Articles in Research

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

Selmer Bringsjord

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

New Biochip Mimics Liver To Make Drug Discovery Faster, Easier

Research results could help streamline toxicity testing for new drugs and drug candidates


A team of researchers has developed a new type of biochip that emulates the metabolism of a human liver. The device could one day eliminate the need to harvest and use liver cells from human cadavers to test the toxicity of potential new drugs and drug candidates. The new biochip technology is the result of… 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

Science Graduate Students Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Program recognizes outstanding students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees


Three graduate students from the School of Science at—Anthony Bishop, Chris Newhard, and Divya Shastry—have been awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships, while five other students have been recognized with honorable mention. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who… Read More

All-Carbon Lithium Battery Developed

New battery, free of toxic cobalt, is safer and easier to recycle than the lithium-ion batteries sold today

Lithium Battery

Engineering researchers at Rensselaer have developed a new type of rechargeable lithium battery with components made entirely of carbon. Unlike the lithium-ion batteries currently sold around the world to power smart phones, laptops, and countless other devices, this new battery is made without the toxic metal cobalt. The new technology, pairs an anode and cathode… Read More

Undergraduates Selected for Mount Sinai Summer Research Program

SURP fellows are matched with a Mount Sinai faculty mentor and gain hands-on experience in a biomedical research laboratory

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Three Rensselaer undergraduate students—Mohsin Jawed ’16, Mattie Rosi-Schumacher ’15, and 
Dongbo Yang ’16—have earned a place in the 2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. As such, they are among the first to benefit from the partnership that Rensselaer and Mount Sinai announced last year. The affiliation… Read More