Highlights

MANE Undergraduate Student Grace Tilton receives the Barry Goldwater Scholarship

Grace V. Tilton, a MANE undergraduate student working with Professor Riccardo Bevilacqua, received the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship in March 2013. She is one of only 71 engineering majors in the country to receive this award this year.

Nanotechnology and Computer Modeling Can Lead to Safer Air Travel

Professor Antoinette Maniatty on how nanotechnology and computer modeling can lead to safer air travel: http://approach.rpi.edu/2012/04/09/metal-fatigue-and-you/

Institute Launches Center for Flow Physics and Control

New Research Center To Tackle Critical Challenges Related to Aircraft Design, Wind Energy, Smart Buildings

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute today announced the new Center for Flow Physics and Control (CeFPaC) within the School of Engineering.

The interdisciplinary research center seeks to answer fundamental questions and innovate new application-driven solutions for performance enhancement of fluid systems. From designing smarter blades for wind turbines to developing new techniques for reducing aircraft drag, CeFPaC is poised to make an important impact in the rapidly...

Manufacturing Spare Body Parts for Surgeons To Practice On Before Tricky Procedures

Imagine this: A soldier with a gunshot wound arrives in a battleground hospital and undergoes X-rays and CT scans to determine the full extent of the damage. The attending surgeon inputs the scans into a computer, which uses the data to create an ultra-realistic 3-D model of the injury site. The surgeon then hits “print” and within a few minutes is holding a near-perfect, full-size replica of the injured area—whether it’s a shoulder, a thigh, a head, or an internal organ.

The surgeon performs a practice surgery on the model, to determine the best strategy and technique for...

Rotorcraft Expert Farhan Gandhi Joins Rensselaer as Redfern Professor of Engineering

New Tenured Professor Known Internationally for Research on Morphing Helicopters, Advanced Configurations, and Adaptive Cellular Structures.

Rotorcraft and adaptive structures expert Farhan Gandhi recently joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as the Rosalind and John J. Redfern Jr. ’33 Professor of Engineering. He is a tenured full professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering.

“Dr. Gandhi is an international leader in the areas of morphing helicopters and adaptive cellular structures, and we are very excited he has joined our aerospace...

Batteries Made From World’s Thinnest Material Could Power Tomorrow’s Electric Cars

Engineering Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Use Intentionally Blemished Graphene Paper To Create Easy-To-Make, Quick-Charging Lithium-ion Battery With High Power Density

Engineering researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute made a sheet of paper from the world’s thinnest material, graphene, and then zapped the paper with a laser or camera flash to blemish it with countless cracks, pores, and other imperfections. The result is a graphene anode material that can be charged or discharged 10 times faster than conventional graphite anodes used in today’s lithium (Li...

Self-constructed nanostructured metallic networks enable high thermal conductivity in epoxy composites

A team of researchers directed by Prof. Theodorian Borca-Tasciuc has demonstrated that the poor thermal conductivity of epoxies can be increased by more than one hundred times. The secret was to add metallic nanoparticles that self-assemble and then sinter together into tiny wires and local networks that span over distances much larger than the original diameter of the nanoparticles.

“High thermal conductivity composites are critical for applications where thermal management plays a major role, such as thermal energy storage systems, solar power generation systems, LED...

Rensselaer Co-Hosts Manufacturing Education Conference

This week, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will co-host the 2012 Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC) Manufacturing Conference. Now in its sixth year, the event is attended by K-12 and university instructors from North America and aims to strengthen manufacturing education.

“Today’s students at Rensselaer go on to become tomorrow’s technological leaders and pioneers. Taking courses on manufacturing and training on leading-edge manufacturing machinery affords them the opportunity to see how things are made and, in turn, makes them better engineers and leaders,” said Sam Chiappone...

Graduate Student Rian Bahran Attends MeV School at ORNL and INL

During the two weeks from June 11th to June 21st, graduate student Rian Bahran attended the Modeling Experimentation and Validation (MeV) School and Advanced Test Reactor National Scientific User Facility Users Week 2012 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Idaho National Laboratory.

The MeV School is intended for researchers from early career professionals from industry, national laboratories, and students, faculty, and post-docs from universities interested in materials, fuels, post-irradiation examination, modeling, and reactor-based technology development.

The primary...

Dr. Richard T. Lahey, Jr. Gave Inaugural Lecture

On Monday, April 9, 2012, Dr. Richard Lahey gave an inaugural lecture for the "Richard T. Lahey, Jr. Distinguish Lecture Series in Nuclear Engineering". The title of the lecture is "Technical Issues Associated with Light Water Reactor (LWR) Relicensing". The video can be viewed at the following link: http://mediasite.itops.rpi.edu/Mediasite5/Viewer/?peid=99c7aa39672b485da...

Dr. Richard T. Lahey, Jr., is an emeritus professor of nuclear engineering at Rensselaer. He is an...

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