Dr. Kevin R. (Randy) Stewart is a Lecturer in the Division of Information Technology and Web Science, after a successful career as a research scientist and as CEO of multiple companies.
After graduating from West Virginia University with a degree in chemistry, Randy began his career as a synthetic chemist working for the Eastman Kodak Company. Two years of industrial chemistry sent him off to graduate school, where he earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from North Carolina State University, publishing on topics related to structure and bonding in organometallic chemistry. He later moved to Harvard University as a National Institutes of Health Post-Doctoral Fellow to study the chemistry and physics of surfaces.
Dr. Stewart returned to industry as a Scientist at the GE Corporate Research Center, where he developed reactive chemical processes and materials for optical communications before becoming a Program Manager for External Project Developments. He launched his career as an entrepreneur after acquiring a DARPA funded technology from GE and starting a successful company to deliver optical communications components to the telecom marketplace. He later worked with multiple venture capital firms, universities, and corporations to commercialize new technologies. Prior to joining Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Randy was CEO of a solar energy company developing products, managing international manufacturing, and delivering solar projects to major corporate clients in North America.
Dr. Stewart has been awarded 25 patents and has authored 26 peer reviewed technical publications. He has served on numerous committees for the National Science Foundation and the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority."