MANE News and Events

A vast majority of American kids in the K-12 demographic are fascinated with Lego™ toys. A team of Rensselaer students led by Professor Johnson Samuel are leveraging this fascination, by promoting advanced manufacturing education/careers through designing a unique Lego™-based outreach module, centered on the concept of desktop micro-factories.

On April 22, 2013 five MANE faculty were recognized with School of Engineering Faculty Awards

Professor Peter F Caracappa has been awarded the prestigious Elda E. Anderson Award presented to a young member of the Health Physics Society to recognize excellence in (1) research or development, (2) discovery or invention, (3) devotion to health physics, and/or (4) significant contributions to the profession of health physics

On April 2, 2013 Dr. Farhan Gandhi, the Rosalind and John J. Redfern Jr. ’33 Professor of Engineering, was elected Technical Fellow of the American Helicopter Society. This award is reserved for members of the society with outstanding technical contributions to the vertical flight industry.

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.

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/

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

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.

Institute News

A paper published in Nature Communications by Sufei Shi, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, increases our understanding of how light interacts with atomically thin semiconductors and creates unique excitonic complex particles, multiple electrons, and holes strongly bound together. These particles possess a new quantum degree of freedom, called “valley spin.” The “valley spin” is similar to the spin of electrons, which has been extensively used in information storage such as hard drives and is also a promising candidate for quantum computing.
The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (EMPAC) will celebrate a decade of adventurous programming at the intersection of art, science, and technology, October 11-13, 2018. The celebration, 10 YEARS, will commemorate the opening of the landmark performing-arts/research center in 2008. Over the past decade EMPAC has commissioned, produced, and presented an internationally renowned lineup of cross-genre performances. The events will include newly commissioned productions by artists Maria Hassabi, Isabelle Pauwels, Yara Travieso, Wu Tsang and boychild, as well as performances by Formosa Quartet, International Contemporary Ensemble, Trajal Harrell, and more.
A recent paper authored published in Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders discussed a test that can predict with approximately 90 percent accuracy whether a pregnant mother has a 1.7 percent or a tenfold increased risk of having a child diagnosed with ASD.