MANE News and Events

Professor George Xu has been invited by Administrator Lisa Jackson of US Environmental Protection Agency to serve as a member of EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) Radiation Advisory Committee. The Radiation Advisory Committee is organized under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Committee member's scientific and technical expertise, experience and innovation play critical roles in the success of the EPA's approach to effective environmental protection.

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.

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.

Tracy Mack-Askew, vehicle line manager – Mack-Askew’s passion for science and math was sparked during a high school field trip to view a vehicle crash test. That experience led her to pursue an engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an engineering career at GM following graduation.

Institute News

The use of pressure to alter semiconductor properties is showing increasing promise in applications such as high-performance infrared sensors and energy conversion devices.
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.