MANE News and Events

(left) John A. Clark and Edward T. Crossan Chair Professor, Nikhil Koratkar with Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs School of Engineering, Matthew Oehlschlaeger
The future of hypersonic flight may depend on nanoparticles in fuel—and getting them to behave
Design Lab at Rensselaer
If you’re going to build for an aerospace engineer, you have to think like an aerospace engineer. That insight may be obvious but it’s not innate—which explains why many mechanical engineering students come to campus without it.
Reactor Critical Facility
60 Years Ago — On this day, August 26, 1956, the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) achieved the first critical self-sustained nuclear reaction at the Reactor Critical Facility (RCF) in Schenectady, NY.

Tyler Van Buren, obtained his Ph.D. in May 2013 under the direction of Professor Michael Amitay, Director of the Center for Flow Physics and Control (CeFPaC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  Tyler's research focused on delveloping sythetic jet actuators to achieve performance levels needed to take the actuator to full scale flight applications and achieving an understanding of the physics of the synthetic jet actuator flow field.

Summer @ Rensselaer

This week, July 25 - 29, 2016, faculty members, Michael Amitay, Professor and Director of the Center for Flow Physics and Control (CeFPaC), and Onkar Sahani, Assistant Professor from the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) host forty-six students from around the world at this years Aerospace Engineering Summer Program.

Engineering faculty members were honored with annual recognition awards at the School of Engineering 2015 Faculty Achievement Dinner, held May 12th at Revolution Hall in Troy.
 
The Classroom Excellence Awards were presented by Kurt Anderson, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, to Amir H. Hirsa, Professor of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering and to Patrick T. Underhill, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering.
 

Institute News

An innovative testing platform that more closely mimics what cancer encounters in the body may allow for more precise, personalized therapies by enabling the rapid study of multiple therapeutic combinations against tumor cells. The platform, which uses a three-dimensional environment to more closely mirror a tumor microenvironment, is demonstrated in research published in Communications Biology.
A number of vulnerabilities, known collectively as deep learning adversaries, hold artificial intelligence (AI) back from its full potential in applications like improving medical imaging quality and computer-aided diagnosis.
Accurate predictive simulations of the electrochemical reactions that power solar fuel generators, fuel cells, and batteries could advance these technologies through improved material design, and by preventing detrimental electrochemical processes, such as corrosion. However, electrochemical reactions are so complex that current computational tools can only model a fraction of all relevant factors at one time — with limited accuracy. This leaves researchers reliant on the trial and error of significant and expensive experimentation.