Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a private research university situated in Troy, New York. Established in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the nation’s earliest technological university. It has approximately 5,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students. Significant alumni consist of previous school president George M. Low, who instructed the Apollo lunar landing program, Washington Roebling, who built the Brooklyn Bridge, and Steven J. Sasson, creator of the camera.
Its sports teams use the name “The Engineers,” in keeping with the school’s historically strong engineering program. The official nickname of sports team was changed in 1995 from the Engineers to the Red Hawks. But later the nickname has since been transformed back to Engineers. The school’s men’s and women’s hockey programs take part in NCAA Division I.