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Art Goldstein ’57 was presented the Lifetime Achievement in Governance Award from the National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter at a ceremony held in May at the Seaport Boston Hotel.


Art Goldstein ’57

Goldstein is a technology pioneer with more than 40 years of experience as a director and executive. He led Ionics Inc., a water desalination, purification, and supply company, to remarkable growth in his positions as chairman, president, and chief executive officer. Ionics was purchased by General Electric in 2005. He was also a founder and chairman of the board of Sun Catalytix Corp., which is now part of the Lockheed Martin Corp.

Goldstein’s achievements as a director span the fields of technology, health care, finance, and higher education. He is a member of the board of trustees at the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization.

His previous directorships include Cabot Corp., State Street Corp., A123 Systems, Jobs for Massachusetts, and Dana-Farber/Partners Cancer Care. He has served as a director and committee chair of Partners HealthCare System, and as chairman of the Massachusetts High Technology Council. He is a former member of the Visiting Committees at the Harvard Business School and the Harvard School of Public Health, and was president of the Rensselaer Council.

Long active at Rensselaer, Goldstein has been recognized with the Alumni Key Award, the RAA Fellows Award, and the Demers Medal. In 1997 he received the Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Goldstein is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is an emeritus member of the Energy Initiative External Advisory Board at MIT and is chairman emeritus of the board of overseers of the International Business School at Brandeis University. He received a B.S. in chemical engineering from Rensselaer, an M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware, and an MBA from Harvard University.