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Famous Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 9.8k views239 items

List RulesPeople 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?”
  • Reid Hoffman1

    Reid Hoffman

    Businessperson, Investor


    BirthplaceStanford, California

    Reid Garrett Hoffman CBE (born August 5, 1967) is an American internet entrepreneur, venture...  more
  • George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr.2

    George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr.

    Civil engineer, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 37 (1859-1896)

    BirthplaceGalesburg, Illinois

    George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. (February 14, 1859 – November 22, 1896) was an American...  more
  • Steven Sasson3

    Steven Sasson

    Inventor, Electrical engineer


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Steven J. Sasson (born July 4, 1950) is an American electrical engineer and the inventor of...  more
  • 4


    BirthplaceAmsterdam, New York

    Raymond Samuel Tomlinson (April 23, 1941 – March 5, 2016) was a pioneering American computer...  more
  • Richard Mastracchio5

    Richard Mastracchio

    Astronaut, Engineer


    BirthplaceWaterbury, Connecticut

    Richard Alan "Rick" Mastracchio (born February 11, 1960) is an American engineer and former...  more
  • Dennis Tito6

    Dennis Tito

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Dennis Anthony Tito (born August 8, 1940) is an American engineer and multimillionaire, most...  more
  • Paul Furio7

    Paul Furio

    Programmer, Game programmer


    BirthplaceFarmingdale, New York

  • Edward Zander8

    Edward Zander

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Edward J. Zander is an American business executive. He was CEO and Chairman of the Board of...  more
  • 9

    Kip Siegel


    AgeDec. at 52 (1923-1975)

    Keeve M. (Kip) Siegel (1923-1975) was a US physicist. He was a professor of Physics at the...  more
  • 10

    Gary Burrell



    Gary Leon Burrell (August 24, 1937 – June 12, 2019) was an American businessman and...  more
  • 11

    Peter van Inwagen

    Physician, Philosopher


    Peter van Inwagen (; born September 21, 1942) is an American analytic philosopher and the John...  more
  • Walter Lincoln Hawkins12

    Walter Lincoln Hawkins


    AgeDec. at 81 (1911-1992)

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Walter Lincoln Hawkins (1911–1992) was an African-American chemist and engineer widely...  more
  • Nariman Farvardin13



    Nariman Farvardin (born July 15, 1956) is an Iranian-American engineer and educator, currently...  more
  • 14
    Michael or Mike Miller may refer to:...  more
  • Jon Hall15

    Jon Hall



    Jon "maddog" Hall (born 7 August 1950) is the Board Chair for the Linux Professional...  more
  • Jack Swigert16

    Jack Swigert

    Politician, Astronaut

    AgeDec. at 51 (1931-1982)

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado, United States of America

    John Leonard Swigert Jr. (August 30, 1931 – December 27, 1982) was an American test pilot,...  more
  • Daniel Reed17

    Daniel Reed

    Programmer, Computer scientist
  • John Olver18

    John Olver



    BirthplaceHonesdale, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    John Walter Olver (born September 3, 1936) is an American politician who was the U.S....  more
  • Alan Voorhees19

    Alan Voorhees

    Civil engineer, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 83 (1922-2005)

    Alan Manners Voorhees (December 17, 1922 – December 18, 2005) was an American transportation...  more
  • Kevin A. Lynch20

    Kevin A. Lynch

    Urban planner

    AgeDec. at 66 (1918-1984)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Kevin Andrew Lynch (January 7, 1918 – April 25, 1984) was an American urban planner and...  more
  • Washington Roebling21

    Washington Roebling

    Civil engineer, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 89 (1837-1926)

    BirthplaceSaxonburg, Pennsylvania

    Washington Augustus Roebling was an American civil engineer best known for his work on the...  more
  • Eben Norton Horsford22

    Eben Norton Horsford

    Scientist, Science writer

    AgeDec. at 75 (1818-1893)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Eben Norton Horsford (27 July 1818 – 1 January 1893) was an American scientist who is best...  more
  • Myles Brand23
    Myles Neil Brand (May 17, 1942 – September 16, 2009) was the 14th president of the University...  more
  • Arthur J. Gajarsa24

    Arthur J. Gajarsa

    Judge, Politician


    BirthplaceNorcia, Italy

    Arthur Joseph Gajarsa (born March 1, 1941) is a former United States Circuit Judge of the...  more
  • Theodore Judah25

    Theodore Judah

    Entrepreneur, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 37 (1826-1863)

    BirthplaceBridgeport, Connecticut

    Theodore Dehone Judah (March 4, 1826 – November 2, 1863) was an American railroad and civil...  more