Commencement 2017: A Passion for Research

Troy, N.Y. — Eva Mungai has a long-term goal. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Mungai moved to the United States in 2005 with her family, who settled in Palo Alto, California. A desire to focus on undergraduate research led Mungai to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Mungai will receive a degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer during the 211th Commencement Ceremony May 20. Following graduation, she will head to the University of Michigan, where she plans to pursue her master’s and Ph.D.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineering Professor Jennifer Pazour Receives Dr. Hamed K. Eldin Outstanding Early Career IE in Academia Award

Troy, N.Y. — Jennifer Pazour, assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been selected to receive the Dr. Hamed K. Eldin Outstanding Early Career IE in Academia Award.

A Race to the Finish Line: Middle and High School Teams From Across the Nation Set To Compete Racing Challenge at Rensselaer

Troy, N.Y. — Nearly 400 middle and high school students from across the nation will be competing in the 10th annual National STEM League (NSL) finals competition April 29-30. The Student Racing Challenge is the flagship series in the National STEM League, a program of Ten80 Education.

Intersecting Orbits

Troy, N.Y. — GameFest, an annual tradition at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, celebrates the creativity and innovation in digital games, with a student showcase and competition, music performances, and presentations from veteran game designers, critics, scholars, and indie developers. The event will be held Friday, April 28 to Saturday, April 29 in downtown Troy and on the Rensselaer campus. It is open to the campus and local community.

Rensselaer Professor Chaitanya Ullal Receives NSF CAREER Award

Chaitanya Ullal, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has won a Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). He will use the five-year, $556,091 award to study the structure of hydrogels – jelly-like materials that have some of the properties of solids, but are largely composed of water.

A Moldable Scaffold for Bone

A team including researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is developing a new material that can be used to replace skull bone lost to injury, surgery, or birth defect. The bioactive foam is malleable when exposed to warm saline, allowing surgeons to easily shape it to fit irregular defects in the skull, where it hardens in place. Once implanted in the skull, specially coated pores within the foam attract bone cells, naturally regenerating bone to replace the foam, which dissolves over time.