Under Pressure – Changing Semiconductor Properties

It’s a small change that makes a big difference. Researchers have developed a method that uses a one-degree change in temperature to alter the color of light that a semiconductor emits. The method, which uses a thin-film semiconductor layered on top of a heat-sensitive substrate material, offers a path to electronically triggering changes in the properties of semiconductor materials. 

Nano-Decoy Lures Human Influenza A Virus to its Doom

To infect its victims, influenza A heads for the lungs, where it latches onto sialic acid on the surface of cells. So researchers created the perfect decoy: A carefully constructed spherical nanoparticle coated in sialic acid lures the influenza A virus to its doom. When misted into the lungs, the nanoparticle traps influenza A, holding it until the virus self-destructs.

Rensselaer To Host Family Weekend Oct. 21-23

Troy, N.Y. – As signs of autumn such as falling leaves and cool weather days can be found across the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus, the university will be buzzing with activity as thousands of Rensselaer families are expected to visit Oct. 21-23 to celebrate Family Weekend.

For more than 60 years, parents, family members, alumni, and friends have made the annual trek to the Troy campus to attend Family Weekend.

Occupancy Detection Using Lighting Becomes a Reality

Troy, N.Y. — A team of faculty and graduate students from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) and Boston University was awarded a U.S. patent titled “Sensory Lighting System and Method for Characterizing an Illumination Space.” The patent describes how the LED lighting system in a space can detect occupants’ presence, location, and pose without the use of cameras, thereby preserving the privacy of the room’s occupants.

Special Landing at Rensselaer: Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter on ’86 Field

Troy, N.Y. – This year, as part of the National Manufacturing Day program hosted by the School of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, members of the campus, area students, and the local community will have an opportunity to view the arrival of the Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter on Friday, Oct. 14. Prior to the start of the program, the Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter (weather permitting) will make its debut on the Rensselaer campus with a 7:15 a.m.

School of Engineering To Host Fifth Annual National Manufacturing Day

Troy, N.Y. – Nearly 300 high school students from around New York’s Capital Region will visit the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) campus to attend the National Manufacturing Day program on Friday, Oct. 14. This marks the fifth year that Rensselaer has participated in the event, which aims to inspire young people to pursue careers in technology and advanced manufacturing. The opening program will be held on the Rensselaer campus in the Curtis R.

Rensselaer Symposium To Feature National Medal Laureates

TROY, N.Y.—Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson, recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Science, will lead a panel discussion with three alumni who are recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation at an event to be held during Reunion weekend in October. Titled “Creative Connections, Transformative Innovations,” the symposium will include B. Jayant Baliga, Ph.D. ’74, inventor of power electronics devices, Marcian “Ted” Hoff ’58, inventor of the microprocessor, and Steven J. Sasson ’72, inventor of the digital camera.

Rensselaer President Named 2016 Citizen Laureate

TROY, N.Y.—The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been named a recipient of the University at Albany Foundation’s Citizen Laureate Award. Established in 1977, the Citizen Laureate Awards honor outstanding leaders in business and industry, government, and academia, and are the most prestigious honors bestowed by the foundation.