Rensselaer Hosts FIRST® Robotics Kickoff Event

Troy, N.Y. — The FIRST® Robotics Competition season is now underway, following the kickoff event held on Jan. 7. This year, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will once again host the New York Tech Valley Regional competition March 16-18 on the Rensselaer campus in the East Campus Athletic Village. Thirty-six teams of high school students from the Capital Region, New York state, South Carolina, Canada, India, and Turkey will participate in the competition.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Announces Bipartisan “Manufacturing Universities” Legislation

Troy, N.Y. — U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced bipartisan legislation to help universities in New York and throughout the country strengthen their engineering programs to meet the demands of the modern manufacturing industry.

Rensselaer Engineering Professor Zvi Rusak Named American Physical Society Fellow

Troy, N.Y. — Zvi Rusak, professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). Rusak was recognized for his contributions to the field of fluid dynamics, including theoretical research that explains various complex fluid flow phenomena and informs the aerodynamic design of aircraft and turbomachinery.

Musica de Profundis: Music that Searches For Meaning While Probing Existential Depths

Troy, N.Y. — Local residents are invited to join Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students, faculty, staff, and alumni and alumnae  for the Institute’s annual holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 18, in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) Concert Hall. The program begins at 3 p.m.

The Holiday Concert titled: Musica de Profundis brings together a collection of music by composers searching for meaning while probing the existential depths.

Rensselaer and Hudson Valley FLL To Host FIRST LEGO League Robotics Tournament for Elementary and Middle Schools

Troy, N.Y. — Can you think of people and animals as allies in the quest to make life better for everyone? Just ask the 12 elementary and middle school teams from the Capital Region that will compete in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Regional Qualifying Tournament on Dec. 10 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

Summer Arch pop-up course: Inventor’s Nightmare

Coming Summer 2017: Students participating in Summer Arch can flex their creativity and develop their innate abilities to innovate. In Inventor’s Nightmare students will develop innovation tools by participating in a case study involving an invention gone awry. Have fun learning and practicing ideation, innovation, and design by developing your own solutions to an inventor’s problem. 

Info/Questions – contact swensv@rpi.edu