New Perspectives on Old Problems

New Perspectives on Old Problems

By Reeve Hamilton

March 17, 2021

The latest episode of Why Not Change the World? The RPI Podcast features researchers who have come up with new ways of looking at — and improving — things that have been around for a long time.

In keeping with the breadth of the research being conducted at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the specific subjects explored in the episode — batteries and the stock market — could not be more different.

Thomas Shohfi, assistant professor of finance and accounting in the Lally School of Management, uses alternative data to gain insight on the stock market. For example, in the episode, he discusses how gender inequities in the corporate world manifest in earnings conference calls.

Nikhil Koratkar, professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering, is a leader in the effort to build a better battery. He talks about his pioneering work to make batteries better, greener, safe, and cheaper.

Listen now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, SoundCloud, TuneIn, or on Every Day Matters, the RPI research and discovery blog.


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