MANE News and Events


Congratulations to the Rensselaer Rocket Society Ascendants who took 2nd place at the 2024 Spaceport America Cup in the 30k SRAD Solid Motor category. Their rocket reached Mach 1.8 and 30,569 ft with a 30,000 altitude goal, closest to the target altitude in completion. 


Read School of Engineering's story on the upcoming NASA Artemis II mission, lead by RPI School of Engineering Alumnus, Reid Wiseman '67; and how RPI engineers are helping out with taking a deep dive into the mission. 



Congratulations to Assistant Professor Fudong Han on being selected for an inaugural ARPA-E Inspiring Generations of New Innovators to Impact Technologies in Energy (IGNITE) Award. This program "is focused on early-career scientists and engineers converting disruptive ideas into impactful energy technologies." This award will support Professor Fudongs research in Critical Metal-Free, Conversion-Type Solid-State Batteries for Advanced Air Mobility.


Institute News

From lane-keep assistance to blind spot detection, today’s cars come equipped with autonomous driving features that make driving easier and safer. Rene Mai, a doctoral student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, imagines a world in which humans and machines complement each other’s strengths to do more together, a concept known as “symbiotic autonomy.”
Hunter Belanger ’18, ’19G, Ph.D., assistant professor in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering (MANE), is one of four researchers nationwide to receive a Department of Energy Distinguished Early Career Award.The five-year, $625,000 grant will fund Belanger’s research aimed at making nuclear power safer and more efficient, supporting state and national efforts to transition away from carbon-emitting energy sources. 
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) today announced two special honorands for its Bicentennial Commencement celebrations. Astronaut and Artemis II Commander Reid Wiseman ’97 will return to RPI as the Bicentennial Commencement Speaker, and Emily Warren Roebling, who led the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge to completion, will receive a posthumous honorary degree, the first to be awarded in the history of RPI.Reid Wiseman ’97
Six RPI students have been awarded fellowships from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).
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.
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?