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

Triage care on the battlefield requires split-second decision-making and proficiency in providing first aid. Correctly applying a tourniquet or inserting an intubation tube before a patient is evacuated to a hospital could save lives. To improve training for the field medics responsible for this level of care, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will team up with researchers from the United States Army Research Laboratory in Orlando, Florida, to better understand skill acquisition and to standardize the prolonged field care (PFC) certification process.
Hudson Valley Community College has long been a pipeline for students to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and now those interested in starting their engineering degree at the SUNY community college and transferring to the prestigious four-year university can follow a newly-updated transfer agreement between the neighboring Troy institutions.
As cancer and tumor cells move inside the human body, they impart and are subject to mechanical forces. In order to understand how these actions affect cancer cell growth, spread, and invasion, a team of engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is developing new models that mimic aspects of the mechanical environment within the body, providing new insight into how and why tumors develop in certain ways.