Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, or RPI, is a private research university located in Troy, New York, United States. It was founded in 1824 by Stephen Van Rensselaer. RPI is known for its success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace. RPI consistently ranks among the top 50 national universities in the nation according to US News & World Report. The institute offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study. RPI is organized into the following academic schools:
RPI offers more than 20 varsity teams. It features a competitive Division I ice hockey team, which won NCAA national titles in 1954 and 1985. Their official mascot is the Pukeman.
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