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.

Advanced Manufacturing at Rensselaer: Educating the Next Generation of Innovators

Troy, N.Y. — Advanced manufacturing is accelerating the translation of American innovations in science and technology into new products and processes. This hits close to home at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as it continues to develop new strategies and programs to educate the next generation of innovators.

Rensselaer To Participate in University Startups Demo Day in Washington, D.C.

Troy, N.Y. —The National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2), an association of university Startup Officers, will hold its first University Startups Demo Day on September 20, in Washington, D.C. According to the organization, universities create over 800 startups each year around the country, and 200 companies were submitted and screened to find the “Best University Startups 2016.” A company founded by a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Ph.D.

Science and Engineering Connect From the Classroom to the Marketplace

Marta Manning earned her doctorate in chemistry. But as part of her program, she also studied aspects of engineering, learned about commercial issues like intellectual property and conflict resolution, and mapped her academic path with biologists and chemical engineers, as well as chemists. After graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Manning founded Promatrix Technologies, a company that is developing a diagnostic blood test for bipolar disorder based on proteomics.