Center for Future Energy Systems Annual Conference Feb. 26

Troy, N.Y. – Richard Kauffman, chairman of Energy and Finance for New York in the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, will give the keynote address this week at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES). The event will take place Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, N.Y. from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Exploring Engineering Day at Rensselaer

Troy, N.Y. – In celebration of National Engineers Week, the School of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is hosting its annual Exploring Engineering Day event on Saturday, Feb. 21. Experimenting with electromagnetics, understanding nuclear power, exploring biological cell function, understanding how cars work, and building water sheds, are just a few of the engineering activities 360 children in grades 3 to 6, and their parents will explore as part of the program.

Rensselaer Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Michael O’Rourke Is a Snow Load Expert

Troy, N.Y. — With numerous winter storms impacting multiple portions of the country, there is much concern regarding roof collapses due to snow loads. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor of civil and environmental engineering Michael O’Rourke wrote the book that is critical for preventing roofs from caving in under the weight of snow. Snow Loads was published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 2010.

"Radio-Genetics" Triggers Gene Expression with Magnetic Field

Troy, N.Y. — It’s the most basic of ways to find out what something does, whether it’s an unmarked circuit breaker or an unidentified gene — flip its switch and see what happens. New remote-control technology may offer biologists a powerful way to do this with cells and genes. A team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Rockefeller University is developing a system that would make it possible to remotely control biological targets in living animals — rapidly, without wires, implants, or drugs.

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Rensselaer’s School of Engineering is committed to educating engineers prepared to solve society’s grand technical challenges with integrity and excellence.

Our mission is to educate leaders of tomorrow for technology-based careers; to celebrate discovery, and the responsible application of technology; to create knowledge and global prosperity.

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In 2024 Rensselaer will be celebrating 200th anniversary! Throughout our history, we have been guided by our founders’ vision – “applying science to the common purposes of life” – a vision that defines what engineers do: understand and harness science and mathematics to solve the grand challenges facing the world.