Awards & Recognition

Five MANE Faculty Receive 2013 School of Engineering Faculty Awards

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

  • Catalin Picu - Teaching Award for Classroom Excellence
  • Emily Liu - Teaching Award for Education Innovation
  • Jie Lian - Research Excellence Award for Junior Faculty
  • Theodorian Borca-Tascuic - Outstanding Team Award
  • Kurt Anderson - Excellence in Assessment and Continual Improvement
Dr. Caracappa Awarded Elda E. Anderson Award by Health Phys. Society

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

Dr. George Xu is Invited to EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) Radiation Advisory Committee

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.

RPI Receives DOE Awards to Upgrade RCF

RPI receives $150,000.00 award from DOE to enhance the Walthousen Reactor Critical Facility (RCF) for better service in research and education at the facility. This award will strengthen and build new research and teaching capabilities in experimental reactor physics, will better prepare our students as the next generation of industry leaders, and will allow us to continuously grow the R & D program. Moreover, the laboratory will be configured to permit remote monitoring of the reactor for research and instructional purposes from faculty and students at partner institutions. A fully...

Professor Daniel Walczyk receives 3-year, $352K NSF grant for R&D in composites manufacturing

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. The project is entitled “GOALI: Consolidation and Curing of Advanced Composite Parts Using Elastomer-Coated Tooling.” He will be working with Kintz Plastics, Inc., a heavy-gauge plastics thermoforming company in Howes Cave, NY, and...

Nanomaterials Expert Nikhil Koratkar Named the John A. Clark and Edward T. Crossan Professor of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Nanomaterials expert Nikhil Koratkar this week was named the John A. Clark and Edward T. Crossan Professor of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. An endowed professorship is among the highest honors bestowed on a Rensselaer faculty member.

“Dr. Koratkar is conducting pioneering, high-impact work in graphene that is helping solidify the international reputation of Rensselaer in the field of nanomaterials. Nikhil is also an outstanding educator, adviser, and mentor who cares deeply about the success of his students,” said David Rosowsky, dean of the School of Engineering...

Boeing Names RPI “Supplier of the Year” Based on Research Conducted by Prof. Miki Amitay

The Supplier of the Year awards are based on quality, on-time delivery, post-delivery support, and cost and demonstrated ability to anticipate and respond to changing requirements. Boeing annually purchases more than $50 billion in goods and services from a global network of more than 28,000 suppliers that collectively employ more than 1.2 million people. RPI was selected as the supplier of the year in the technology category, based on the work of Prof. Amitay on Active Flow Control to enhance the performance of air vehicles. This year, only two universities were selected for this...

Nuclear Faculty receive RPI School of Engineering Awards

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. Xu Elected Vice Chair, Graduate Student Justin Vazquez Elected Executive Member of ANS

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.

Suvranu De to Lead Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Computational mechanics expert Suvranu De has been named the new head of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering (MANE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The appointment is effective June 1, 2012.

“Dr. De is a gifted scholar and outstanding educator. His vision for MANE is compelling and forward looking, and will help position the department to have an even greater impact in the years ahead,” said David Rosowsky, dean of the School of Engineering at Rensselaer. “Suvranu’s enthusiastic and ambitious leadership will help to propel this department upward,...

RPI Faculty Receives Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program Awards

The research of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to greatly extend knowledge about spacecraft/atmosphere interactions in Low Earth Orbits (LEO). This, in turn, will enable propellant-free multi-spacecraft missions, exploiting atmospheric Differential Drag (DD). In addition, it will provide a superior platform for onboard estimation of atmospheric neutral density. DD is a non-chemical, propellant-free new concept to generate relative control forces at LEO. This study will build the knowledge necessary for a new way to model and...

Dr. George Xu Appointed to International Advisory Board

Professor George Xu has been elected to serve as a member of the International Advisory Board for Physics in Medicine and Biology – a leading journal on application of theoretical and applied physics to imaging, therapy, physiology and biology.

Dr. Caracappa Awarded for Fukushima Response

Dr. Peter Caracappa has been recognized with a Presidential Citation by the American Nuclear Society for his contributions to the media response to the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan. Dr. Caracappa participated in interviews with numerous outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, AP, Reuters, Scientific American, PBS Newshour, and National Public Radio.

He has also been appointed to the ANS Special Committee on the Fukushima Accident sub-committee for radiation and health effects.

Graduate Student Wins Fuel Cycle Innovations Award

Graduate Student Nicholas Thompson, a recent alumnus of the Nuclear Engineering Program at RPI currently pursuing his masters degree, was recently awarded First Place in the Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards Program in the Nuclear Material Accountability and Control Instrumentation division of the Open Competition.

This marks the second year that the Awards program has recognized student research in the area of Fuel Cycle Research. In addition to cash awards, winning students will have a variety of other opportunities including participating in an Innovators' Forum and...

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