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“Jamster” Assistive Robot Introduced at Media Morning

Professors are working to aid the elderly and individuals with paralysis of multiple limbs


On Sept. 29, Rensselaer held a media morning to demonstrate a project that promises to aid people with mobility issues. Rensselaer Professor John Wen and Associate Professor Jonas Braasch are working on new technology to transform less expensive, human-friendly industrial robots—that would normally be found in factories—into affordable assistive robots for the elderly and individuals… Read More

Celebrating 100 Years of Chemical Engineering at Rensselaer

First chemical engineering course offered in 1914

Chemical Engineering

A century ago, faculty, students, and alumni of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute helped shape the nascent field of chemical engineering. They applied their talent and ingenuity to advance technologies critical to the era, seeking new ways to use, manufacture, and refine a range of chemicals. Today, faculty and students in the Howard P. Isermann Department of… Read More

Swimming in an Ocean of Light

Light and health expert Mariana Figueiro speaks at TEDMED


Professor Mariana Figueiro, Lighting Research Center (LRC) Light and Health Program Director, gave an invited talk at TEDMED Sept. 12, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The three-day TEDMED event brought together a series of speakers from diverse backgrounds to inspire new possibilities for the future of health and medicine. The talks were attended… Read More

Panama Canal Centennial: Celebrating Rensselaer Engineers

Many alumni were involved in scouting and construction

panama canal

August 15, 2014, marked the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal. The canal’s completion, one of the greatest feats of engineering by mankind, brings to light the impressive contributions of Rensselaer engineers who participated in connecting the oceans. Beginning with the Panama Railroad in 1855 and ending with the completion of the Panama Canal in… Read More

Troy Night Out

Campus groups perform at monthly arts and cultural event

Troy night out

Troy Night Out is a monthly arts and cultural event that takes place on the last Friday of every month in downtown Troy. Last month, the streets, alleyways, and local venue stages were graced with the talents of several performing arts groups from the Rensselaer campus and area community who showcased their talents in music,… Read More

Rensselaer To Host Family Weekend

Celebrating 190 years of family, Oct. 23-25

Family Weekend

As signs of autumn can be found across the Rensselaer campus, falling leaves and some cool weather days, the campus will be buzzing with activity as thousands of Rensselaer families are expected to visit the campus Oct. 23-25 to celebrate Family Weekend. For more than 60 years, parents, family members, alumni, and friends have made… Read More

Live From the International Space Station With Reid Wiseman ’97

Event is a highlight of Reunion & Homecoming Weekend

Reid Wiseman

Alumni will gather from across the country and around the world this weekend at Rensselaer to connect with fellow graduates. One alumnus, though, will be making a very special connection to the Reunion & Homecoming weekend festivities. Reid Wiseman ’97, a NASA astronaut currently stationed aboard the International Space Station (ISS), is scheduled to join… Read More

Inaugural Westerdahl Forum To Explore Alumni Contributions to Area Bridges

Engineer, bridge restorer, and historian Frank Griggs '56 is featured speaker

The Friends of the Folsom Library have announced the inaugural Carl A. Westerdahl Forum, which will take place Thursday, Oct. 16, on campus. The two-part program is titled “Making the Connection: Rensselaer Graduates Who Built Bridges over the Hudson.” The program will highlight the role Rensselaer alumni played in the growth of bridge design in… Read More

Reunion & Homecoming Presents: An Evening of A Cappella


This special Reunion & Homecoming event will feature VoicePlay, an a cappella group that gained fame on TV’s The Sing Off. Their performance is unlike any theatrical experience available today, recreating the orchestrated sound of an entire musical production with nothing but the human voice. The night also will feature all four of Rensselaer’s student… Read More

How Has Rensselaer Changed Your World?

Institute invites alumni and students to share photos, videos of their experiences

why not change the world

Graduates of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the techniques and technologies they’ve developed, and the discoveries they’ve made have undoubtedly changed the world. From digital cameras, to e-mail, to sunscreen, the modern world would not be the place it is today without members of the Rensselaer community answering the call “Why not change the world?” As Founders… Read More