MANE News and Events

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.


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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.

Professor George Xu has been elected to serve as a member of the International Advisory Board for Physics in Medicine and Biology – a leading journal on application of theoretical and applied physics to imaging, therapy, physiology and biology.

Institute News

TROY, N.Y. — When scientists and engineers discover new ways to optimize existing materials, it paves the way for innovations that make everything from our phones and computers to our medical equipment smaller, faster, and more efficient.
TROY, N.Y. — Magnetogenetics — the idea that you can use magnetic fields to control cells and activate cellular pathways — has immense potential in biomanufacturing, medicine, tissue regeneration, and biosensing. Despite its promise, the mechanism behind magnetogenetics remains largely unknown. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in partnership with researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, are setting out to solve that mystery with support from a National Science Foundation grant.
TROY, N.Y. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers antibiotic resistance one of the most urgent public health threats, one that affects communities worldwide. The ramifications of bacteria’s ability to become resistant to antibiotics can be seen in hospitals, public places, our food supply, and our water.