Alumni Profile Rick Packer '79

Richard (Rick) Packer '79

Richard (Rick) Packer credits his time at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and the Rensselaer Society of Engineers (RSE) for teaching him valuable life skills that have served him well in his career, in addition to the stellar education he received.

Packer graduated from RPI with a bachelor’s degree in management engineering (since renamed industrial and systems engineering) in 1979, followed by a master’s in information systems in 1980. Thanks to RPI’s professional program that allowed him to start taking classes toward his masters as a junior and senior, Packer was able to achieve both his bachelor’s and his master’s degrees in just five years.

When Packer pledged at RSE his freshman year his motivations were both academic and social. He was drawn to the unique focus that RSE put on academics in addition to socialization, unlike many of the other fraternities on campus. RSE drew many diverse personalities for that reason, making it a great place to interact with a variety of fellow students.

“It seemed like a great place to make friends and maximize my time at RPI,” Packer says. 

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Mark Your Calendars

RSE Fall Trustee and Society Meetings and first annual networking event scheduled for Reunion & Homecoming Weekend 2019

Just a reminder that RPI's Reunion & Homecoming is from Thursday, September 26 through Sunday, September 29. Our RSE Fall Trustee and Society meetings are scheduled for the same weekend, specifically on Saturday, September 28 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the RSE Clubhouse.  In addition, remember that the first ever RSE JM/Alumni Networking Forum is on for Saturday, September 28, 2019 immediately following the Society meeting.  If you are interested in the event please pre-register here, or if you have any suggestions on how we can develop this area more fully, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



RSE Alumnus Appears on Jeopardy

Jim Williams '77 on Jeopardy

In case any of you missed it, RSE alum Jim-Bob Williams '77 appeared as a contestant on Jeopardy on May 28, 2019.

"Alex and I dye our hair grey so our friends won't be jealous. If you look close, you can see my Dad's tie clip. Yes, it is a monkey wrench. I try to wear something of his whenever I go on stage" - Jim-Bob Williams '77