Supporting the Development of Offshore Wind Power Plants

Troy, N.Y. — Offshore wind is becoming a reality in the United States, especially in the northeast states. To support this development, the Center for Future Energy System (CFES) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will present a webinar titled “Turbine and Transmission System Technologies for Offshore Wind (OSW) Power Plants.” The program will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. Advance registration is required.

Rensselaer Engineers Take To Flight

Amir Hirsa, professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering, and a group of undergraduate and graduate students recently returned from Sanford International Airport in Florida after completing an experiment in zero gravity.

“I couldn’t have asked for better people—smarter, more talented, harder-working, or more creative to work with. The ones that weren’t flying were working on their aerodynamics homework in the aircraft hangar,” said Hirsa.

AAAS Announces 2017 Fellows

Troy, N.Y. — A recognized global leader in chromatographic bioprocessing, Steven Cramer, the William Weightman Walker Professor of Polymer Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The tradition of AAAS fellows began in 1874. Election as a AAAS fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

The Future of Urban Farming

Troy, NY – Growing food year-round is not a new concept. Today, researchers are exploring a sustainable way to increase access to locally grown food, through urban farming, which fosters the growth or production of food in a city or heavily populated town or municipality.

Noninvasive Brain Imaging Shows Readiness of Trainees To Perform Operations

Troy, N.Y. — While simulation platforms have been used to train surgeons before they enter an actual operating room (OR), few studies have evaluated how well trainees transfer those skills from the simulator to the OR. Now, a study led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute that used noninvasive brain imaging to evaluate brain activity has found that simulator-trained medical students successfully transferred those skills to operating on cadavers and were faster than peers who had no simulator training.

Advancing Personalized Anti-Cancer Drugs

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Albany Medical Center are working together to develop three-dimensional bioprinting and imaging techniques that will generate and analyze tumor models in the laboratory, with the goal of accelerating the development and optimization of personalized anti-cancer drugs.

The joint research, supported by a $3.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, will help address fundamental issues in cancer research and treatment.

The Future of Automation and Robotics in New York State

Troy, N.Y. — Founded in 1988, the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has a long history of working with industry in programs encompassing applied research through manufacturing system design and pilot line development – so that they can grow and create jobs. This year, CATS will host the New York Automation and Robotics Conference on Monday, Oct. 23.

New Game App Fosters Understanding of the Molecular Nature of Our World

Gamers of all ages will be blown away by a new free app called My Molecularium, a fun, action-packed molecule building game. This fast-paced, free game app challenges players to build a wide variety of fascinating molecules, from H2O and vitamin C to caffeine and adrenalin.

My Molecularium is available for free at the Apple App Store or Google Play today. Or, you can access it here: http://molecularium.com/MyMolecularium.html