Faculty Honored at School of Engineering Annual Recognition Dinner (2016)

Engineering faculty members were honored with annual recognition awards at the School of Engineering 2016 Faculty Achievement Dinner, held May 3rd at Revolution Hall in Troy.

The Classroom Excellence Award were presented by Kurt Anderson, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, to Mariah Hahn, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and the Education Innovation Awards to Tarek Abdoun, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Ken Connor, Professor of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering.

Rensselaer Will Lead Northeast Regional Manufacturing Center Hub

Troy, N.Y. — During the third annual SelectUSA Summit in Washington, D.C., held on June 20, before an audience of business leaders, economic development officials, and investors from around the world, United States President Barack Obama announced that the the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC), will lead the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE).

A New Approach To Building Efficient Thermoelectric Nanomaterials

By doping a thermoelectric material with minute amounts of sulfur, a team of researchers has found a new path to large improvements in the efficiency of materials for solid-state heating and cooling and waste energy recapture. This approach profoundly alters the electronic band structure of the material – bismuth telluride selenide — improving the so-called “figure of merit,” a ranking of a material’s performance that determines efficiency in applications and opening the door to advanced applications of thermoelectric materials to harvest waste heat from power plants to computer chips.

Historic Fossils Find New Life Telling the Story of Ancient Proteins

A few snippets of protein extracted from the fossil of an extinct species of giant beaver are opening a new door in paleoproteomics, the study of ancient proteins. Ancient proteins can be used to place animals on the evolutionary tree, and could offer insights into how life and Earth’s environment have evolved over time. Typically, paleoproteomics relies on fossils collected for the purpose.

Rensselaer Tennis Player To Receive ITA/Arthur Ashe Award

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athlete Emily Laurilliard ’16 has been selected to receive the ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award for the Northeast Region. The prestigious honor is given annually to collegiate students who have shown great achievements on and off the court. The award takes into account a player’s tennis accomplishments, scholastic achievements, and extracurricular endeavors.

Advanced Professional Studies Student Earns Degree While Cutting Costs for Company

TROY, N.Y.The timing was just right. Pratt & Whitney had just introduced its PurePower® Engines and the company wanted to meet production demand by finding ways to manufacture the engine and other components more efficiently. Melinda Dean, a talented manufacturing engineer, was part of the specialized team at the company’s plant in North Berwick, Maine, focused on making these efficiencies. But Dean also wanted to pursue her master’s in engineering.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Celebrates 210th Commencement

Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme Ertharin Cousin—leader of the world’s largest humanitarian organization—urged graduates to think first of others and be the first generation that embraces technology for all the right reasons at the 210th Commencement at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Saturday.

President Shirley Ann Jackson Receives National Medal of Science

Troy, N.Y. -- The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been presented with the 2014 National Medal of Science, the highest honor for scientific achievement bestowed by the United States government. It was presented today by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony. The award honors individuals deserving of special recognition for their outstanding cumulative contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, engineering, or behavioral or social sciences, in service to the nation.