Dr. Roland W. Schmitt is President Emeritus of Rensselaer Polechnic Institue, having been its President from March 1988 until July 1993.

Previously, he spent 37 years in General Electric, retiring in February 1988 as senior vice president for science and technology for GE and a member of GE's Corporate Executive Council. From 1978 to 1986 he directed GE's Research and Development Center in Schenectady, New York, one of the world's largest and most diversified industrial laboratories. Roland is chairman of the Motorola Science Advisors. He is a retired board member of the General Signal Corporation. Currently he is also a member of the Board of Directors of Reveo, an entrepreneurial venture firm and of its subsidiary, VREX. He is also on the advisory board of ILINC, another entrepreneurial firm.