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List of famous alumni from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

This is a list that features graduates like Adam Oates and Reid Hoffman.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute?” and “Which celebrities are Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute alumni?”

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Reid Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur
Reid Garrett Hoffman is an American internet entrepreneur, venture capitalist and author. Hoffman is best known as the co-founder of LinkedIn, a business-oriented social network used primarily ...more

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George Washington Gale Ferris,... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Civil engineer, Inventor, Engineer
George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. was an American engineer. He is mostly known for creating the original Ferris Wheel for the 1893 Chicago World's Columbian Exposition.

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Steven Sasson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Inventor, Electrical engineer, Engineer
Steven J. Sasson is an American electrical engineer and the inventor of the digital camera. Sasson is a 1972 and 1973 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in electrical engineering.

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Ray Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Inventor
Raymond Samuel Tomlinson is a US programmer who implemented an email system in 1971 on the ARPANET. It was the first system able to send mail between users on different hosts connected to the ...more

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Richard Mastracchio is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Astronaut, Engineer
Richard Alan "Rick" Mastracchio is an American engineer and a NASA astronaut. He has flown on three NASA Space Shuttle missions as a mission specialist in addition to serving as a ...more

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Dennis Tito is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur
Dennis Anthony Tito is an American engineer and multimillionaire, most widely known as the first space tourist to fund his own trip into space. In mid-2001, he spent nearly eight days in orbit ...more

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Paul Furio is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Programmer, Game programmer

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Edward Zander is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur
Edward J. Zander is an American business executive. He was CEO and Chairman of the Board of Motorola from January 2004 until January 2008, remaining as chairman until May 2008. His work in the ...more

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Kip Siegel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Physicist
Keeve M. Siegel was a US physicist. He was a professor of Physics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, and the founder of Conductron Corporation, a high tech producer of electronic ...more

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Gary Burrell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Gary Burrell Businessperson
Gary Burrell is an American businessman, co-founder and chairman emeritus of Garmin, makers of popular Global Positioning System devices. He earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from ...more

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Peter van Inwagen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Physician, Philosopher
Peter van Inwagen is an American analytic philosopher and the John Cardinal O'Hara Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He previously taught at Syracuse University and earned ...more

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Walter Lincoln Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Chemist
Walter Lincoln Hawkins was an African-American scientist and inventor who, while working at Bell Laboratories in the 1940s, helped to make universal service possible. Hawkins developed a plastic ...more

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Nariman Farvardin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Engineer
Nariman Farvardin is President at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey. Formerly Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost and acting President at the University of ...more

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Michael J. Miller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni

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Jon Hall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Programmer
Jon "maddog" Hall is the Executive Director of Linux International, a non-profit organization of computer professionals who wish to support and promote Linux-based operating systems.

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Jack Swigert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Politician, Astronaut
John Leonard "Jack" Swigert, Jr. was an American test pilot, mechanical and aerospace engineer, United States Air Force pilot, and NASA astronaut, one of the 24 persons who have flown ...more

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Daniel Reed is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Programmer, Computer scientist

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John Olver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Politician
John Walter Olver is an American politician who was the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 1st congressional district from 1991 to 2013. Raised on a farm in Pennsylvania, Olver graduated ...more

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Alan Voorhees is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Civil engineer, Engineer
Alan Manners Voorhees was a transportation engineer and urban planner who designed many large public works in the United States. Voorhees was born in Highland Park, New Jersey.

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Kevin A. Lynch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Urban planner
Kevin Andrew Lynch was an American urban planner and author. His most influential books include The Image of the City and What Time is This Place?.

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Washington Roebling is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Civil engineer, Engineer
Washington Augustus Roebling was an American civil engineer best known for his work on the Brooklyn Bridge, which was initially designed by his father John A. Roebling.

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Eben Norton Horsford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Scientist, Science writer
Eben Norton Horsford was an American scientist who is best known for his reformulation of baking powder, his interest in Viking settlements in America, and the monuments he built to Leif

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Myles Brand is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Myles Neil Brand was the 14th president of the University of Oregon, 16th president of Indiana University, and 4th president of the United States' National Collegiate Athletic Association.

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Arthur J. Gajarsa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Judge, Politician
Arthur Joseph Gajarsa is a former United States circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Judge Arthur Gajarsa was born on March 1, 1941 in Norcia, Italy. He ...more

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Theodore Judah is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Theodore Judah Entrepreneur, Engineer
Theodore Dehone Judah was an American railroad and civil engineer who was a central figure in the original promotion, establishment, and design of the first Transcontinental Railroad. He found ...more