RAMP-UP! at Rensselaer: Project Leadership

Current Advisory Board Members

Deb Kaminski

Kristin Bennett

Jim Napolitano

Antoinette Maniatty

Jose Holguin-Veras

Linda Layne

...Profiles coming soon.



Past Members

Dr. Joyce J. Diwan

Dr. Diwan has actively mentored many students and faculty through her research and teaching in the Sciences. She received her Ph.D. degree from University of Illinois (Medical Center) and joined the RPI faculty in 1969. She is currently a Professor of Biology and Director of Rensselaer's undergraduate Biochemistry & Biophysics Program.

Her service roles relevant to faculty development have included chair of the Institute Affirmative Action Committee, member of the Institute Promotion & Tenure Committee, and current chair of a departmental committee that evaluates and mentors junior faculty.


Dr. Caren Canier

Professor in the Arts Department, is working with faculty, department heads and the Dean to improve faculty mentoring and encourage better understanding of the promotion and tenure process. Professor Canier is a painter who teaches foundation courses in Drawing, Painting, and Two-Dimensional Design.

She has won numerous awards for her work including the Pollock/Krasner Foundation Grant, the Ingram Merrill Foundation Grant, and two Artist's Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues including solo exhibitions at the Robert                                    Schoelkopf and Bowery Galleries in New York, Boston University's Sherman Gallery and the                                    Art Gallery of the University of New Hampshire.


Dr. Mark Holmes

Professor, Department of Mathematics. As the Faculty Coach in the School of Science, Mark Holmes will work with science faculty to promote better mentoring and career advancement initiatives. He will meet regularly with individual faculty members to gauge their career progress toward tenure and promotion.

Dr. Holmes recently received both an award for Outstanding Teaching at Rensselaer, and an NSF grant to broaden the participation of students and postdocs in mathematics. His grant team is exploring ways to combine research, mentoring, and broad educational experiences. The team will look at ways to make innovative curricular changes to increase the number of students who enroll in graduate studies in mathematics as                                           preparation for careers in academia or industry.


Dr. José Holguín-Veras

Professor of Civil Engineering at Rensselaer. He is the recipient of two national awards, the Milton Pikarsky Memorial Award in 1996 and the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award.

His research interests are in the areas of intermodal freight transportation, freight transportation modeling, transportation planning, and transportation economics. He has an extensive service record with many organizations, referees major professional journals, and within the Institute has been dedicated to growing recognition for its engineering program.




Other past AdBoard members, profiles coming soon...

Keith Nelson

Linda Schadler

Susan Sharfstein

Cheryl Geisler