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 Project Risk Management – RAN Webinar March 3, 2015 at 8:30 PM Join Lauren Curcio 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. RCNJ – Rensselaer Alumni Networking Event in Westfield, NJ March 5, 2015 at 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM 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! – RAN Webinar March 18, 2015 at 8:30 PM 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. Biotechnology: Feeding & Healing the World – RAN Webinar April 13, 2015 at 8:30 PM Join alumna Martha Harber '00 for a discussion about two of biotechnology's major goals - feeding and healing the world. In addition to the technical presentation and discussion, our tech talk meetings feature an alumni networking segment where participants introduce themselves and begin to connect with other alumni. Register now and join us online or by phone Monday, April 13, 2015, at 8:30 p.m. Eastern (Rensselaer time) for this meeting. 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! Getting Started: Consult the Alumni Directory and select the criteria that best fit your needs. 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. 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.