Newswise — TROY, N.Y. — The graduate programs in engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are once again considered among the best in the United States, according to the U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings released this week. This year, Rensselaer’s graduate engineering programs have been ranked 41st in the nation.

U.S. News weighs factors such as reputation, research activity, and student selectivity to rank the top graduate engineering schools. Rensselaer has ranked in the top 50 for the past 20 years.

In addition to the overall ranking of the School of Engineering, four programs within the school ranked among the top 25 in the country: aerospace engineering ranked 23rd, industrial engineering ranked 17th, nuclear engineering ranked 13th, and materials ranked 24th in the nation. In total, six programs ranked in the top 30 and all graduate engineering programs at Rensselaer ranked in the top 50.

The School of Engineering, one of five schools at Rensselaer, is home to seven departments offering 12 undergraduate and 19 graduate degrees. Currently more than 3,600 undergraduate and 550 graduate students are enrolled, including 450 who are pursuing doctoral degrees. They include winners of prestigious fellowships including the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Department of Energy SMART Scholarship, and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.

The school attracts over $50 million annually in external research funding in areas closely aligned with those of the Institute, aimed at addressing some of the world’s most pressing technological challenges, from energy security and sustainable development to biotechnology and human health.

Notable alumni who have graduated from the School of Engineering include Steven Sasson, inventor of the first digital camera, Marcian “Ted” Hoff, inventor of the microprocessor, and Ray Tomlinson, inventor of email.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute educates 6,200 undergraduate and 1,100 graduate students on campuses in Troy, New York, and Hartford, Connecticut. In addition to Engineering, the university offers more than 130 programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels in the schools of Science; Architecture; Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; and the Lally School of Management; as well as an interdisciplinary degree in Information Technology and Web Science.

The School of Engineering embodies the idea of the New Polytechnic―an emerging paradigm for higher education that envisions the university as a crossroads for collaboration across disciplines, sectors, and geographical regions, harnessing the power of modern tools and technologies to address the complex problems of the world. The New Polytechnic is transformative in the global impact of research, in its innovative pedagogy, and in the lives of students at Rensselaer.

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is America’s first technological research university. For nearly 200 years, Rensselaer has been defining the scientific and technological advances of our world. Rensselaer faculty and alumni represent 86 members of the National Academy of Engineering, 17 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 25 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 8 members of the National Academy of Medicine, 8 members of the National Academy of Inventors, and 5 members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, as well as 6 National Medal of Technology winners, 5 National Medal of Science winners, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With 7,000 students and nearly 100,000 living alumni, Rensselaer is addressing the global challenges facing the 21st century—to change lives, to advance society, and to change the world. To learn more, go to