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The Approach Blog

January 27, 2014
On Lake George, from the deck of the survey ship Mintaka, the threat to boats cruising past Shelving Rock near The Narrows is apparent in high resolution detail. Lurking beneath the water, where charts indicate consistent (if shallow) water, are intermittent formations of jagged hull-ripping rock ledge. Although the educated boater would be warned from […]
A Sonar Tour of Lake George
January 21, 2014
(Rensselaer civil engineering doctoral student Jingjing Tian iwrote this post about her experience at a huge shake-table experiment she and her adviser, Professor Michael Symans, attended last year. They are part of a multi-university research project dedicated to making buildings more resilient to earthquakes.) A full-scale, multi-story wood-framed building with soft ground story was constructed […]
Guest Blogger Jingjing Tian: Whole Lotta Shaking Going On
December 20, 2013
Nuclear engineering expert Emily Liu is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer. We ask Emily about her work: Q: Your research is fascinating! It spans from nanomaterials, to radiation damage, to nuclear threat detection. What is the overall problem you are trying to solve? A: My research targets a […]
3° with with Emily Liu
December 13, 2013
If you wanted to learn to speak Chinese – really speak Chinese at a level that allowed you to converse with native speakers at a high level and conduct business in China – you’d have to go to China, right? Not necessarily, thanks to the work of some Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professors. They’re working to […]
Studying Chinese in Beijing, by way of Rensselaer
December 10, 2013
(Photo: John Killings / Rensselaer Union) The princesses on campus last weekend weren’t waiting around in a tower to be rescued by a prince. They weren’t tripping over their own glass slippers on the way home from a fancy ball. And they certainly weren’t sleeping, waiting for a magical kiss to wake them. These princesses — […]
A New Kind of Princess



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