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April 9, 2012
How can nanotechnology and computer modeling lead to safer air travel? Mechanical engineering professor Antoinette Maniatty tackled this topic in her recent Academic Minute, which aired last week on NPR affiliates all across the country. Listen to the excellent 90-second piece here. The local NPR affiliate, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, launched its Academic Minute segment [...]
Metal Fatigue and You
April 3, 2012
(Alex Giordano is a senior mechanical engineering major and shop manager for the Rensselaer Formula SAE student team. He wrote this excellent post for The Approach to talk about the yesterday’s event where the club unveiled its 2012 race car, which you can see above and below. Every year the club builds a new car [...]
Guest Blogger: Alex Giordano
March 26, 2012
Health reporter Benita Zahn from the local NBC affiliate visited our own Eric Ledet recently to talk about his biomedical engineering research. Professor Ledet created an implantable sensor that can wirelessly transmit data from within the body. The sensors, made from tiny little coils of wire, can be implanted in an orthopedic surgery site. Once [...]
March 13, 2012
(A group of Rensselaer architecture students are putting their education to work in the annual CANstruction competition to benefit local food pantries. Fourth-year architecture student Tyler Hopf wrote this post explaining the students’ goal and asking for your support. The above image shows one of the entries from last year’s event.) Each year, CANstruction—a non-profit [...]
Guest Blogger: Tyler Hopf
March 9, 2012
Since my early days studying complex organic molecules in college to today as I sort through myriad sources of information on news websites, blogs, and elsewhere,  I have often forced myself to step back and examine the “big picture” to obtain a better understanding of an important topic. A recent lecture on climate change here [...]

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