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Annual RCNJ Dinner Meeting to Take Place on February 28

The Rensselaer Club of New Jersey will hold its annual dinner meeting on Wednesday, February 28 at 6:00pm at the Montclair Golf Club in West Orange. Dr. G.P. "Bud" Peterson, Rensselaer's new provost will be the featured speaker.

Read on for more information and directions.

RSVP Instructions

The cost of this event is $75.00 per person. Reservations will be accepted until February 14. Make your check payable to the "Rensselaer Club of New Jersey" and send them to:
Philip M. Lurie '74
Rensselaer Club of New Jersey
P.O. Box 461
Paramus, NJ 07653-0461
Please indicate if you will require a vegetarian or kosher meal option.

For more information, contact Phil Lurie, phil-lurie@att.net.

If you are RSVPing after February 14, please phone Ken DeGhetto at 973-630-8301 to be added to the guest list.


Montclair Golf Club
25 Prospect Avenue
West Orange, NJ 07052

From the West (including Interstate 287)

Interstate 80 East to Interstate 280 East to Exit 8B (Prospect Avenue, Cedar Grove). Pass through four traffic lights. Between the second and third traffic lights, you will pass a shopping center on the left side of the road. After the fourth traffic light, a large restauarant called the Manor will be seen on the left side of the road. Shortly thereafter on the left is the entrance to Montclair Golf Club.

From the East (including NJ Turnpike and Garden State Parkway)

Take Interstate 280 West to Exit 8B. Follow the instructions listed above, beginning with "Pass through four traffic lights."

Order of Program

  • 6:00-7:00pm, Cocktails (hosted by Ken DeGhetto '50) and Hors d'oeuvres
  • 7:15-7:20, Introduction by Ken DeGhetto
  • 7:20-7:45, Dr. G.P. "Bud" Peterson - The Rensselaer Plan: One Year Later
  • 8:00-9:30, Dinner

Biographical Sketch of Dr. G.P. "Bud" Peterson

G.P. "Bud" Peterson joined Rensselaer as Provost on July 1, 2000. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1985, and remained there on as a faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering Department. During his nineteen years at Texas A&M, he was named the Halliburton Professor of Mechanical Engineering (1990) and the College of Engineering's Tenneco Professor (1991). He served in a number of administrative roles, including Division Leader for the Thermal and Fluid Science Division, Department Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department, and most recently as Associate Vice Chancellor and Executive Associate Dean of the College of Engineering. In 1993 he was invited to serve as the Program Director for the Thermal Transport and Thermal Processing Division of the National Science Foundation where he received the 1994 NSF Award for Outstanding Management. Prior to joining Texas A&M University, he was Head of the General Engineering Technology Department at Kansas Technical Institute. Peterson earned three degrees from Kansas State University (B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1975; B.S., Mathematics, 1977; and M.S., Engineering, 1980).

Peterson is the author or co-author of 125 refereed journal articles and more than 150 conference publications in the area of thermodynamics and heat transfer. His technical contributions have been recognized through numerous awards including the Dow / ASEE Outstanding Young Faculty Award; the ASME / Pi Tau Sigma Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award, and the AIAA Thermophysics Award. He is a member of Pi Tau Sigma, Sigma Xi, and Phi Kappa Phi, as well as a Fellow of both the ASME and AIAA, and holds eight patents.

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About the RCNJ

The Rensselaer Club of New Jersey (RCNJ) is a regional chapter of the Rensselaer Alumni Association that serves the State of New Jersey.

For More Information

For more information, contact Sandeep Nandy, RCNJ President, by email at sandeep.nandy [at] verizon.com.
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