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Jefferson Project Monitoring Harmful Algal Bloom on Skaneateles Lake

August 16, 2018 - Lake George, N.Y. – The world’s most advanced environmental monitoring system – developed through The Jefferson Project at Lake George – is being used to understand and protect Skaneateles Lake, a central New York drinking water source now threatened by toxic algae. Building on a connection through the New York State Harmful Algal Bloom (HABs) Initiative launched in late 2017, the Jefferson Project installed a custom-designed robotic sensing platform on Skaneateles, and began collecting data just prior to an early-August HABs event this year.

Stochasticity – Inherent Fluctuations in Materials Merit Exploration

August 1, 2018 - In a paper published in Applied Physics Reviews, a group of researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, pointing to four underlying causes of fluctuations that span materials, argue that so-called "stochasticity" is inherent to all materials and merits greater exploration as a field of study.

Chanaka Edirisinghe Named Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

July 2, 2018 - Chanaka Edirisinghe, the Kay and Jackson Tai ’72 Senior Professor in the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been named associate dean for academic affairs for Lally. The associate dean fulfills a leadership role in the overall management of the school in terms of academic, curricular, and human resource issues. Edirisinghe will oversee curriculum development, program design, and delivery, and will work with the faculty to plan, revise, and implement changes in undergraduate and graduate programs.

Granite Crystallizes at Temperature 200 Degrees Lower Than Previously Thought

June 27, 2018 - Evidence from rocks in Yosemite National Park suggests that granite stored in the Earth’s crust is partially molten at 500 degrees Celsius, nearly 200 degrees lower than had previously been believed.

Tracking Traffic in the Divided World of a Nerve Cell

February 20, 2018 - The split personality of a nerve cell illustrates a puzzle. Nerve cells are divided in two domains – the axon sends signals and the dendrites receive them

AIAA Announces 2018 Winners for Outstanding Educators and Literary Excellence in Aerospace Awards

February 8, 2018 - Troy, N.Y. — The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) recently honored recipients of the 2018 Educator Awards presented to several faculty, including rotorcraft and adaptive structures expert Farhan Gandhi, the Rosalind and John J. Redfern Jr. ’33 Professor of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

The Future of Today’s Electric Power Systems

December 18, 2017 - Troy, N.Y. — Energy and sustainability are among the grand challenges facing humanity. Faculty research in electric power engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has led to groundbreaking discoveries and innovative contributions in all aspects of generation, transmission, distribution, and utilization of electric energy. Especially today, the ongoing research contributions of three faculty in the broad electric power engineering program at Rensselaer has the potential to make power systems more resilient.

RPI SEC Cleans House in the World’s Biggest Student-Led Cybersecurity Games

December 13, 2017 - Rensselaer students took top prizes in the North American finals of the 14th annual New York University Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) games –the world’s largest and most comprehensive set of student-led security challenges. From an initial pool of more than 12,000 competitors in 98 countries, more than 400 students participated in CSAW final rounds held in five regional hubs worldwide, including New York. 

AAAS Announces 2017 Fellows

November 21, 2017 - Troy, N.Y. — A recognized global leader in chromatographic bioprocessing, Steven Cramer, the William Weightman Walker Professor of Polymer Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The tradition of AAAS fellows began in 1874. Election as a AAAS fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

Incoming Faculty Bring New Areas of Research to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

October 2, 2017 - Troy, N.Y. — From neuronal differentiation and protein trafficking in order to understand diseases such as Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s, ALS, and diabetes to spacecraft navigation, from advanced controls for manufacturing processes to research that focuses on the behavior of complex networks, and the dynamics of social, biological, and ecological networks.  Rensselaer is welcoming new experts in research as 19 professors join the faculty for the 2017-18 academic year.