Rensselaer Hosts Workshop on Image-Based Modeling and Navigation for Space Applications

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hosted the first annual Workshop on Image-Based Modeling and Navigation for Space Applications June 4-5 on campus.

Images collected by spacecraft are one of the primary sources of information for understanding our solar system. These same images may be used to determine the spacecraft’s location. Despite decades of experience with processing space imagery, a number of challenges continue to limit where we explore and how much we learn while there.

Researchers Awarded Top Geotechnical Journal Paper Award

For the second year in a row, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute earthquake engineering experts Ricardo Dobry and Tarek Abdoun have been selected by the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to receive the Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award. The award is presented to the author or authors of a paper published by the ASCE judged worthy of special commendation for its merit as a contribution to geotechnical engineering.

It All Starts With an Idea

An automatic door control system, an emergency response drone, a specialized drawing board, a planter system that cleans the air, a product to prevent plaque (re)growth on surgical stents, and a novel use of gamification for community security are all winners of the spring 2018 Change the World Challenge student innovation competition at Rensselaer.

Professor Emily Liu Receives ELATE at Drexel Fellowship

Li (Emily) Liu, associate professor of nuclear engineering and engineering physics in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been named a fellow of the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering program—ELATE at Drexel—a professional development program for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Faculty Honored at School of Engineering Annual Awards Dinner (2018)

The School of Engineering held its annual Faculty Awards Dinner for 2018 on April 25th at the Franklin Plaza in Troy. Engineering faculty members were honored with education, research, and team awards as well at the announcement of the Outstanding Professor of Engineering Award.

Kurt Anderson, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education presented the Classroom Excellence Award, to Prof. Ali Tajer, Electrical, Computer, and Systems.

Herbie Hancock Tells Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2018 Graduates To Nurture Their Humanity

When legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock took the podium at the 212th Commencement at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Saturday, he told a story from his own years as a young graduate, at a time when he was playing piano with the Miles Davis Quintet. In the midst of a “magical” performance in Stockholm, Sweden, as Davis was building his solo, Hancock played a chord “that was so wrong, it was like lighting a match to the gorgeous house of sound we had been building.”

Meet the Rensselaer Class of 2018: An Overview of Commencement

On Saturday, May 19, 1,945 students will receive degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the oldest technological research university in the United States, beginning at 8:15 a.m. in the East Campus Athletic Village (ECAV) stadium on campus. They represent the next generation of leaders, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, patent holders, game designers, architects, and innovators, in fields ranging from engineering to architecture, fine arts to science, game design to information technology, and business to active military service.

Commencement 2018 Profile: Amber and Alwaleed Zia

The support of family is an integral part of any college student’s experience. In the case of Amber and Alwaleed (Al) Zia’s parents, that support meant moving the whole family from Darien, Connecticut, to Lee, Massachusetts, so that their daughter and son could commute together to and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute daily. And together they will graduate on May 19.

Commencement 2018 Profile: Alejandra Jaime-Rodriguez

Along with the challenges of pursuing a dual degree at a technological university, Alejandra Jaime-Rodriguez joined the university’s equestrian team, and with passion and perseverance, but no prior experience, qualified for a regional competition of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.

Unfortunately, just prior to the competition, she was thrown from a horse, and was too sore to compete. She did, however, return to riding as soon as she was able.

“You don’t learn how to fall; you learn from the fall—learn from it and get back on the horse,” she says.