Articles in Research

Team Develops Innovative Approach to Optofluidic Fabrication

Technology capable of producing 3-D-shaped objects could play a role in biotechnology, structural mechanics, and self-assembly

3D Particles

A team including researchers at Rensselaer have discovered an innovative approach to the optofluidic fabrication process, which can be regarded as a rapid 3-D prototyping method for the development of smaller high-resolution objects. The research is important for the biomedical field since it can be used to create functional particles for drug delivery and vascularized… Read More

$2 Million NSF Grant Supports Research Into Emerging Nanomaterials

TMDs have potential applications as semiconductors and optical sensors


A $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will allow researchers led by Rensselaer Professor Humberto Terrones to explore the structure and capabilities of transition metal dichalcogenides, layered nanomaterials with intriguing optical and electronic properties. Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), a class of materials composed of a transition metal and sulfur or selenium atoms,… Read More

Graduate Student Michael Guerette Honored by American Ceramic Society

Award recognizes research excellence in glass science

Michael Guerette

Michael Guerette, postdoctoral researcher and graduate of Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been honored by the Glass and Optical Materials Division (GOMD) in the American Ceramic Society. Guerette has been recognized with the Norbert J. Kreidl Award for Young Scholars, the highest honor GOMD bestows upon a graduate student, recognizing research excellence in… Read More

Rongjie Lai Named Assistant Professor of Mathematical Sciences

Expert in three-dimensional object recognition

Rongjie Lai, an expert in three-dimensional object recognition, has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Lai joins Rensselaer from the University of California, Irvine. Researching in the field of numerical partial differential equations and computational differential geometry, Lai uses mathematical techniques to develop global tools for extracting information from discrete data… Read More

Holguín-Veras Discusses Implications for the Response to Nepal Earthquake

Presentation discussed important lessons that ought to be learned from other large disasters


Extreme events pose serious logistical challenges to emergency and aid organizations active in preparation, response, and recovery operations, as the disturbances they bring about turn normal conditions into chaos. On May 6, José Holguín-Veras, the William H. Hart Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the Center for Infrastructure, Transportation, and the Environment,… Read More

Rensselaer Students Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Prestigious award recognizes outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines

Five Rensselaer graduate students have been awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships, and six more 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 are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees. “The NSF Graduate Research… Read More

Zinc Deficiency Linked to Activation of Hedgehog Signaling Pathway

Zinc deficiency is correlated with autism and many cancers


Zinc deficiency—long associated with numerous diseases, e.g. autism, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer—can lead to activation of the Hedgehog signaling pathway, a biomolecular pathway that plays essential roles in developing organisms and in diseases, according to new research at Rensselaer. “Hedgehog is critical to normal development, but in adults the pathway, if reactivated,… Read More

Neuromorphic: Rensselaer Researchers To Design the Next-Generation Supercomputer


With a $1.3 million grant from the Air Force Research Laboratory, researchers at Rensselaer will explore the design and potential of next-generation supercomputers that incorporate a highly efficient “neuromorphic” processor, which more closely represents the human brain in its architectural design. In the Rensselaer project, titled “Massively Parallel Modeling and Simulation of Next-Generation Hybrid Neuromorphic… Read More

Team TROOPER Prepares for Final DARPA Challenge


Team TROOPER will take on contenders from around the globe—and tackle some of the most daunting disaster response tests—during the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge finals June 5-6 in Pomona, California. The team is a partnership of Rensselaer, Lockheed Martin, and the University of Pennsylvania. One of the world’s most difficult robotics… Read More

A Mathematical Explanation for the Fermi-Pasta-Ulam System Problem First Proposed in 1953

Interaction of waves in sixtets leads to irreversible transfer of energy


A team of researchers, led by Rensselaer  professor Yuri Lvov, has found an elegant explanation for the long-standing Fermi-Pasta-Ulam (FPU) problem, first proposed in 1953, investigated with one of the world’s first digital computers, and now considered the foundation of experimental mathematics. The research, published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,… Read More