Incoming Faculty Bring New Areas of Research to Rensselaer

Troy, N.Y. — From neuronal differentiation and protein trafficking in order to understand diseases such as Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s, ALS, and diabetes to spacecraft navigation, from advanced controls for manufacturing processes to research that focuses on the behavior of complex networks, and the dynamics of social, biological, and ecological networks.  Rensselaer is welcoming new experts in research as 19 professors join the faculty for the 2017-18 academic year.

Art_x @ Rensselaer Symposium Showcases Music, Sound, and Mathematics

What gives music its appeal? Why does one composition enthrall and endure, while another falls flat?

Internationally recognized composer and researcher Gareth Loy draws his explanation from cognitive science, information theory, connectionism, and music theory. He will share his findings on Wednesday, October 25, during “A Theory of Musical Interest,” the keynote address of the Art_x Symposium of Music, Sound, and Mathematics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The event is free and open to the community.

Confronting Dementia From Lab to Bedside

Troy, N.Y. – We know Alzheimer’s as a brutal disease that dismantles our loved ones and condemns them to death. But science and engineering researchers look inside the disease to identify early warning signs and develop the imaging techniques to see them, to unravel the biochemical puzzle that creates a toxic clump of misfolded proteins, and to develop and test new drugs and therapies that chip away at cognitive decline. The insights that emerge from such research are the seeds for medicine in the form of diagnostic tools, treatments, and hopefully, a cure.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Ranked 42nd Among National Universities

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ranks among the best universities in the United States, according to the annual list of college rankings released this week by U.S. News & World Report. The publication’s list ranks Rensselaer 42nd among 311 national research universities. With its overall composite score rising each year, Rensselaer has been ranked as one of the top 50 national universities by U.S. News for the past 18 years.

EMPAC Offers Free Building Tours

Throughout the fall 2017 season, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will offer a series of free building tours on the first Saturday of each month. Led by a different member of the EMPAC team, each tour will focus on a different thematic or technological area, from audio, to stage technologies, to the programmatic capabilities of the center as a whole. Tours begin at 2PM in the EMPAC 7th-floor lobby and are open to the public.

After the Flood: Reflections on Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Katrina

Troy, N.Y. — For the last few days, the world has been watching as Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall, first as a Category 4 hurricane late Friday in the Texas Gulf Coast. As the storm has moved out, some parts of the region may see more than 50 inches of rain, according to forecasters. With heavy rain still expected, rivers rising, and major dams outside of Houston overflowing as Storm Harvey pushes reservoirs past capacity, what can flood control officials and engineers do?

Rensselaer To Welcome Class of 2021

This weekend, 1,682 new students will make their way to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to start the next stage of their academic careers. The first-year students hail from 42 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. As a reflection of Rensselaer’s global reach, almost 300 students come from countries around the world. The first-year students will move in on Saturday, August 26. Classes begin on Thursday, Aug. 31

Joe Chow Named Institute Professor of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, N.Y. — Joe Chow, power grid control expert and professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was recently named Institute Professor of Engineering, one of the highest and most prestigious honors bestowed upon a Rensselaer faculty member.

New Bioimaging Technique Is Fast and Economical

A new approach to optical imaging makes it possible to quickly and economically monitor multiple molecular interactions in a large area of living tissue – such as an organ or a small animal; technology that could have applications in medical diagnosis, guided surgery, or pre-clinical drug testing. The method, which is detailed in Nature Photonics, is capable of simultaneously tracking 16 colors of spatially linked information over an area spanning several centimeters, and can capture interactions that occur in mere billionths of a second.

Rensselaer Team Takes Third Place at ASME Design Competition

Troy, N.Y. A team of Rensselaer students earned third place at the ASME Student Manufacturing Design Competition at the Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference at the University of Southern California. The students designed “Invisbell,” a bike bell that mounts on either side of a bicycle’s handlebars to accommodate both left- and right-handed riders.