Modeling, Design, and Controls Expert B. Wayne Bequette Named Fellow of IEEE

Modeling, design, and controls expert B. Wayne Bequette has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).  Bequette, a professor of chemical and biological engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), is being recognized for contributions to design and control of chemical and biological systems. Much of his recent work has been toward the development of a closed-loop artificial pancreas for individuals with type 1 diabetes.

Rensselaer Receives $9.44M Grant From Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has provided a $9.44 million grant to help refurbish and upgrade the electron linear accelerator (LINAC) at the Gaerttner LINAC Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Once the upgrades are complete, the Institute will be home to some of the nation’s most advanced technology for measuring neutron interactions with nuclear materials.

Rensselaer TALKS Lecture Series Explores Chaos and Resilience

Troy, N.Y. – To bring together world-renowned thinkers and speakers from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) campus community and beyond, a team of Rensselaer students launched the Rensselaer TALKS lecture series in May 2014. On Monday, Dec. 14, the students continue with the fourth installment of TALKS, this time with the theme of “Chaos.” The program will begin at noon in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) auditorium. 

Rensselaer and Hudson Valley FLL To Host FIRST LEGO League Robotics Tournament

Troy, N.Y. — Have you ever thought about the disposable plastic straw in your drink at a restaurant? When you finish your meal and leave, what happens to the straw? Just ask the 14 elementary and middle school teams from the Capital Region that will compete in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Regional Qualifying Tournament on Dec. 12 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

IBM Research and Rensselaer Pioneer Next-Generation Cognitive Environments

IBM Research (NYSE: IBM) today announced plans for a multi-year collaboration with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to pioneer new frontiers in the scientific field of immersive cognitive systems. The research collaboration will be housed in the newly established Cognitive and Immersive Systems Lab (CISL) on the Rensselaer campus in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC).

James DiCarlo To Speak on Neuroscience and Cognitive Computing

On Tuesday, November 17, MIT Professor James DiCarlo, M.D., Ph.D., will deliver a lecture titled “Reverse Engineering the Mind: The convergence of neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, and engineering” at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). DiCarlo, the Peter de Florez Professor of Neuroscience at MIT, is head of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research and professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT.

Engineering Professor Jie Lian Develops New Layering Process for Graphene

Troy, N.Y. — Graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms bonded in a hexagonal pattern, is simultaneously the thinnest, strongest, and stiffest known material, and also serves as an excellent conductor of both heat and electricity. However, these superior properties have yet to be realized for graphene-derived macroscopic structures such as graphene fibers.