MANE News and Events

Daniel Walczyk, a Professor of mechanical engineering and Associate Director of Manufacturing with the CATS, has been awarded a 3-year, $352K NSF GOALI grant through the Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation to continue research and development on a patent-pending ‘out-of-autoclave’ process for consolidating and curing composite parts.

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.

The project entitled “Atomic-scale to Meso-scale Simulation Studies of Thermal Ageing and Irradiation Effects in Fe-Cr Alloys,” led by Professor Emily Liu, in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering (MANE), and her collaborators at Boston University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, receives Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) award from the Department of Energy (DOE).

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.

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.

Institute News

Liping Huang, professor of materials science and engineering, has been appointed associate dean for research and graduate programs for the School of Engineering at Rensselaer.
Troy, N.Y. —  A hypertonic grip expander for individuals with cerebral palsy and stroke patients, a chair for students on the autism spectrum, and an independent lifting device for quadriplegic individuals are the designs created by teams of undergraduate students from colleges and universities in the Northeast during the inaugural Engineering Innovation for Society (EIS—pronounced “ice”) student design competition.
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the Center for Communication Practices at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has announced a broader vision as well as a new name: the Center for Global Communication and Design, known informally as Comm+D. T
Troy, N.Y. —The world of health care is changing rapidly and there is increased interest in the role that light and lighting can play in improving health outcomes for patients and providing healthy work environments for staff, according to many researchers.
Kent Rapp ’19, a chemical and biological engineering major, has received a fellowship from the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) program. He has been studying genetic engineering, bioinformatics, and systems biology at the University of Rostock in Germany since October and began the final phase of the fellowship in January with Willpower Energy, a German startup that helps homeowners produce their own fuel from atmospheric carbon dioxide, water, and electricity.