MANE News and Events

Design Lab at Rensselaer
If you’re going to build for an aerospace engineer, you have to think like an aerospace engineer. That insight may be obvious but it’s not innate—which explains why many mechanical engineering students come to campus without it.
Reactor Critical Facility
60 Years Ago — On this day, August 26, 1956, the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) achieved the first critical self-sustained nuclear reaction at the Reactor Critical Facility (RCF) in Schenectady, NY.

Tyler Van Buren, obtained his Ph.D. in May 2013 under the direction of Professor Michael Amitay, Director of the Center for Flow Physics and Control (CeFPaC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  Tyler's research focused on delveloping sythetic jet actuators to achieve performance levels needed to take the actuator to full scale flight applications and achieving an understanding of the physics of the synthetic jet actuator flow field.

Summer @ Rensselaer

This week, July 25 - 29, 2016, faculty members, Michael Amitay, Professor and Director of the Center for Flow Physics and Control (CeFPaC), and Onkar Sahani, Assistant Professor from the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) host forty-six students from around the world at this years Aerospace Engineering Summer Program.

Engineering faculty members were honored with annual recognition awards at the School of Engineering 2015 Faculty Achievement Dinner, held May 12th at Revolution Hall in Troy.
 
The Classroom Excellence Awards were presented by Kurt Anderson, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, to Amir H. Hirsa, Professor of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering and to Patrick T. Underhill, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering.
 
The MANE department’s Graduate Student Services Office held a poster session on Thursday, May 8th, where a number of Spring 2014 Master of Engineering graduates presented posters representing their research accomplishments.

Institute News

An enzyme activated in diabetics has been found to cause previously aligned cells in a blood vessel to reverse their orientation, creating misalignments that allow veins and arteries to leak three times more blood proteins than normally constructed blood vessels.
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.
TROY, N.Y. —Students and faculty from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) were recently awarded an Editor’s Choice Blue Ribbon at the New York Maker Faire. Their research exhibit, a collaborative project between the university’s schools of Engineering and Architecture, focused on turning empty water bottles into shelters for disaster relief.