Energy, Environment, and Smart Systems

Biocatalysis Expert Richard Gross Recognized for Economical Environmental Chemical Advances

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has recognized biocatalysis expert Richard Gross with the 2019 ACS Award for Affordable Green Chemistry, bestowed for outstanding scientific discoveries or chemistries that lay the foundation for cost-competitive environmentally friendly products or manufacturing processes that are less expensive than existing alternatives.

National Science Foundation Invests $1 Million To Improve Arctic Emergency Response

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded over $1 million to support research led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute that will create models to improve emergency response capabilities in the Arctic.

The Arctic waters have recently experienced longer ice-free seasons than ever before, resulting in an increase in tourism and industrial activity. These excursions can be up to 1,000 miles away from communities that have permanent emergency response infrastructure, such as Anchorage or the Aleutian Islands.

Schenectady company using modern STEM to take diapers back in time

SCHENECTADY - A Schenectady company is hoping to use STEM to take new parents back in time. Their vision is to go back to an age of cloth diapers. They say they have a better product than Pampers and Huggies. It's just going to take a little more engineering to get more babies into Tidy Tots.

The company is bold enough to say their cloth diapers are cleaner.

It's a three-piece design -- a cover, a booster and the liner. All are held onto your beautiful and waste-producing infant by a series of 22 snaps. The only problem is manufacturing them.

Glenn Saunders with the RPI Center for Automation Technology systems is working with Tidy Tots to semi-automate the process of installing those snaps. Hopefully, A $50,000 grant from not-for-profit FuzeHub pays for all of RPI's work.

Department of Energy Invests $64 Million in Advanced Nuclear Technology

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced nearly $64 million in awards for advanced nuclear energy technology to DOE national laboratories, industry, and 39 U.S. universities in 29 states. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been awarded $800,000 for analysis of nuclear power plants’ accident propagation and mitigation processes.
 

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Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America’s first technological research university. Rensselaer encompasses five schools, over 30 research centers, more than 140 academic programs including 25 new programs, and a dynamic community made up of over 6,800 students and 104,000 living alumni. Rensselaer faculty and alumni include upwards of 155 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. To learn more, please visit www.rpi.edu.