MANE News and Events

Tracy Mack-Askew, vehicle line manager – Mack-Askew’s passion for science and math was sparked during a high school field trip to view a vehicle crash test. That experience led her to pursue an engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an engineering career at GM following graduation.

Engineering Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Use Intentionally Blemished Graphene Paper To Create Easy-To-Make, Quick-Charging Lithium-ion Battery With High Power Density

Results of a study by Nikhil Koratkar and team were published this week by the journal ACS Nano in the paper “Photo-thermally reduced graphene as high power anodes for lithium ion batteries.”

RPI receives $150,000.00 award from DOE to enhance the Walthousen Reactor Critical Facility (RCF) for better service in research and education at the facility. This award will strengthen and build new research and teaching capabilities in experimental reactor physics, will better prepare our students as the next generation of industry leaders, and will allow us to continuously grow the R & D program.

For 126 years, Newport News Shipbuilding has carried on the legacy of American shipbuilding, designing and constructing some of the most famous aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines in American naval history. Recognizing the excellent quality of RPI’s nuclear engineering program, Newport News Shipbuilding has met with RPI faculty and are working jointly to develop a program that facilitates the recruitment of RPI’s students for summer and full-time employment opportunities. Mr. Kent F.

Daniel Walczyk, a Professor of mechanical engineering and Associate Director of Manufacturing with the CATS, has been awarded a 3-year, $352K NSF GOALI grant through the Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation to continue research and development on a patent-pending ‘out-of-autoclave’ process for consolidating and curing composite parts.

A team of researchers directed by Prof. Theodorian Borca-Tasciuc has demonstrated that the poor thermal conductivity of epoxies can be increased by more than one hundred times. The secret was to add metallic nanoparticles that self-assemble and then sinter together into tiny wires and local networks that span over distances much larger than the original diameter of the nanoparticles.

The project entitled “Atomic-scale to Meso-scale Simulation Studies of Thermal Ageing and Irradiation Effects in Fe-Cr Alloys,” led by Professor Emily Liu, in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering (MANE), and her collaborators at Boston University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, receives Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) award from the Department of Energy (DOE).

Institute News

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated inequities in urban freight and the delivery of goods. This misalignment in the supply chain is perpetuating food insecurity, especially in areas where grocery store access is limited or non-existent and for those who have limited access to e-commerce.
Heart disease and cancer are the leading causes of death in the United States, and it’s increasingly understood that they share common risk factors, including tobacco use, diet, blood pressure, and obesity. Thus, a diagnostic tool that could screen for cardiovascular disease while a patient is already being screened for cancer has the potential to expedite a diagnosis, accelerate treatment, and improve patient outcomes. 
The way that air moves over, around, or under an aircraft can greatly affect its aerodynamics. When air flow separates from the wings of a plane, for instance, the change in pressure on the vehicle can reduce pilot control or cause the aircraft to stall out. The development of more effective air flow control techniques depends on a better understanding of flow separation that occurs around aircraft of different shapes and sizes.