MANE News and Events


RPI MANE Assistant Professor Hunter Belanger has won the Department of Energy FY2024 Distinguished Early Career Award. Hunter is one of 4 faculty nationwide to win this award in FY2024. This award will support Hunter's Research in Development of Computational Methods for Neutron Noise Analysis: Improving Modeling and Understanding of Perturbations in Light Water Reactors.


Congratulations Hunter!



Congratulations MANE graduate student Rene Mai who has received an award from the Link Foundation Fellowship. Rene recieved the Modeling Simulation and Training Fellowship, which is awarded annually to six (6) students around the country since it was established in 1991. The Link Foundation supports doctoral fellowships in the areas of Simulation, Ocean Engineering, and Energy. The Link Foundation also supports programs to grow the practical knowledge and application of energy, simulation, and ocean engineering as well as instrumental research.


MANE Department Head Antoinette Maniatty was honored for RPI's Womens History Month. Antoinette is an esteemed RPI alumna, gradutating in 1987 with highest honors in Mechanical Engineering. She then went on to complete to M.S degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and Cornell University, followed by a Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1991. She returned to RPI in 1992 in her role of Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor, and made history by being one of the first four women to be awarded a Luce fellowship by the Luce Foundation in 1992.

Institute News

From computer chips and pharmaceuticals to batteries and airplanes, our world runs on manufactured goods and products. However, most people rarely think about how these things get made — not to mention the technology and engineering that goes into making them at scale. 
The RPI team is working toward a big dream: a rocket that reaches well beyond the Kármán Line — the point 330,000 feet above sea level that marks the end of Earth’s atmosphere and the beginning of outer space.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute doctoral student Emily de Stefanis is one of 60 recipients of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) award. The SCGSR program places students with mentors at DOE national labs, where students learn from top experts in their field and conduct research in state-of-the-art facilities.De Stefanis will spend 2024 at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico working on her research with experts in the field of nuclear materials. 
This all-day event will include speakers, presentations and lab tours highlighting how New York’s Capital Region is advancing technology. Please register online.  When October 25, 2023 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Where Heffner Alumni House 1301 Peoples Ave. Troy, NY 12180
Above: South pole of the moon. NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio Sandeep Singh, assistant professor of mechanical, aerospace and nuclear engineering, answers questions about the significance of landing on the moon’s south pole and how his lab is tackling some of the challenges associated with traveling between the Earth and moon. What is significant about the recent Indian and Russian lunar missions to the south pole of the moon?
Our lives are filled with smart devices - phones, rings, thermostats, speakers, doorbells, and more. But have you ever heard of smart manufacturing?
Jie Lian, Ph.D., has been named the William Weightman Walker Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). An endowed chaired professorship is among the highest honors bestowed on a Rensselaer faculty member.  
— The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced $26 million in funding geographically and institutionally diverse awardees, including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), who will engage with additional partners and communities to further the conversation around consolidated interim storage of spent nuclear fuel.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) researchers Amir Hirsa, professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering, and Patrick Underhill, professor of chemical and biological engineering, have received a new three-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for $452,847 to study the physics of protein solutions using the ring-sheared drop module aboard the International Space Station.
Tribology expert John Tichy, professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering, recently participated in the fourth edition of the African Conference in Tribology (ACT 2023) in Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire.