Articles in Academics

Geert Lovink, Founding Director of the Institute of Network Cultures, Internationally Renowned Media Theorist and Internet Critic, to Speak at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Vollmer Fries Lecture Series Hosted by School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences April 1

Lovink Geert

Internationally renowned Dutch-Australian media theorist, Internet critic, and founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures, Geert Lovink, will speak at Rensselaer on Wednesday, April 1. Lovink’s talk, titled “Critical Internet Cultures after Snowden,” is part of the Vollmer Fries Lecture Series hosted by the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS). The lecture… Read More

Admiral Michelle Howard, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, To Address Rensselaer Graduates at 209th Commencement

Additional Commencement honorands include Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Craig Mundie, and David M. Rubenstein

Admiral Howard

Admiral Michelle Howard, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, will address graduates on May 30 at the 209th Commencement Ceremony of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Howard will receive an honorary degree at the ceremony, along with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Craig Mundie, and David M. Rubenstein. “Each of our 2015 honorands—Admiral Michelle Howard; filmmaker, cultural critic, and… Read More

Astronomy and Art Intersect in The Color Out of Space, a Unique Collaboration Between EMPAC and the Hirsch Observatory

Two-part art installation to be presented on campus Saturdays in March

Hirsch Observatory

“We see the universe in a very funny way,” Rensselaer physicist Heidi Newberg says. Her voice is broadcast from a small projection house across 8th Street from the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) and might as well be describing the line of spectators bundled up on a chilly March evening,… Read More

John Tichy Receives Hersey Award for the Advancement of Science and Engineering of Tribology

Mayo D. Hersey Award honors distinguished contributions to lubrication science and technology

John Tichy

John Tichy, professor and former head of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering, has received the Mayo D. Hersey Award from the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME). This award, presented annually since 1965 by the ASME, recognizes distinguished and continued contributions related to lubrication science and engineering in the name of Mayo… Read More

Rensselaer Hosting New York Tech Valley Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition March 19-21

1,800 students will compete in this year’s FIRST competition, a recycling-themed game played by robots

It’s all about robots, 3,000 pounds of metal, gears and electronics, and recycling. Get ready to see the ultimate display of science, mathematics, and technology in action as 36 teams of high school students put their robots to the test and compete in New York Tech Valley FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and… Read More

Rensselaer Team Wins NSF Grant To Develop Geo Explorer Game for Geotechnical Site Investigations

Mixed-reality game will enable students to conduct virtual site inspections

Geo Explorers

The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year $650,000 grant to two Rensselaer professors to develop Geo Explorer, a game that will allow engineering students to inspect, design, and test flood protection systems virtually. The education grant was awarded to Tarek Abdoun, the Thomas Iovino chaired professor in civil and environmental engineering, and Victoria Bennett,… Read More

AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge Seeks Mobile Apps To Address Region’s Social and Civic Issues

AT&T partners with area universities, businesses, and technology organizations to challenge local developers to create smartphone apps to serve the community

App Challenge

Rensselaer partnered with AT&T and area universities, businesses, and tech organizations to launch the AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge on March 4.  This program is a two-month “virtual hackathon” in which innovative thinkers, designers, artists, developers, and entrepreneurs are encouraged to “Solve Local” by building intuitive and novel smartphone apps.  The apps must address… Read More

A Poetic Spring: Five Upstate Poets To Read From Their Work at the Arts Center of the Capital Region

Shira Dentz, Lecturer in Creative Writing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, to Participate


In an ode to the first weekend of spring, the Arts Center of the Capital Region will host an event titled “A Poetic Spring: Five Upstate Artists Read From Their Work.” Shira Dentz, lecturer in the creative writing program in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS), will participate. The reading will take… Read More

Rensselaer Team Takes on NASA Robot Challenge

A primary goal of the NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge is to prepare robots for space exploration


A team of Rensselaer students and their autonomous robot will compete this June in the 2015 NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge. Held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the challenge requires robots to navigate over unknown terrain and around obstacles to locate and retrieve geological samples. The Rensselaer entry is a sophisticated robot, complete with arms, a… Read More

Region Selected as Finalist in Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge

Albany/Schenectady/Troy submission one of 12 national finalists in the running to receive up to $1 million for public art project

Breathing Lights

Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced that the entry jointly submitted by the cities of Albany, Schenectady, and Troy has been selected as a finalist in the running to receive up to $1 million as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, a new program aimed at supporting temporary public art projects that engage communities, enhance… Read More