Articles in Research

Researchers Develop New Method of Fatty Acid Production Via Dynamic Regulation

Technique has applications for medicine, biofuel, and commodity chemical production

Mattheos Koffas

A team of Rensselaer researchers led by metabolic engineer Mattheos Koffas has developed a technique to more efficiently produce large quantities of the fatty acids that form the basis of compounds used in biofuels, medicine, and commodity chemical production. Results of the study conducted by Koffas and his research group in the Center for Biotechnology… Read More

3-D Printed Tissues Advance Stem Cell Research

Guohao Dai Receives NSF CAREER Award to support research

Guohao Dai

Tissue engineering and vascular biology expert Guohao Dai, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, recently won a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dai will use the five-year, $440,000 grant to advance his research into bio-fabricating human tissues with 3-D cell printing technology. Adult neural stem… Read More

AMOS at Rensselaer Ranks 43rd on List of World’s Top 500 Supercomputers

Ranked number one among private American academic institutions


The Institute’s petascale supercomputing system clocks in at a top peak processing speed of 1048.6 teraflops per second, making it the 43rd most powerful system in the world, according to the most recent TOP500 list. Named the Advanced Multiprocessing Optimized System, or AMOS, the Rensselaer supercomputer was switched on in October 2013. The system is… Read More

Jose Holguín-Veras Elected Fellow of ASCE

Global leader in areas of freight demand modeling, transportation economics, and humanitarian logistics

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Jose Holguín-Veras, the William Howard Hart Professor, was recently named a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). A professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Holguin-Veras is director of the Institute’s Center for Infrastructure, Transportation, and the Environment and Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems. He began his… Read More

Peter Tessier Named Richard Baruch Professor

Research focuses on designing antibodies with potential for treating disorders ranging from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease

Pete Tessier

Protein engineering expert Peter Tessier has been named the Richard Baruch M.D. Career Development Professor. An endowed professorship is among the highest honors bestowed on a Rensselaer faculty member. “Pete is an outstanding researcher and a gifted mentor,” said Shekhar Garde, dean of the School of Engineering. “In the laboratory, his work is pushing the… Read More

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