STEM Stars: High School Students Showcase Engineering Excellence in FIRST® STEAMworks

Troy, N.Y. —   This year, 36 teams of high school students from the Capital Region, New York state, South Carolina, Canada, India, and Turkey, along with hundreds of teachers, industry mentors, parents, and 3,000 pounds of metal, gears, and electronics, will test their skills in a unique competition where math, science, and engineering excellence are celebrated.

Two Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Students Named University Innovation Fellows

Troy, N.Y. — Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) students Zaire Johnson ’18, computer and systems engineering, and Vincent Arena ’17, mechanical engineering and design, innovation, and society, have been named University Innovation Fellows by the Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (

Rensselaer Engineering Professor Joe Chow Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Troy, N.Y. — Joe Chow, power grid control expert and professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Chow was elected for his technical contributions to modeling, analysis, and control of large-scale power grids.

Rensselaer Celebrates Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture With Smithsonian Poster Exhibition

Troy, N.Y. — Last September, the Smithsonian Institution opened its newest museum, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC). The celebration will now reach beyond Washington, D.C., to the City of Troy, New York as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus presents: A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture. On Saturday, Feb.

Cubic GaN LED Materials Breakthrough Creates New Opportunities for Higher Efficiency Full-Spectrum Lighting and Displays

Troy, N.Y. — A team of faculty and graduate students from the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA), headquartered at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the University of New Mexico (UNM) were recently awarded a U. S. patent titled “Growth of Cubic Crystalline Phase Structure on Silicon Substrates and Devices Comprising the Cubic Crystalline Phase.” Cubic gallium nitride (GaN) devices hold promise for addressing two long-standing issues that limit the performance of light emitting diodes (LEDs).

Nanomaterials Expert G. Ramanath Named Fellow of American Physical Society

Ganpati Ramanath, the John Tod Horton '52 Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). The APS Fellowship Program recognizes members who have made advances in physics through original research and publication or significant innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology.