Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Welcomes New Astronomy Faculty

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students interested in exploring the cosmos and learning about the universe’s origins have two new faculty members with whom to learn and conduct research. This year, Rensselaer’s Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy welcomed Yong Zheng, Ph.D., and Victor Robles, Ph.D., as assistant professors.

Economics Expert Liad Wagman Named Dean of RPI’s Lally School of Management

Following a national search, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) has appointed Liad Wagman, Ph.D., Dean of the Stuart School of Business at Illinois Institute of Technology, as Dean of the Lally School of Management, effective June 1, 2024. Wagman is also Professor of Economics and the John and Mae Calamos Dean Endowed Chair at the Stuart School of Business, with an affiliate professor appointment at Illinois Tech’s Lewis College of Science and Letters.

Rensselaer Doctoral Student Conducting Research at Los Alamos National Lab

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute doctoral student Emily de Stefanis is one of 60 recipients of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) award. The SCGSR program places students with mentors at DOE national labs, where students learn from top experts in their field and conduct research in state-of-the-art facilities.De Stefanis will spend 2024 at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico working on her research with experts in the field of nuclear materials. 

Online Reviews: Filter the Fraud, But Don’t Tell Us How

When you try a new restaurant or book a hotel, do you consider the online reviews? Do you submit online reviews yourself? Do you pay attention if they are filtered and moderated? Does that impact your own online review submissions? A research team comprising of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s T. Ravichandran, Ph.D., professor in the Lally School of Management, and Jason Kuruzovich, Ph.D., associate professor in the Lally School of Management; and Lianlian Jiang, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, examined these questions in recently published research.

RPI To Host 25th Annual Black Families Technology Awareness Day on February 3

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) will hold its 25th annual Black Families Technology Awareness Day on Saturday, February 3, at 9 a.m. The event, free and open to the public, is designed to introduce historically underrepresented students in grades K-12, their families, and educators to educational and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

CASE Doctoral Student To Conduct Fellowship at Berkeley Lab

Jihoon Chung, a doctoral candidate in the Built Ecologies program at the Center for Architecture, Science, and Ecology (CASE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will spend the next eight months conducting research at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). There, Chung will study under the tutelage of Tianzhen Hong who is leading an occupant behavior research project as a principal investigator (PI) at LBNL to integrate occupant behavior models and tools with building performance simulation.

Rensselaer Researcher Helps Scientists Make Sense of Vast Amounts of Molecular Data

Thanks to technological advances, scientists have access to vast amounts of data, but in order to put it to work and draw conclusions, they need to be able to process it. In research recently published in Genome Biology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Boleslaw Szymanski, Ph.D., Claire and Roland Schmitt Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and director of the Network Science and Technology Center, and team have found a method that effectively organizes and groups the data for a variety of applications. The process is referred to as clustering in machine learning.

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