The Approach Blog

November 7, 2022

This academic year, Rensselaer’s Information Technology and Web Science Program (ITWS) will host a series of panel discussions on Women in Tech. Students will learn from successful alumnae about what it takes to succeed in a male-dominated industry.

October 26, 2022

Air taxi designed for passengers with reduced mobility

A team of Rensselaer graduate students recently took home the top honors at the 39th Annual Student Design Competition of the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) for their “Oliwhoper,” an air taxi designed for passengers with reduced mobility (PRM).

Accessible air taxi
October 21, 2022

Recently, Rensselaer’s Talk Without Borders student group visited the Brighter Choice Charter School for Girls. Talk Without Borders is an enrichment program, sponsored by the Mueller Center at Rensselaer, that brings together students of all nationalities for volunteer projects that celebrate diversity. 

Talk Without Borders
October 20, 2022

Dr. Juergen Hahn, Professor and Department Head for Biomedical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been elected leader of the Biomedical Engineering Society’s (BMES) Council of Chairs for 2023. BMES consists of the department heads/department chairs of all BME departments across the nation. This appointment follows Dr. Hahn being named a BMES Fellow in early September. The Biomedical Engineering Society is the professional society for biomedical engineering and bioengineering. Founded in 1968, the Society now includes over 5,000 members.

Jeurgen Hahn
October 19, 2022

Dr. Yinan Wang, Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been selected as a Panel Fellow in the 2023 cohort of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of CMMI Game Changer Academies for Advancing Research Innovation (CGCA). The annual program hosted by the NSF aims to improve group dynamics during panel discussions, increase awareness of bias and identity, and enhance understanding of high-risk, high-reward ideas. Once trained, Panel Fellows will contribute to ensure that proposals are evaluated in a fair, competitive, transparent, and in-depth manner. Dr.

Yinan Wang



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