Vice President for Information Services and Technology & Chief Information Officer
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th St, Troy, NY 12180-3590
The Vice President for Information Services and Technology and Chief Information Officer provides leadership for strategic planning in the acquisition, use, and growth of Rensselaer’s campus-wide information resources, services, and technology to support education, research, and administrative activities.
John Kolb received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Rensselaer. A licensed professional engineer, Kolb’s Rensselaer career spans over 30 years. He previously served as dean, Computing and Information Services; assistant dean, Engineering; head, Core Engineering; and director, Engineering Computing Services. Kolb has taught courses in Engineering, Science, Management, and IT. He is a member of the NYSERNET.org Board, and chair of the NYSERNET.net Board; co-chair, University of the State of NY Technology Policy and Practices Council; member of the Board, Internet2, the American Society for Engineering Education, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; former chair, CIO Council of the Capital Region Business-Higher Education Roundtable, former member and chair of the Board for the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology; and past recipient of the Boeing Outstanding Engineering Educator Award. Kolb was instrumental in attracting and implementing the $100M Center for Computational Innovations (CCI), and the NYS High Performance Computing Consortium (HPCNY), working with IBM, Rensselaer currently has in place AMOS (Advanced Multiprocessing Optimized System), a PetaFLOP supercomputer, and Watson, a cognitive computing platform.