Articles in Academics

School of Architecture Ranks 14th in Nation

DesignIntelligence names Dean Evan Douglis among 30 most admired educators in architecture

School of Architecture

The School of Architecture has been ranked the 14th best undergraduate program in the nation by the journal DesignIntelligence. In addition, Dean of Architecture Evan Douglis was named among the 30 most admired educators in the field of architecture education. Rankings for DesignIntelligence’s “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools 2015” list were based on surveys… Read More

ASME Student Organizations Hosts Second Annual Pumkin Chunkin Competition

Trebuchet-style machines launch gourds across '86 Field

Punkin Chunkin

Launching pumpkins through the air continues to take on a new—and more technical—meaning at Rensselaer. In a matter of a few weeks, two teams of students worked to design and build machines that could throw pumpkins. The second annual Pumkin Chunkin Competition, held on Sunday, Nov. 2, was hosted by members of the Rensselaer student… Read More

Lally School Hosts Startup Business Model Day Program

Aspiring entrepreneurs from area colleges attend

For many aspiring entrepreneurs, transforming an idea into an actual product is a difficult hurdle to surmount.  To help area college students move their business ideas from printed page to the global marketplace, the Lally School of Management hosted a Startup Business Model Day event on Nov. 1 at the Heffner Alumni House. “We are… Read More

President Jackson Applauds New White House Initiatives To Strengthen Advanced Manufacturing in the U.S.

New initiatives announced in meeting with the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0 (AMP 2.0) Steering Committee

President Shirley Ann Jackson applauded plans announced in October by President Barack Obama to strengthen advanced manufacturing in the United States, spur innovation, and continue to take steps to make the nation a magnet for new jobs and investment. President Obama announced the initiatives in a meeting with the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0 (AMP 2.0)… Read More

Rensselaer TALKS: “The Design and Practice of Learning” Dec. 6

Four speakers to take part in second installment of TALKS

Learning is an art, diverse in nature. It requires form and is tempered by keen practice. In order to understand how, we must first discuss what constitutes learning. The second biannual TALKS seminar, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) Auditorium, brings… Read More

Mary Simoni Named Semi-Finalist for Prize in Chamber Music Composition

Music composed for violin, cello uses innovative technology to harness power of musician’s movements

Mary Simoni

Mary Simoni, dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS), has been named a semi-finalist for the prestigious American Prize in Chamber Music for her composition Piano Trio scored for violin, cello, and piano 
with electronics. Simoni, an accomplished pianist and expert in algorithmic composition, adapted a new piece of technology
—the Hot… Read More

Cinema Without Film

Physics and engineering students collaborate with artist Melvin Moti on EMPAC premiere


It’s 10 p.m. in Rotterdam, Netherlands, when Emily Zimmerman, associate curator of the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Skypes artist Melvin Moti from a cluttered workspace in the Rensselaer Science Center. A team of undergraduate students eagerly assemble the components of their project on a workbench and Zimmerman turns the… Read More

Business Opportunities to Success Summit Planned for Nov. 12

Participants to hear from successful entrepreneurs and business professionals

BOSS summit

Entrepreneurs routinely encounter difficult questions along the path of entrepreneurship: In an ever-changing business environment, do I stay the course or change strategies if I want to achieve success? To help entrepreneurs answer critical questions such as this one, more than 60 Capital Region-based entrepreneurs, business, and academic experts will participate in the Business Opportunities… Read More

Peter Tessier Recognized as One of 30 Top Young Scientists

World Economic Forum recognizes him for contributions to advance the frontiers of science, engineering, and technology in areas of high societal impact

The World Economic Forum recently honored Peter Tessier with a 2014 Young Scientist award. An expert in protein engineering, Tessier was selected as a 2014 Young Scientist for his contributions to advance the frontiers of science, engineering, and technology in areas of high societal impact, according to the World Economic Forum. Tessier, the Richard Baruch… Read More

Student Teaches Course on Personal Finance

More than 70,000 students have enrolled in the five-week online course

Personal Finance

Every week, students from around the globe log in and learn about personal financial management from Rensselaer student Alex LeBon. A junior majoring in physics, LeBon spent much of last summer working on—and starring in—a free online course developed by his stepfather, Peter Navarro, professor of economics and public policy at the University of California-Irvine… Read More