MANE News and Events

More than $2 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy will strengthen nuclear research and education, and help develop the next generation of nuclear technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
The grants will support two research projects within the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Nuclear Engineering, fund improvements in laboratory space, and provide scholarships in nuclear engineering.

At the 2012 ANS Student Conference, held in Las Vegas Nevada by the UNLV ANS Student Section, seniors Joe Mancuso, Ryan Norval, and Matthew Riblett joined the ranks of RPI students past and present, having won their session in Accelerator Applications.

NASA research pilots Frank Batteas '77, who grew up in New York state and now lives in California, spent his college years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he earned a degree in nuclear engineering. Batteas spent 21 years in the Air Force before joining NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., as a test pilot. According to his entry on the NASA website, he has more than 8,000 hours of military and civilian flight time in a variety of aircraft. As a test pilot, Batteas has flown the KC-135, C-17, F/A-18, F-15, B-747 and DC-8.

At the recent School of Engineering Faculty Awards Dinner, Prof Bimal Malaviya received Teaching Excellence Award recognizing his exceptional contribution in his 47-year career at Rensselaer. Prof Emily Liu received Research Excellence Award in the junior faculty category. Profs George Xu and Peter Caracappa received the Team Research Award for their NIH-funded project “Virtual Patients” in collaboration with Prof Suvranu De. Congratulations!

Prof. George Xu is elected Vice Chair and Justin Vazquez, graduate student, is elected a member of Executive Committee of Radiation Protection & Shielding Division, American Nuclear Society.

Institute News

Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson is profiled in the MIT Technology Review article “The Remarkable Career of Shirley Ann Jackson,” published Dec. 19, 2017.   “Shirley Ann Jackson worked to help bring about more diversity at MIT, where she was the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate,” wrote author Amanda Schaffer. “She then applied her mix of vision and pragmatism in the lab, in Washington, and at the helm of a major research university.” Read the article here:  
Rensselaer alumnus Nambi Seshadri ’86 has been selected to receive the 2018 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, the highest honor conferred by IEEE in the field of communications and networking, for his “contributions to the theory and practice of wireless communications.”
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.
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.
Troy, N.Y. — Can you think about how and why we use water? Just ask the 12 elementary and middle school teams from the Capital Region that will compete in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Regional Qualifying Tournament on Dec. 16 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. More than 120 area students have been working together to use their imagination and creativity in combination with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to explore and solve a real-world human water cycle problem as their project.