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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Admissions Officers

Theresa Abbott

Assistant Director

kellyt4@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Alaska, California (Northern), Colorado, Hawaii, Maine

Favorite thing about Troy

I love going out to Grafton State Park to kayak and go for hikes around the lakes. In downtown Troy, I love the wood-fired pizza at Bacchus.

Hanif Cropper

Admissions Counselor

cropph@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, New York City (Brooklyn), Ohio, Oklahoma

Favorite thing about Troy

I spend most of my lunch breaks at I Love New York Pizza. I also enjoy Rockin‘ on the River during the summer time.

Ulysses deArmas

Associate Director

dearmu@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: New York City (Staten Island, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens), Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Guam, Puerto Rico

Favorite thing about Troy

My favorite places in Troy are The Ruck for their wonderful wings and wing burgers, and Manory’s. I love Manory’s because it looks like a hole in the wall, but the food is fantastic and the friendly wait staff do a great job.

Jim Driggs

Admissions Counselor

driggj@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington

Favorite thing about Troy

Troy is a great small city! I love Manory’s for breakfast and Dinosaur BBQ for lunch and dinner. Tri-City Valley Cats baseball games are a great way to watch minor league baseball. I also love supporting our RPI sports teams!

Meghan Griggs

Assistant Director

griggm2@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas

Favorite thing about Troy

I love to go to the Troy Farmer‘s Market on Saturday mornings, and discover the cute new boutiques. Downtown Troy also has some of the best food options in the Capital District. Two of my favorite places are Troy Kitchen and Thunder Mountain Curry, an Indian/Pakistani and Thai restaurant located right here on campus.

Heather Hansen

Associate Director

hoffah@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Massachusetts (Western/Central), New York (Capital District)

Favorite thing about Troy

Ali Baba Mediterranean restaurant – it's a short walk from campus, and the fresh-baked lavash with yogurt sauce is amazing! Slidin' Dirty is my downtown favorite. They have the best, most unique sliders and tacos, and it's a very cool atmosphere.

Melissa Johnson

Admissions Counselor

johnsm20@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Delaware, New York (Rockland & Westchester Counties), Pennsylvania

Favorite thing about Troy

I love Psychedelicatessen – it’s a great place for a bagel and coffee.

Karen S. Long

Director, Undergraduate Admission

longks@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Massachusetts (Greater Boston & Cape Cod)

Favorite thing about Troy

I love the variety of cultural activities and festivals offered throughout the year. From concerts in EMPAC and the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, to summer concerts along the Hudson River, the music scene in Troy is vibrant. Troy Night Out, Chowderfest, the Pig Out, and the Victorian Christmas Stroll are great annual events that bring the local community together.

Greg Marcoux

Assistant Director

marcog@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont

Favorite thing about Troy

I love Troy because there is always something to do. There are many great restaurants to visit in downtown – Brown’s, Dinosaur BBQ, or Slidin’ Dirty, just to name a few. There is also the Troy Farmer’s Market, which is always great to get some local food and produce. Troy is in a great location as well, being 10 minutes from Albany and 3 hours from Boston, NYC, and Montreal. Whether it is one of the great restaurants, events downtown, or a quick trip to a larger city, there is always something to do!

Arianna Palumbo-Livshits

Assistant Director

paluma3@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: California (Southern), Connecticut

Favorite thing about Troy

Troy Kitchen is my absolute favorite place to eat in Troy! This fancy food court has a variety of food options for everybody. Poke bowls, gyros, and taco salads are some of my favorites, but there is so much more. I could go every day for lunch or dinner (which I often find myself doing) and always have a different and delicious meal!

Alexandria Pizzola

Admissions Counselor

pizzoa@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New York (Long Island), North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Favorite thing about Troy

From the top floors of the Troy Public Library to the fabulous cafes to the vibrant street art, Troy offers so much to explore and experience. One of my personal favorites is the Front Parlor Series, a monthly event where amateur and veteran storytellers share true stories based on a common theme.

Nicholas Rosato

Associate Director; Director of Transfer Admission

rosatn@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: New York (Central Hudson Valley & Catskills), International (excluding China & India), Transfer

Favorite thing about Troy

Troy Night Out – a monthly arts and cultural event held the last Friday of every month in downtown Troy. It’s a great opportunity to check out the local, unique shops, art galleries, musicians, and restaurants.

Hannah Simms

Admissions Counselor

simmsh2@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: New Jersey

Favorite thing about Troy

I absolutely love Troy Night Out, a monthly art night held in gallery spaces all across downtown Troy. It is a fabulous excuse to try a new restaurant and then check out the amazing work of Troy‘s most creative minds. When it comes to a daytime experience, Illium Cafe is delicious and a total gem.

Megan Whalen

Assistant Director; Director of International Recruitment

doppm@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: New York (Central, Northern, Western), International (China & India)

Favorite thing about Troy

Sweet Sue’s is one of my favorite lunch/sweet treat spots in Downtown Troy – the menu is farm-to-plate, simple, and changes with the seasons or the weather!