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EcoEd Provides a Glimpse Into Environmental Research

Rensselaer undergraduate and graduate students try their hands as teachers of young students


This spring, Rensselaer undergraduate and graduate students tried their hands as teachers of young students as part of an innovative program that connects Rensselaer with the community. Students were enrolled in the undergraduate course Sustainability Education, and in the graduate course EcoEd, with connections to the EcoEd Research Group at Rensselaer. Rensselaer students ran EcoEd… Read More

Rensselaer Professors Part of Team Funded To Teach Robots Right From Wrong

Project is part of a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative awarded by the Office of Naval Research

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Researchers from Rensselaer, teamed with researchers from Tufts University, Brown University, and the U.S. Navy, are exploring what it takes to engineer a robot with morals. Partnering under a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) awarded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) under the direction of ONR Program Officer Paul Bello, the scientists will delve… Read More

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Awards Grant To Improve STEM Persistence

Five-year, $1.2 million grant will enable Rensselaer to build upon successful peer-based mentoring program


Rensselaer has been awarded a five-year, $1.2 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) as part of an education grant program aimed at improving the persistence of students working toward a degree in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The grant will enable Rensselaer to build upon and expand a successful… Read More

Leading Technology Institutions Unveil Cognitive Computing Courses Leveraging IBM Watson

Enrollment is now open for fall 2014 cognitive computing courses

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IBM (NYSE: IBM) is partnering with the country’s leading technology universities to launch cognitive computing courses that give students unprecedented access via the cloud to one of the company’s most prized innovations: Watson. For the first time, enrollment is now open for fall 2014 cognitive computing courses at Carnegie Mellon University, New York University (NYU),… Read More

Center for Future Energy Systems Looks to Paper Industry

NYSERDA award to support research on new technologies for batteries

In March, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that Rensselaer was one of six recipients of an award for new technologies in battery and energy storage, funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Bench-to-Prototype solicitation in partnership with the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology (NY-BEST) Consortium. The Rensselaer researchers, awarded… Read More

Researchers Unveil Green Wall Prototype

Plant-filled wall panels filter impurities from the air, School of Architecture researchers find

Green Wall

Researchers from the School of Architecture working at the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) in New York City have spent the past several years researching ways to harness plants’ natural abilities to filter toxins out of the air into an application that could be used in indoor spaces like office buildings. On May… Read More

MBA Students at Sikorsky Aircraft Complete INROADS Project


Rensselaer students taking classes on location at Sikorsky Aircraft, in Stratford, Conn., completed the MBA program with a briefing on their final Practicum in Management project. James Stodder, professor of practice in the Hartford Department of the Lally School of Management, oversaw the group project. The project selected by the students was to set up… Read More

Exploring Science While Having Fun

ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp to be held on campus June 22-July 4

Science Summer Camp

This summer, area middle school students who are also known as budding scientists and engineers will have an opportunity to work alongside professionals and a former NASA astronaut during the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp program that will be held on the Rensselaer campus. Forty-eight students will immerse themselves in the world of science,… Read More

Class of 2014’s Parting Gift: A Place To Sit

New bench in DCC Great Hall a welcome addition

Class 2014 Gift

Each year at Commencement, the graduating class presents the university with a unique and spirited gift. This year, members of the Class of 2014 have raised funds to install benches in the Darrin Communications Center Great Hall. “Traditionally, each class donates a gift to improve campus life for years to come,” said Class President Michelle… Read More

Commencement 2014

The Class of 2014 heads out to change the world


On Saturday, May 24, 1,613 students will receive degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the East Campus Athletic Village (ECAV) stadium. They represent the next generation of leaders, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, patent holders, game designers, architects, and innovators, in fields ranging from engineering to architecture, fine arts to science, game design… Read More