MANE News and Events

This week, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will co-host the 2012 Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC) Manufacturing Conference. Now in its sixth year, the event is attended by K-12 and university instructors from North America and aims to strengthen manufacturing education.

During the two weeks from June 11th to June 21st, graduate student Rian Bahran attended the Modeling Experimentation and Validation (MeV) School and Advanced Test Reactor National Scientific User Facility Users Week 2012 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Idaho National Laboratory.

Nanomaterials expert Nikhil Koratkar this week was named the John A. Clark and Edward T. Crossan Professor of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. An endowed professorship is among the highest honors bestowed on a Rensselaer faculty member.


The Supplier of the Year awards are based on quality, on-time delivery, post-delivery support, and cost and demonstrated ability to anticipate and respond to changing requirements.

Computational mechanics expert Suvranu De has been named the new head of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering (MANE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The appointment is effective June 1, 2012.

This past spring, two students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering (MANE) received AFOSR Young Investigator Awards for their work in the area of “Propellant-free Spacecraft Relative Maneuvering via Atmospheric Differential Drag” (Project duration: 04/15/2012-04/14/2015. Funding: US$333,991). Both students work with Prof. Riccardo Bevilacqua of MANE.

On Monday, April 9, 2012, Dr. Richard Lahey gave an inaugural lecture for the "Richard T. Lahey, Jr. Distinguish Lecture Series in Nuclear Engineering". The title of the lecture is "Technical Issues Associated with Light Water Reactor (LWR) Relicensing". The video can be viewed at the following link:

Rensselaer Radiation Measurement & Dosimetry Group (RRMDG), which is lead by Prof. X. George Xu, have been working on the virtual reality and motion capture systems for use with radiation dose analysis.

Institute News

TROY, N.Y. — Hidden within countless materials are valuable properties that will enable the next generation of technologies, like quantum computing and improved solar cells. At Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, researchers working at the intersection of materials science, chemical engineering, and physics are uncovering new and innovative ways to unlock those promising and useful abilities using light, temperature, pressure, or magnetic fields.
TROY, N.Y. — Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting more than 32.5 million adults in the United States. The key to preventing or even reversing its painful and debilitating effects may be uncovered through a better understanding of the biomechanics that influence a specific molecular component that is central to the body’s joints.
TROY, N.Y. — A widespread transition to solar energy will depend heavily on reliable, safe, and affordable technology like batteries for energy storage and solar cells for energy conversion. At Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, researchers are focused heavily on both parts of that equation.