MANE News and Events


The MANE department’s Graduate Student Services Office held a poster session on Thursday, May 8th, where a number of Spring 2014 Master of Engineering graduates presented posters representing their research accomplishments.
A vast majority of American kids in the K-12 demographic are fascinated with Lego™ toys. A team of Rensselaer students led by Professor Johnson Samuel are leveraging this fascination, by promoting advanced manufacturing education/careers through designing a unique Lego™-based outreach module, centered on the concept of desktop micro-factories.

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

Institute News

TROY, N.Y. — From cell phones, to solar power, to electric cars, humanity is increasingly dependent on batteries. As demand for safe, efficient, and powerful energy storage continues to rise, so too does the call for promising alternatives to rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which have been the dominant technology in this space.
TROY, N.Y. — If new and promising semiconductor materials are to make it into our phones, computers, and other increasingly capable electronics, researchers must obtain greater control over how those materials function. In an article published today in Science Advances, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers detailed how they designed and synthesized a unique material with controllable capabilities that make it very promising for future electronics.
TROY, N.Y. — When Sergio Pequito thinks about the brain, he visualizes a piano. The keys represent different parts of the brain, and the pressure applied by the pianist’s fingers represents the outside stimuli that promote brain functions.
TROY, N.Y. — Farhan Gandhi, the Rosalind and John J. Redfern Jr. ’33 Endowed Chair in Aerospace Engineering, has been elected to the Class of 2020 Fellows of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He receives this honor for “pioneering research and academic leadership in the areas of reconfigurable vertical lift, advanced rotary-wing configurations, and adaptive aerospace structures.” He will be inducted during a ceremony on May 19, 2020, and further honored on May 20 at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala — both in Washington, D.C.
TROY, N.Y. — Methanol is a versatile and efficient chemical used as fuel in the production of countless products. Carbon dioxide (CO2), on the other hand, is a greenhouse gas that is the unwanted byproduct of many industrial processes.
TROY, N.Y. — Partha Dutta, a professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, envisions a not-so-distant future where even the most remote parts of the world would have access to clean and renewable energy. His vision wouldn’t require a large power grid or expensive technology. Instead, he believes it could be accomplished using simple mirrors, local resources, and the sun. “I call this ‘engineering for a better world,’ which means that you have to use affordable, accessible, and adequate resources,” Dutta said.
TROY, N.Y. — In an article published recently in Microgravity, a Nature journal, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute demonstrate a unique method for studying the mechanisms behind the formation of amyloid fibrils associated with diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Four experts in diverse aspects of artificial intelligence have joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as part of the Artificial Intelligence Research Collaboration (AIRC), a recently formed joint initiative of Rensselaer and IBM Research.
TROY, N.Y.  – Indigenous perspectives on the intersection of human rights and the environment will be the focus of a free public discussion featuring Sachem HawkStorm, chief of the Schaghticoke First Nations, and Kasike Roberto Múkaro Borrero, chief of the Guainía Taíno tribal community, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Wednesday, January 22.
TROY, N.Y. — Two-dimensional semiconductors, particularly those made of a class of material known as transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs), hold exciting potential for a range of current and future technologies, like solar cells, LED lights, and quantum computing. But the field is fairly new, and there is still much that is unknown.