Navigating Rensselaer and Beyond

Troy, N.Y. – Starting classes, meeting peers, and exploring a new geographical area all at once may seem intimidating for many first-year students making the transition to college and campus life. But, it’s not like that for incoming first-year students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, according to staffers in the Office of the First-Year Experience. This year,  more than 1,700 students—representing the largest incoming class in the Institute’s history—are joining the Rensselaer campus community.

Rensselaer To Welcome Class of 2020 to Campus

Troy, N.Y. – More than 1,700 students—representing the largest incoming Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute class in the Institute’s history—will make their way to Troy this weekend. The first-year students hail from 47 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and from countries all around the world. Student will move to Rensselaer campus on Tuesday, August 23.

Immersive Environments in Action at Rensselaer Research Showcase

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.

Meet the Members of the Rensselaer Class of 2020

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.

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.