Can a diet high in processed fat and sugar and Type 2 diabetes cause degeneration of intervertebral discs in the spine? If so, what is happening, and can it be prevented?
An interactive conference room tracks the conversation of meeting participants, aiding the proceedings with additional information and data in real-time. A computer interface in the shape of a cylindrical fire pit allows users to discuss data projected onto its interior. Narrative abilities make it possible for users to explore complex scenarios – like the links between disparate events and characters in world history, or learning a new language – and make sense of data rich subjects. Each of these three research projects is under development within the Curtis R.
Troy, N.Y. – With the fall semester around the corner, more than 1,700 students—representing the largest incoming Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute class in the Institute’s history—will make their way to campus this weekend. Members of the Rensselaer Class of 2020 promise to be an exceptional group and represent the next generation of leaders, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, and innovators, in fields ranging from engineering to architecture, from fine arts to science, and from management to information technology.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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.