posted 09/10/12]

Professor Mesiya Authors Book on Contemporary Communication Systems
Mohammed Farooque Mesiya, Ph.D., Professor of Practice, Department of Engineering and Science, has authored the book, Contemporary Communication Systems, recently published by McGraw-Hill. The book provides a comprehensive introduction to modern analog and digital communication systems. Semiconductor revolution (Moore’s law) and advances in software technologies continue to drive the rapid development of digital communication systems. In this context, the book includes a detailed coverage of the relevant topics in digital compression, multiplexing, and synchronization techniques.

According to Dr. Mesiya, “Communication systems form the infrastructure of today’s optical fiber, cellular, and satellite communication networks. Contemporary Communication Systems uses Simulink as a key pedagogical tool to develop appreciation of the fundamental concepts in the design and analysis of communication systems. The book engages students in the issues relevant to system and product design by integrating a discussion of the theoretical concepts with the extensive hands-on use of visual and simulation resources to reinforce learning.” For more information about the book, please visit: www.mhhe.com/mesiya. [posted 09/04/12]


Enrollment Managers Assist with Connecticut Women in Higher Education (CTWHE) Event

Christa A. Sterling, Senior Program Manager, Enrollment Management, served as a member of the CTWHE Network Events Committee in preparation for the spring conference -- State of the State: Women in Higher Education, an event hosted by Rensselaer at Hartford on March 30. Amy Cunningham, also a Senior Program Manager with Enrollment Management, assisted with and attended the event. The annual conference brings together those employed in a variety of roles in Connecticut's colleges and universities who are interested in the advancement of women in higher education. The event is an opportunity to network, explore options for advancement, and discuss the challenges and support systems for women leaders. [posted 04/02/12]

Dr. Sudhangshu Bose Gives Seminar on Modeling of High Temperature Oxidation and Hot Corrosion of Gas Turbine Materials

Sudhangshu Bose, Ph.D., Professors of Practice, Department of Engineering and Science, was invited to give a presentation at the University of Connecticut (UConn) on February 14 at the Storrs campus. Dr. Bose spoke about the topic "Modeling of High Temperature Oxidation and Hot Corrosion of Gas." The seminar focused on the processes and consequences of oxidation and hot corrosion of coated as well as uncoated nickel and cobalt based superalloy components in the turbine section of gas turbine engines. The basic mechanisms of oxidation and hot corrosion of the components in the high temperature turbine environment were addressed with examples from actual applications. Models to predict lives of these components were discussed together with schemes to protect the parts against such environmental degradation processes. [posted 02/15/12]

ISP Faculty Have Paper Accepted for Conference to be Held in Shanghai, China, in March 2012

Four members of Rensselaer's International Scholars Program (ISP) faculty have had their paper accepted for the Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference (APPEEC) taking place March 27-29 in Shanghai, China. Norberto O. Lemcoff, Ph.D., and Sudhangshu Bose, Ph.D., Professors of Practice, Department of Engineering and Science, and James P. Stodder, Ph.D., Professor of Practice, along with John Maleyeff, Ph.D., Professor of Practice and Area Coordinator, Lally School of Management and Technology, teamed up to author the paper, “Cross Cultural Energy Education: Encouraging Collaboration between the United States and the People’s Republic of China.” Dr. Maleyeff will travel to Shanghai to attend the conference and present the paper. To learn more about the Conference, visit: http://www.appeecconf.org/2012/. ISP students gain global business experience spending four weeks living and learning in Shanghai. Rensselar faculty selected to teach in the ISP are specifically chosen because of their distinguished academic expertise and international business experience. [posted 02/10/12]

Paper by Professors Venkateswaran and Maleyeff Published in Peer-Reviewed Journal
Venkat Venkateswarn, Ph.D., Professor of Practice, Department of Engineering and Science, and John Maleyeff, Ph.D., Professor of Practice and Area Coordinator, Lally School of Management and Technology, co-authored the paper, “Classifying Services by Attributes Important to Customers,” published in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Business Intelligence and Data Mining (IJBIDM), Volume 6, Issue 4, 2011. To read the abstract, go to: http://www.inderscience.com/search/index.php?action=record&rec_id=44977&prevQuery=&ps=10&m=or. [posted 02/10/12]

Lecturer Lou Gingerella Has Commentary Published in the Hartford Courant

Louis W. Gingerella, Jr., Lecturer, Lally School of Management and Technology, had his commentary, “High Taxes One Reason Moody's Wrong To Upgrade Outlook,” published in the opinion section of the Hartford Courant on Sunday, January 29. To read the piece, please see: http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/hc-op-gingerella-moodys-rating-of-connecticut-shou-20120129,0,2750930.story. [posted 01/30/12]

Professor Rainey Authors Chapter in Book on Innovation
David L. Rainey, Ph.D., Professor of Practice, Lally School of Management and Technology, has authored a book chapter entitled, “A Model for Improving the Adoption of Sustainability in the Context of Globalization and Innovation,” as part of a section on “Sustainability and Innovation.” The book, Technological, Managerial and Organizational Core Competencies: Dynamic Innovation and Sustainable Development, was recently released by IGI Global.

In the chapter, Dr. Rainey presents the foundations of a conceptual model for connecting the key elements necessary for corporations to adopt sustainability in the context of the global economy and strategic innovation. He explains, “While sustainability involves many perspectives, strategies, actions, and management constructs, the chapter focuses on how global corporations employ strategic innovations in response to the driving forces in the global economy and how they can improve their
level of management sophistication in a turbulent business environment.” One of Professor Rainey’s conclusions is that the model provides a framework for creating win-win outcomes that are balanced in terms of the social, political, economic, technological, environmental, and ethical forces.

To read the abstract, please visit the web site for the book at: http://www.igi-global.com/chapter/model-improving-adoption-sustainability-context/59821.
[posted 11/08/11]

Rensselaer at Hartford Employees Honored with Service Awards
Rensselaer at Hartford staff members were recognized at the annual Employee Service Recognition and Retirement Dinner held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, New York, on September 9. Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and John A. Minasian, Ph.D., Vice President and Dean, Rensselaer at Hartford, recognized each employee and presented anniversary thank-you gifts from Rensselaer. Incremental five-year service awards were given to the following employees:

  • Christa A. Sterling ('95 MBA), Senior Program Manager, Enrollment Management
    5 Years of Service
  • Robin M. Micket, Communications Coordinator, Office of Communications
    10 Years of Service
  • Angela Buonannata, Program Administrator, Academic Operations and Logistics
    25 Years of Service
  • Doris M. Mastikas, Registrar, Office of the Registrar
    30 Years of Service
  • Linda Johnson, Operations Specialist, Administrative Services
    Retiree - 14 Years of Service
  • Carol Flynn, Acquisitions Librarian, The Cole Library
    Retiree - 17 Years of Service [posted 10/27/11]

Professors Younessi and Bose Meet with Governor Malloy

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Pictured in a photo taken at the event are Dr. Younessi (front row, third from left) and Dr. Bose (front row, third from right) with Governor Malloy and Commissioner Smith (center).

Houman Younessi, Ph.D., Professor of Practice and Assistant Dean for Academic Programs, and Sudhangshu Bose, Ph.D., Professor of Practice, and other leaders from institutions belonging to the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges (CCIC) met with Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Catherine Smith, Commissioner, Department of Economic and Community Development. The meeting focused on over-regulation of private colleges, economic development, and job growth. The roundtable discussion with college administrators was held on August 15 as part of Malloy’s summer jobs tour to generate ideas for how to create jobs in the state. [posted 10/27/11]


Professor Maleyeff's Paper on New Service Offerings Published in Peer-Reviewed Journal
John Maleyeff, Ph.D., Professor of Practice and Area Coordinator, Lally School of Management and Technology, had his paper entitled, “Factors Impacting Innovation in New Service Offerings,” published in the peer-reviewed journal, Journal of Service Science and Management, Volume 4, Number 2, June 2011, pp. 111-117. To read an abstract of the paper, visit: http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?paperID=5225. [posted 07/01/11]


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