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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

Transforming Patient Health Care and Well-Being Through Lighting

February 12, 2018 - Troy, N.Y. —The world of health care is changing rapidly and there is increased interest in the role that light and lighting can play in improving health outcomes for patients and providing healthy work environments for staff, according to many researchers.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor’s Book Transforms the Innovation Talent Pipeline Through Organizational Design

February 8, 2018 - Gina Colarelli O'Connor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute associate dean for academic affairs and professor of marketing and innovation management at the Lally School of Management, has co-authored Beyond the Champion: Institutionalizing Innovation Through People.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor John Tichy Receives Donald Wilcock Distinguished Service Award

January 11, 2018 - Tribology expert John Tichy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering, has received the Donald Wilcock Distinguished Service Award from the Tribology Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Developing a “Living Lab” To Study Energy-Efficient Logistics

January 3, 2018 - Troy, N.Y. — The transportation sector is one of the largest consumers of energy. The energy consumption of the freight sector is growing faster than the overall sector, according to researchers. This is the case of light trucks and medium/heavy trucks that consume 32.1 percent and 22.7 percent of the energy consumed in the sector. To address this, energy agencies throughout the world have fostered the use of novel engine technologies and fuels, and improved fuel consumption standards.

Developing Next-Generation Sensing Technologies

December 18, 2017 - Troy, NY – Recently, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $20 million in funding for 15 projects that will develop a new class of sensor systems to enable significant energy savings via reduced demand for heating and cooling in residential and commercial buildings.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor Richard Siegel Elected to National Academy of Inventors

December 15, 2017 - Nanotechnology pioneer Richard W. Siegel, the Robert W. Hunt Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and founding director of the Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center, has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Supporting the Development of Offshore Wind Power Plants

December 14, 2017 - Troy, N.Y. — Offshore wind is becoming a reality in the United States, especially in the northeast states. To support this development, the Center for Future Energy System (CFES) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will present a webinar titled “Turbine and Transmission System Technologies for Offshore Wind (OSW) Power Plants.” The program will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. Advance registration is required.

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. 

More Than Meets the Eye: How Operational Risk Rocked the Financial Sector Foundation

December 6, 2017 - How banks respond to regulations and manage risk isn’t always what it seems. Research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) by Brian Clark, assistant professor of banking and corporate finance, with Alireza Ebrahim of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency studied this concept closely.  

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