Rensselaer Assistant Professor Receives Department of Commerce Gold Medal

Troy, N.Y. – The United States Department of Commerce has awarded the Department of Commerce Gold Medal to Frank Lombardo, research assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  The gold medal is the highest honorary award granted by the Secretary of Commerce.

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.