1962 Graduate Steve Martin "Pleased With Direction That Rensselaer Is Headed"
Steve Martin has enjoyed a “wonderful” and successful business career, one that included working on the Apollo space program, consulting internationally, and holding several patents. Much of this success, he says, is related to his education.
Martin is a 1962 Rensselaer graduate with a Bachelor of Science in management engineering.
“I had a very fortunate career and have seen that how you get educated is very important,” he says. “Attending Rensselaer… deserves some points for helping me get where I am.”
In appreciation, Martin and his wife, Judy, have been longtime supporters of the Rensselaer Annual Fund. And recently, after reading Thomas Friedman’s The World Is Flat and the chapter on Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson and her role in addressing the “Quiet Crisis,” the Martins decided to leave Rensselaer a significant—and unrestricted—bequest. For their generosity, they were recognized with membership in the Heritage Society of Rensselaer.
“Dr. Jackson is using this platform to help the school, and also to motivate people to move into the engineering sciences, and to help our country remain strong and grow,” Martin says.
The “Quiet Crisis” building in the United States “stems from the gap between the nation’s growing need for scientists, engineers, and other technically skilled workers, and the production of them,” Dr. Jackson says.
“There are global forces that are impacting—and will continue to impact—our country,” Martin says. “It is now all about how educated you are. Dr. Jackson and Rensselaer are getting young people’s attention and encouraging them to step up.
“I am pleased with the direction that Rensselaer is headed, and I am pleased that I can contribute.”