Articles in Research

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

Lirong Xia Receives NSF CAREER Award

Research improves online tools for decision making, allocation of resources, and recommendations

Computer scientist and social choice expert Lirong Xia, an assistant professor of computer science, has won a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Information & Intelligent Systems. “We congratulate Lirong for this recognition of his potential as a young researcher at Rensselaer,” said Curt Breneman, dean… Read More

Center for Deep Listening Hosts “Sonic Meditation” and “Dream Incubation” Inaugural Event

Center to advance the practice of Deep Listening developed by composer Pauline Oliveros

Deep Listening is a creative, meditative practice developed by one of America’s most important composers, Rensselaer Professor of Practice Pauline Oliveros, who describes the practice as “listening with your whole body.” Earlier this month, the Center for Deep Listening, based in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) at Rensselaer, hosted its inaugural… Read More

Use of Transplanted Regulatory T Cells Could Provide Relief for Inflammatory Diseases

Rensselaer/Texas A&M research team receives $2 million NIH grant for microbiome systems biology research


With a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a team of researchers—including professor Juergen Hahn—will investigate the potential of using transplanted regulatory T cells (Tregs) to reduce inflammation in diseases like inflammatory bowel disease, which currently has no known viable treatment options. “The challenge is that the transplanted cells are not… Read More

Advancing the Frontiers in Future Energy Systems Technology

Richard Kauffman, chairman of Energy and Finance in the Office of the Governor, delivers keynote address at annual conference of Center for Future Energy Systems


Richard Kauffman, chairman of energy and finance for New York in the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, delivered the keynote address at the 2015 annual conference of the Rensselaer Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES) Feb. 26 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy. The all-day event showcases the latest energy innovations and research… Read More

Zvi Rusak Named ASME Fellow

Recognized for contributions to the field of fluid mechanics

Zvi Rusak

Zvi Rusak, professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering, has been named a fellow of the ASME. He was recognized for his contributions to the field of fluid mechanics, including research that informs the aerodynamic design of aircraft. In conferring the honor, the ASME, formerly known as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, recognizes Rusak… Read More

New Seed Grant Program Tackles Societal Challenges With Broad-Based Research Teams

Office of Research launches Knowledge and Innovation Program


An aquatic ecologist wants to track the distribution of plankton species in Lake George. A computer scientist is developing pattern recognition software that identifies animals in ordinary photographs. Now, with the support of a new seed program for targeted multidisciplinary research projects at Rensselaer, those scientists are teaming up with digital artists to develop three-dimensional… Read More

Juergen Hahn Appointed a Trustee of Computer Aids in Chemical Engineering (CACHE)

Group seeks to influence use of technology in chemical engineering education

Juergen Hahn

Juergen Hahn, professor and head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been appointed a trustee of the CACHE (Computer Aids in Chemical Engineering) Corporation. Incorporated in 1975, CACHE is the outgrowth of the CACHE Committee, a group of educators who originally met in 1969 to develop new methods of meshing computers with the teaching… Read More

Frank Lombardo Receives Department of Commerce Gold Medal

Cited for investigative work following 2011 tornado in Joplin, Mo.


The Department of Commerce has awarded the Department of Commerce Gold Medal to Frank Lombardo, research assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The gold medal is the highest honorary award granted by the Secretary of Commerce. The medal is awarded for distinguished performance characterized by extraordinary, notable, or prestigious contributions that… Read More

Jonathan Dordick and Robert Linhardt Named Fellows of National Academy of Inventors

To be recognized at induction ceremony in March

Two innovative Rensselaer researchers have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Professor Robert Linhardt and Vice President for Research Jonathan Dordick, both renowned for their leadership and excellence in biotechnology research, were among the distinguished group of 170 individuals elected as NAI fellows. The recognition is reserved for academic inventors “who… Read More