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For the second year in a row, Rensselaer has been named a finalist in the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) College Game Competition. The nominated game, Grave Shadows, was created this spring by students enrolled in a game development course taught by Rebekah Arcovitch, lecturer in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Rensselaer.
Grave Shadows follows Colton Graves, a private investigator and former cop, who, after suffering a terrible accident, is stuck between life and death with a new ability to merge into shadows. The game’s developers include Rensselaer students Jordan Faas-Bush, Grant Doney, Eric Franco, Simon Hopkins, Amy Schumacher, and Zack Schwartz.
Video games represent one of the largest and fastest-growing entertainment industries in the world. Newzoo analysts predicted that gamers across the globe would spend $137.9 billion on games in 2018. Beyond games, today’s interactive technology also helps shape how young people learn, drives national defense strategies via computer simulations, and assists training efforts in biomedicine, physical fitness, anti-terrorism, and much more.
The highly regarded Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a leader in games studies and rankings released recently by Animation Career Review support that: The program was ranked No. 13 nationally on the list of top game design programs in the United States and No. 11 nationally among schools offering a bachelor of science degree in game design.
Civil and environmental engineers from across the globe will be invited to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on June 4 as Rensselaer continues to play an active role in innovative Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) research.
The events Rensselaer is hosting are part of the Second International Interactive Symposium on Ultra-High Performance Concrete, which is being held in Albany, June 2-5, 2019. UHPC is a highly durable, efficient, and strong form of concrete that has become a significant focus of research, said Mohammed Alnaggar, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rensselaer.
With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development, a team of researchers including Kevin Rose, assistant professor of biological sciences, will study the water resources of the Limpopo River Basin in southern Africa, considered one of the most biodiverse natural areas on the planet.
Jian Shi, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, is the 2019 winner of the Alfred H. Geisler Memorial Award.
The award, given by the Eastern New York Chapter of ASM International, “recognizes an outstanding young materials scientist/engineer” from the chapter who has made significant contributions to the fields of education, research, or manufacturing, before the age of 40.
ASM International is the world’s largest association of metals-centric materials engineers and scientists. According to the organization, it has more than 30,000 members across the globe.
About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America’s first technological research university. Rensselaer encompasses five schools, 32 research centers, more than 145 academic programs, and a dynamic community made up of more than 7,900 students and more than 100,000 living alumni. Rensselaer faculty and alumni include more than 145 National Academy members, six members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six National Medal of Technology winners, five National Medal of Science winners, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With nearly 200 years of experience advancing scientific and technological knowledge, Rensselaer remains focused on addressing global challenges with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration.