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Apple Named Dean of Graduate Education at Rensselaer

September 6, 2001

Apple Named Dean of Graduate Education at Rensselaer

Troy, N.Y. — Thomas M. Apple, professor of chemistry, has been named dean of graduate education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.

As dean of graduate education, Apple will have institutewide oversight of the doctoral and master’s degree programs. He will be responsible for assuring the overall quality of the graduate programs and assisting the academic schools in achieving their graduate education and academic missions. He also will coordinate the review of all existing and new graduate programs, administer graduate education policies, and provide administrative oversight to the graduate school. He will continue to teach and conduct research in his new position.

“Professor Apple is an extremely well qualified candidate with extensive experience in graduate education and research. He brings with him an outstanding record of scholarship and interaction with graduate students along with considerable administrative experience,” said President Shirley Ann Jackson.

“We in the graduate office are committed to the pursuit of excellence in our graduate programs, and to establishing Rensselaer as a leader in biotechnology and information technology,” said Apple. “We are dedicated to developing programs that will attract the best and brightest students and to creating a community that provides our graduate students with the tools to become world experts with a world view.’”

Apple, a resident of New Baltimore, N.Y., received his B.S. from Penn State University in 1976 and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Delaware in 1981. Prior to joining the Rensselaer faculty in 1991 he was a professor at the University of Nebraska.

Apple has served as chair of the chemistry department since 1997. He also has served on advisory panels at the National Science Foundation in Analytical Chemistry, in Chemical Education, and in Nanomaterials. In addition, he participated in the review of the Department of Energy’s program in Heterogeneous Catalysis. Apple was awarded the Rensselaer Trustees Outstanding Teacher Award in 1996.

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