RPI's Mighty Goal: To Help Rejuvenate American Industry

by Eugene E. Dallaire, Assoc. Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 10, Pg. 52-55

Document Type: Feature article


During the past few decades, many U.S. engineering schools have become obsessed with engineering science and have seemed to lose interest in practical, industrial problems faced by American industry. With mounting concern over problems of productivity and quality in American industry, the pendulum in the engineering schools may be swinging back to a more practical focus — as it is at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, N.Y. Among the things the school is doing to link itself more closely with industry are, running a manufacturing productivity center wherein permanent staff, faculty, and students work on problems submitted by industry, encouraging the growth of fledgling firms by making available low-cost incubator space on campus, stressing computer graphics in the curriculum, a technology that promises to play an important role in industry in the years ahead, and promoting the development of a high-technology research park adjacent to the RPI campus.

Subject Headings: Industries | Productivity | Aerospace engineering | School (K-12) | Manufacturing | Faculty | Students | Benefit cost ratios

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