MANE News and Events


At the 2012 ANS Student Conference, held in Las Vegas Nevada by the UNLV ANS Student Section, seniors Joe Mancuso, Ryan Norval, and Matthew Riblett joined the ranks of RPI students past and present, having won their session in Accelerator Applications.

NASA research pilots Frank Batteas '77, who grew up in New York state and now lives in California, spent his college years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he earned a degree in nuclear engineering. Batteas spent 21 years in the Air Force before joining NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., as a test pilot. According to his entry on the NASA website, he has more than 8,000 hours of military and civilian flight time in a variety of aircraft. As a test pilot, Batteas has flown the KC-135, C-17, F/A-18, F-15, B-747 and DC-8.

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!

Institute News

TROY, N.Y. – Millions of dollars are spent fortifying dams to withstand earthquakes — but it may not be necessary.  New research being conducted at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is examining whether or not that spending actually contributes to public safety. “The Army Corps of Engineers has spent hundreds of millions of dollars retrofitting some dams which may not need to be retrofitted,” said Tarek Abdoun, a chaired professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rensselaer who is leading this research with support from the National Science Foundation.
TROY, N.Y. — The lives of people with Type 1 diabetes could be significantly enhanced through algorithms that connect glucose monitors and insulin pumps to automatically regulate blood glucose to healthy levels, in the same fashion that cruise control in an automobile regulates speed.
TROY, N.Y. — According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. It’s both the second most common cancer and second most common cause of cancer death in American men. Early detection is critical and can increase a man’s chances of survival.   
TROY, N.Y. — How can communities better mitigate the risks of natural disasters? How can health care be delivered effectively and efficiently? How can small businesses work with other entities to save money and time, in the delivery of services? The answers to such questions, which are sure to be faced by future leaders, will be found more easily through the use of data and mathematical models.
TROY, N.Y. – Increasing the forward speed of helicopters has the potential to save lives by expediting access to medical care. The Center for Flow Physics and Control (CeFPaC) and the Center for Mobility with Vertical Lift (MOVE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are partnering to address this challenge, with the support of grants from the Army Research Office and the Israeli Ministry of Defense.
TROY, NY—Inter-lab collaboration between the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is paving the way for a greener and more resilient power grid – and attracting interest from businesses and government in the process.
TROY, N.Y. – A unique experiment seeking to learn more about the mechanics of diseases like diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s will soon be conducted in space, and is being led by a research team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 
The Class of 2023, currently preparing to begin the next stage of their academic careers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, represents the strongest academic incoming class in Institute history and also includes a record number of underrepresented students. The class average on the SAT was 1411 based on the 1600 scale. Ten students had perfect ACT scores. The high-achieving group of 1,750 enrolled students includes 78 valedictorians or salutatorians of their high school graduating class. Approximately 64% ranked in the top 10% of their class.
Professor Emeritus Michael I. Savic, age 89, died in Atlanta, Georgia on June 24, 2019. He was born in Belgrade, Serbia, and immigrated to the United States in 1967. Dr. Savic received a Dr. Eng. Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1965. He was principal investigator on 32 major projects, mainly in areas of industrial and biomedical electronics, and in signal processing. He published over 79 professional papers, and was granted eight patents; 220 citations of his work were published in literature.
TROY, N.Y. — Imagine you are heading to the grocery store and receive a phone alert asking if you’d also be willing to bring your neighbor’s groceries home. Or you are on your way to a concert and see you could fill the seats of your car—and your wallet—if you picked up a few other music fans along the way. As the supplier in these scenarios, you have the choice of which services you provide and when. This may very well be the way commerce is headed.