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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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Rensselaer Alumni Network (RAN)

A World-Class Network for a World-Class Institution

The Rensselaer Alumni Network (RAN) increases its efforts for building a world-class network for a world-class institution

Over the last year, the Rensselaer Alumni Network has been growing to 34 network captains, including five volunteer leaders who are directing the initiative as members of the RAN Commission.  The RAN Commission is dedicated to the strategic planning and execution of initiatives that support the mission of the RAN, including the integration of networking events into regional Rensselaer Chapter programming.


The RAN COMMISSION and their Area of Responsibilities

Christopher M. Dayton ’01, COMMISSIONER
David Gertler ’83, ‘84G, FOUNDER and COMMISSIONER EMERITUS
Sandeep Sharma ’88, Regional Programming Lead
Paul Hess ’86, Industry Programming Lead

OPEN VOLUNTEER POSITIONS – Deputy Commissioner, Recruiting Leads, Industry Programming Lead

Mission Statement

"It is the mission of the Rensselaer Alumni Network (RAN), to promote and expand the powerful Rensselaer Alumni Association (RAA) network for current and future alumni, providing lifelong support, information, and guidance relating to professional and personal development, and to provide opportunities that will enable alumni and students to establish mutually beneficial relationships to enrich their personal and professional lives."

Feel free to contact any member of the RAN Commission or regional Network Captain to learn how to get involved.  Names and geographic areas for each RAN volunteer are listed on the right


Here are some examples of what kind of help and expertise you may find:
  • Regional Networking Events to meet alumni in your area and line of business
  • Personal career development advice within a specific industry
  • Industry Networking Conference Calls for a fast way of growing your network
  • Information on job availability in the your area of interest or geographic region
  • Personal advice from alumni across the country on any topic
  • Relocation help and advice
EVENTS
Tapping into the Rensselaer Alumni Network (RAN) – Conference Call
Join David Gertler ’83, ’84 for an online session to show how you can use your RAN network to find mentors, make connections with alums in your field, share career advice and post or search for a job. This session will explain what RAN is and how it can help you, teach you how to develop and use your networking skills, and also feature a chance to meet and network with other alumni on the call in a structured and time efficient manner.

Colleen Costello '12 Sheds Light on Vital Vio – Conference Call
Join alumni Colleen Costello '12 for a fascinating talk about her technology startup Vital Vio. Vital Vio uses manipulation of light to provide innovative disinfection solutions for health, safety and financial benefits to public, government and industry markets.

San Diego – RAN: Arteriogenesis: Growing Arteries with a Device
Join the Rensselaer Alumni Network (RAN) in San Diego for: “Arteriogenesis: Growing Arteries with a Device,” president by Ed Arkins ’75. Register online by February 2.


Executive Job Hunting Tips & The Recruiting Landscape – Conference Call
Join alumnus Hugh McDermott '79 for a discussion of Executive Job Hunting Tips and the current executive recruiting landscape. Hugh is Managing Partner at Executive Career Partners and has been involved with this executive level hiring from both the recruiter and job hunter point of view, and has spent the past 11 years coaching executives on the topic. Join our discussion if you want to learn more about the current landscape, if you are actively recruiting or job hunting, or if you are interested in the topic and would like to expand your networking among other RPI alums.


NYC – Rensselaer Alumni Network (RAN) Meeting
NYC – Rensselaer Alumni Network (RAN) Meeting
February 11, 2015 at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Join us at The Cornell Club – New York for an evening of professional networking with fellow alumni. Join the RAN mailing list at http://goo.gl/glynd to stay informed about future RAN events, and search #RPIRAN here at alumni.rpi.edu for a list of currently scheduled events.


Project Risk Management – Conference Call
Join Lauren Cucio Thomas '01 for our discussion on project risk management. Lauren is a certified project management professional with experience at PSEG and BASF, and has a focus on project, operations and people management. Come talk about risk reduction, team building. Feel free to bring your own war stories or questions, and don't miss the opportunity to build your network among other RPI alumni.

RCNJ – Rensselaer Alumni Networking Event in Westfield, NJ
In a job search, starting new venture, or want to make contacts? Think you might need to find another job in the next year and want to make connections? Have a technical or project problem at work you want to solicit some advice for? Self-employed and looking for advice on how to do something? Join fellow alumni for an evening of professional networking.


UAVs: Send in the Drones! – Conference Call
Join alumni Xerxes Vania '97 and Rich Martin '05 for a joint discussion of unmanned aerial vehicles: current applications and future developments. Xerxes Vania is engineering manager for the Systems Integration Labs at General Atomics Aeronautical, Inc., where he has experience designing, building and testing unmanned aerial systems for U.S. DOD applications.

If local chapter events are not listed, please check back soon. Click here to view a listing of Rensselaer alumni events across the country and internationally.
  

Welcome to the Rensselaer Alumni Network!

  1. Getting Started: Consult the Alumni Directory and select the criteria that best fit your needs.
  2. Search Criteria: To find a member of the Rensselaer Alumni Network, search the affinity function and select either the Rensselaer Alumni Network Member, Captain or Commission.
  3. Additional Information: for Network Captains: 1. Event submission form 2. Sign-in sheet for participants 3. Network captain guidelines

RAN SUCCESS STORIES

RPI Network - The payoff of getting involved

I graduated from RPI in 2001 with degree in Electrical Power Engineering. In 2005, my husband moved us to San Diego for his career. He is also an RPI grad, class of 2001. We had our first child in 2003 and I haven't been working since he was born. The job search was tough and limited to the San Diego area. My husband met John Barnick (Class of 1979) at an RPI picnic. Casual conversations about family and career turned into a dinner meeting which later became an interview. One year of frustration in the job search quickly translated into a job offer within few weeks. Fast forward 5 years and I am now an account executive for ABB. ABB needed a sales engineer with deep technical in power electronics. The RPI alumni network had helped me reached the hiring manager quickly and in a setting that was advantageous to my job search.

Hanina A. Rahim
Class of 2001
January 3, 2012

Read more success stories.

Meet the RAN
Commission and Captains

RAN Commission

Commissioner
Christopher Dayton '01

Founder and Commissioner Emeritus
David Gertler '83, '84G

Deputy Commissioner
VACANCY

Regional Programming Lead

Sandeep Sharma '88
VACANCY

Industry Programming Lead
Paul J. Hess '86
VACANCY

Recruiting Lead

TWO VACANCIES

Network Captains

AUSTIN, TEXAS
Bankim Tejani '99
VACANCY


BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Julianne Rehm Shapiro Ensor '09
Victor Cubias '95

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
Kara Benghanem ’05
Beth Gyurovits '98


BURLINGTON, VERMONT
Ryan Mills '12

CAPITAL DISTRICT, NEW YORK
VACANCY
VACANCY

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
George Dib '90
Sean Travis '02

DENVER, CO
Mark Eagle '79
VACANCY

HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT
VACANCY
VACANCY

MIAMI, FL
Christopher Payne '07
VACANCY

NEW YORK CITY

Jose Hanchi '13
Shirley Yung '86

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
VACANCY
VACANCY

NEW JERSEY
Sandeep Sharma ’88
Patrick Cardamone '72

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Tal Saraf '92
Kenley Cheung '13

SINGAPORE
Kristiina H. Baker '09
VACANCY

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

LOS ANGELES
Vacancy

SAN DIEGO
Faizal Ali '01
Richard Martin '05

WASHINGTON D.C.
Paul Hess '86
VACANCY

To volunteer as a regional or industry networking captain, please contact any member of the commission listed above.

More Links

RAN FAQ
Rensselaer Alumni on LinkedIn
Regional Alumni Chapters
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