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July 18, 2019

Juergen Hahn, head of the department of biomedical engineering at Rensselaer, has recently been named 2019-2021 Computing & Systems Technology Division Director for AIChE, a professional organization for chemical engineers.

July 18, 2019

Leo Wan, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Rensselaer, collaborated on cardiac cell research recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.   


The study, led by a developmental biologist at Albany Medical Center, investigated molecular mechanisms of cardiac cell orientation and the significance of that process in early heart development. 

July 18, 2019

Shekhar Garde, dean of the School of Engineering at Rensselaer, recently received the 2019 BMM Award in Science, Technology, Education and Research.


Bruhan Maharashtra Mandal (BMM) is a non-profit organization in North America aimed at preserving and promoting the Marathi culture from Maharashtra, a western state in India.


Every other year, BMM organizes a convention in North America. There it recognizes members of the Marathi community “for their outstanding personal achievements and contributions to society.”


This year’s conference was held in Dallas, Texas.

July 18, 2019

Chanaka Edirisinghe has been appointed acting dean of the Lally School of Management, and also will serve as a member of the Deans' Council.



Edirisinghe currently serves as the associate dean for academic affairs, the Kay and Jackson Tai ’72 Chair, and as professor of quantitative finance. He is a recognized leader in the areas of finance, quantitative finance, and management science. He joined the Rensselaer faculty in August 2014 from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, where he served as professor, Ph.D. director of the management science program, and director of the Financial Engineering Research Laboratory at the College of Business. 


July 10, 2019

With strong ties to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute community, alumnus Richard Lotti ’78, MBA ’79, has recruited more than 40 Rensselaer students for a variety of Co-op positions at top-tier companies throughout California. Lotti’s passion continues through his partnership with The Arch program and his appointment to the Rensselaer Silicon Valley Executive Council.

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