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July 9, 2019

As part of the inaugural class participating in full implementation of The Arch at Rensselaer, rising junior Jack Zhu, a physics and chemistry dual major with a concentration in materials science, is well into the summer semester. In preparation for his fall 2019 semester away, Zhu has already secured an internship abroad at ASML in Eindhoven, Netherlands.


Founded in 1984, ASML provides leading chipmakers, like Intel, Samsung, and GlobalFoundries, with the tools they need to mass produce patterns on silicon. With R&D and manufacturing locations in the Netherlands, United States, China, Taiwan, and Korea, ASML has more than 23,000 employees in offices throughout 60 cities and 16 countries.

Portrait of Jack Zhu
June 27, 2019

A rover built by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students took third place in the Design Competition at the 27th annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC), and won the Rookie of the Year award. The Rensselaer Rock Raiders team includes students from the School of Science and School of Engineering, and has been competing since 2014, when the team entered the NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge.

June 26, 2019

Engineers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are about to start work on two large-scale collaborative projects aimed at increasing competitiveness and sustainability in steel and industrial gas manufacturing.

June 12, 2019

A research article written by a team including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor Doug Swank has been chosen for APSselect, a collection showcasing some of the best recently published physiological research. Swank, an expert in muscle protein and contraction, is a professor of biological sciences and member of the Rensselaer Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies.

June 11, 2019

A team of students from the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer recently won a Best Performance Award for their performance during the second half of the Chicago Quantitative Alliance (CQA) Investment Challenge, an equity portfolio management competition.


The competition, held annually, challenges students to build and manage a portfolio under strict constraints, such as keeping it market neutral. With the support of a CQA mentor, students practice various investment strategies and make adjustments to their portfolios based on market conditions throughout the course of several months.

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