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Customized Short Courses - Supported by Academic Outreach Programs

Arrange a meeting with Rensselaer to customize a program to meet your educational and training needs. Depending on need and level of interest by your company or organization, the Rensselaer faculty can provide a range of educational options such as strategically priced custom non-credit non-degree continuing education unit programs (CEUs), academic short courses, seminars, workshops, symposiums, and conferences ranging from one to three days in length providing working professionals with technical updates in key areas related to your strategic skills.

These custom program opportunities can come from Architecture, Business/Management, Engineering, Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Information Technology, and Science. Rensselaer faculty are active participants in research programs, participate in the professional societies of their respective disciplines, and are regularly involved with scholarly productivity and can be involved with the delivery and development of your program.

We are comfortable with hosting large academic events such as conferences and symposiums. We hosted a two-day Supercritical CO2 Power Cycle Symposium sponsored by Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL) and Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, with over 80 national and international working professionals. In 2010, the Office of Academic Outreach Programs - Graduate Education hosted The Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) Annual Fellows and Scholars Conference on our campus for 185 participants.

Many programs can be created to meet your needs, such as the following:

Recent Offerings & Past Customized Programs - Supported by Academic Outreach Programs

Alpha and Gamma Spectroscopy - Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Nuclear Engineering.

This course was offered in past summers and is a shortened version of a radiochemistry lab that the Nuclear Engineering Department teaches as part of a full semester radiochemistry course.

Biometrics and Security Personnel Verification and Identification - Computer Science Department.

Cost Engineering - Department of Decision Sciences Engineering Systems.

Dam Safety and Maintenance - Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

This two-day workshop will focus on methods that can be used to improve dam safety. The workshop will provide an overview of causes of dam failures, focusing on smaller dams that are used primarily for water storage and recreation. Key dam design elements, such as stability and control of seepage, will be reviewed and discussed in regard to inspection and maintenance activities. In addition, New York State dam safety.

Engineering Project Management - Department of Decision Sciences Engineering Systems.

Intended to give students an understanding of current techniques of Project Management. Provides an overview of project screening and selection, multi-criteria methods for evaluation, WBS, CPM, and PERT, project budget, project control, resource management, and computer support for project management. Intended for working professionals dealing with budget and/or scheduling aspects of projects.

Foundations of Leadership (FOL)® - Center for Creative Leadership.

FOL was offered by Rensselaer at Hartford under specific license from The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®). Specifically, FOL examines the dynamics of leadership as they relate to influence, conflict management and goal setting. To achieve the greatest possible results, a number of different methods are employed. These include assessment questionnaires, well researched leadership models, experiential activities, "real-life" case studies, and one-to-one consultations.

Fundamentals of Design and Manufacturing of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials - Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Nuclear Engineering.

This course was be held in 2009 at Union College and at RPI. Invitation Only.
Ron Bucinell, Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Union College, and Dan Walczyk, Associate Professor in Mechanical, Aerospace & Nuclear Engineering at RPI, will be leading the short course. The course will be accredited for Continuing Education Credits and will feature both classroom and hands-on training, as well as tours of two regional firms specializing in composite manufacturing. If you have any questions regarding this course or UNYCMF, contact Craig Dory, Associate Director, Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at (518) 276-3953.

Introduction to CAD/CAM Technologies - Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Nuclear Engineering.

Two-week introduction to various CAD/CAM technologies will include basic introduction to digital design and 3-D modeling environments, leading into various CAD/CAM fabrication and output technologies. Intended as an introduction to mid-career professionals and prospective graduate students of architecture who may not have experience in these areas.

Land Surveying (Basic and Advanced) - Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

This two-day workshop is for individuals interested in the latest land surveying technology. Topics include the histroy of surveying, horizontal and vertical curves, coordinates, survey mathematics, use of total stations, GPS, digital levels, computers, and DTM's. The workshop includes practical hands-on experience.

Lean Six Sigma Certificate Program.

Rensselaer’s new Lean Six Sigma Certificate Program was created to enable participants to achieve tangible results within their companies. One key differentiator of this program is its outcome-driven methodology. The overarching objective is to complete an actual business project during the course of the program. A Lean sensei with over 20 years of process improvement experience will lead the program and provide guidance in project selection to enable maximum return on investment. Participants will be asked to select a project that has the potential for realizing at least $100,000 in annualized savings. Sending multiple members from a company who can work on a project together can yield even larger gains during and after the training.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® - Archer Center for Student Leadership Development.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) is a tool that reflects an individual’s work style behavior preferences. Participants will take the MBTI® and then experience a series of activities that highlight the main components of the theory/tool. Benefits of the MBTI® include: increased self-awareness, understanding personality differences, learning how to leverage differences, and understanding different communication styles. Can be used as a team-building tool and is intended for all working professionals where team and individual productivity is essential. ®MBTI, Myers-Briggs, Meyers Briggs, and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Trust.

New Approaches to Storm Water Analysis - Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

This workshop is intended for engineers who design environmental controls for water. Storm water management is rapidly changing as new research reveals that many accepted designs from the past ten years are inadequate to protect soil and water resources. Topics include: the latest state and federal rules, SPDES permit procedures, developing a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan, preserving wetlands, best planning concepts for the site, and contacts for assistance. Each participant receives a free copy of New York State Storm Water Management Design Manual.

New York State Department of Transportation: Two-Day Workshop - Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Nanotechnology Curriculum Development Summer Institute.

Principles and Practice of Failure Analysis - Department of Materials Science & Engineering.

Failure analysis is a systematic examination of failed devices or parts to determine the root causes of failure and to use such information ultimately to improve reliability. Course attendees will learn a systematic approach to recognizing underlying mechanisms and to reduce causes of failures. They will be invited to bring sample failed parts for use in the course. Content is targeted at design, manufacturing, test and field support engineers, engineering technicians, and quality assurance and maintenance technicians. Sponsored by the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS). The CATS is a NYSTAR designated Center for Advanced Technology.

Reliability Engineering Data Analysis - Department of Decision Sciences Engineering Systems.

Intensive, self-contained presentation of statistical methods for analyzing data from life tests of electronic, mechanical, and structural components. Students will learn basic statistical models for describing failure behavior, simple, but powerful graphical methods for estimating model parameters, and more advanced methods, including accelerated testing models and methods for analyzing data from such tests. Intended for working professional engineers, graduate students who need statistical methods for research, and/or undergraduate students wishing to enhance job or internship potential. Suggested prerequisite: Introductory Statistics.

Scientific Writing - Language, Literature & Communication.

This workshop is designed to give participants experience in writing technical and professional articles, and in submitting manuscripts for publications. The workshop reviews methods for creating finished, publishable articles about new research, study outcomes, projects, and trends in science and technology. Participants will learn how to incorporate data and statistical analysis in their articles.

Solid State Lighting - Lighting Research Center.

Presents the history, operating principles, fabrication process, and applications of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with particular emphasis on solid-state lighting applications. Provides an overview of LED fundamentals, design, and fabrication techniques. Intended for scientists, engineers, technicians, and managers working on light-emitting diodes, solid-state lighting, and LED application areas.

Supercritical CO2 Power Cycle Symposium - Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Nuclear Engineering.

The Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL), Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) held a symposium on April 29 and 30, 2009 to share and discuss the state of development and testing for supercritical carbon dioxide (S-CO2) Brayton systems. The overall goal of the symposium is to review recent progress in the field and discuss future needs and priorities among the various attending organizations. This symposium follows a similar meeting held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007.
Symposium Website

Teaching Multidisciplinary Teamwork Workshop - Professional Development.

Offered in the summer 2009. Invitation Only.
This workshop is intended for faculty and instructors involved in mentoring and advising multidisciplinary project-based student teams. If you have ever struggled with how to teach these skills to your students, this workshop will teach participants how to build and coach effective teams and provide participants with tools, methods and activities for teaching leadership and professional development skills. Through interactive sessions and a philosophy that leadership skills can be learned, participants will receive an understanding of how to approach the areas of communications, team conflict, motivation and ethics. Participants will be given the tools to begin incorporating them into their curriculum immediately in support of ABET requirements.

Technical Writing for Engineers - Language, Literature & Communication.

This two-day workshop assists engineers and technical professionals in producing written reports, memos, letters and other texts. Topics include how to organize written documents for readability, how to design effective formulas for presenting information, and how to improve language usage and mechanics. The workshop also focuses on how purpose and audience affect both the content and the format of the text.

Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) Annual Fellows and Scholars Conference.

From January 3rd - 5th, 2010 in Troy, New York, Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF), in cooperation with the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), convened the 7th Annual Conference for 185 VEF Fellows, Visiting Scholars who are studying and doing academic training in the U.S. and 3 U.S. Faculty Scholars, who are teaching at Vietnamese universities either on site in Vietnam or via video conference. The main theme of this conference was "Leaders of the Future: Entrepreneurs", which was reflected through many meaningful activities, including motivational talks, networking, and "All the Ways Home" sessions. The Job Fair at the Annual Conference helped VEF Fellows and Scholars to establish important contacts with Vietnamese universities and research institutes as well as international companies involved in Vietnam that want to recruit talented and outstanding VEF Fellows into their workforce. In addition, academic and recreational activities were held to enhance the connection among participants.
VEF Website

Technology Transfer: Practice and Policy - School of Management.

This course will help participants to develop skills and insight of technology transfer. This seminar will cover the process of technology transfer from discovery through licensing. Equal weight will be placed on a discussion of the policy and economics of technology transfer, including the global context, as well as a discussion of the business concerns and practical implications associated with technology transfer. This course should be of interest to anyone involved in the management or policy of technology, including entrepreneurs and small business owners.

WireDrawing 101 - Materials Engineering.

This comprehensive course teaches the fundamentals of wire drawing to producers and users of both ferrous and non-ferrous wire. The course is a practical and basic introduction to modern wire drawing engineering with an emphasis on questions, answers, and everyday examples. The course features Dr. Wright’s new book, "Wire Technology - Process Engineering and Metallurgy", with practical process design and trouble shooting exercises suitable for work-a-day formats and continuing study. This two-day short course was held on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on September 27-28, 2011.
WireDrawing 101 Website

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Last modified: May 7, 2012