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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and be of some renown.

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

Age: 51

Birthplace: Stanford, California

Reid Garrett Hoffman CBE (born August 5, 1967) is an American internet entrepreneur, venture capitalist and author. Hoffman was the co-founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn, a ...more
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George Washington Gale F... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Civil engineer, Inventor, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 37 (1859-1896)

Birthplace: Galesburg, Illinois

George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. (February 14, 1859 – November 22, 1896) was an American civil engineer. He is mostly known for creating the original Ferris Wheel for the 1893 Chicago World's ...more

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Steven Sasson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Inventor, Electrical engineer, Engineer

Age: 68

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Steven J. Sasson (born July 4, 1950) is an American electrical engineer and the inventor of the first self-contained (portable) digital camera. Sasson is a 1972 (BS) and 1973 (MS) graduate of ...more
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Ray Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Inventor

Age: 78

Birthplace: Amsterdam, New York

Raymond Samuel Tomlinson (April 23, 1941 – March 5, 2016) was a pioneering American computer programmer who implemented the first email program on the ARPANET system, the precursor to the ...more
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Richard Mastracchio is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Astronaut, Engineer

Age: 59

Birthplace: Waterbury, Connecticut

Richard Alan "Rick" Mastracchio (born February 11, 1960) is an American engineer and former NASA astronaut. He has flown on three NASA Space Shuttle missions as a mission specialist in ...more
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Dennis Tito is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur

Age: 78

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Dennis Anthony Tito (born August 8, 1940) 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 ...more
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Paul Furio is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Programmer, Game programmer

Age: 44

Birthplace: Farmingdale, New York

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Edward Zander is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur

Age: 72

Birthplace: New York City, New York

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

Age: Dec. at 52 (1923-1975)

Keeve M. (Kip) Siegel (1923-1975) 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 ...more
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Gary Burrell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Gary Burrell Businessperson

Age: 82

Gary Leon Burrell (August 24, 1937 – June 12, 2019) was an American businessman and philanthropist. He was the co-founder and chairman emeritus of Garmin, makers of popular Global Positioning ...more
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Peter van Inwagen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Physician, Philosopher

Age: 76

Peter van Inwagen (; born September 21, 1942) is an American analytic philosopher and the John Cardinal O'Hara Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He is also a Research ...more
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Walter Lincoln Hawkins ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Walter Lincoln Hawkins Chemist

Age: Dec. at 81 (1911-1992)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Walter Lincoln Hawkins (1911–1992) was an African-American chemist and engineer widely regarded as a pioneer of polymer chemistry. For thirty-four years he worked at Bell Laboratories, where he ...more
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Nariman Farvardin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Engineer

Age: 62

Birthplace: Iran

Nariman Farvardin (born July 15, 1956) is an Iranian-American engineer and educator, currently serving as president of Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey. Formerly senior vice ...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

Age: 68

Jon "maddog" Hall (born 7 August 1950) is the Board Chair for the Linux Professional Institute, and CEO of OptDyn, makers of Subutai P2P Cloud Platform.
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Jack Swigert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Politician, Astronaut

Age: Dec. at 51 (1931-1982)

Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States of America

John Leonard Swigert Jr. (August 30, 1931 – December 27, 1982) was an American test pilot, mechanical and aerospace engineer, United States Air Force pilot, and NASA astronaut. He was one of ...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

Age: 82

Birthplace: Honesdale, Pennsylvania, United States of America

John Walter Olver (born September 3, 1936) 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 ...more
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Alan Voorhees is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Civil engineer, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 83 (1922-2005)

Alan Manners Voorhees (December 17, 1922 – December 18, 2005) was an American transportation engineer and urban planner who designed many large public works in the United States. Voorhees was ...more
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Kevin A. Lynch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Kevin A. Lynch Urban planner

Age: Dec. at 66 (1918-1984)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Kevin Andrew Lynch (January 7, 1918 – April 25, 1984) was an American urban planner and author. He is known for his work on the perceptual form of urban environments and was an early proponent ...more
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Washington Roebling is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Washington Roebling Civil engineer, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 89 (1837-1926)

Birthplace: Saxonburg, Pennsylvania

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

Age: Dec. at 75 (1818-1893)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Eben Norton Horsford (27 July 1818 – 1 January 1893) was an American scientist who is best known for his reformulation of baking powder, his interest in Viking settlements in America, and the ...more
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Myles Brand is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni

Age: Dec. at 67 (1942-2009)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Myles Neil Brand (May 17, 1942 – September 16, 2009) was the 14th president of the University of Oregon. He was also the 16th president of Indiana University, and the 4th president of the United ...more
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Arthur J. Gajarsa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Judge, Politician

Age: 78

Birthplace: Norcia, Italy

Arthur Joseph Gajarsa (born March 1, 1941) is a former United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
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Theodore Judah is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Theodore Judah Entrepreneur, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 37 (1826-1863)

Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut

Theodore Dehone Judah (March 4, 1826 – November 2, 1863) was an American railroad and civil engineer who was a central figure in the original promotion, establishment, and design of the First ...more