Articles in Research

Chemistry, Nature’s Way

Developing biodegradable alternatives to industrial chemicals

Richard Gross

Richard Gross, chaired professor in the Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering Constellation, is also the founder and chief technology officer of SyntheZyme LLC, a chemical company that uses plant feedstocks and biocatalytic transformations to develop biodegradable alternatives to petrochemical-based industrial chemicals Last month, SyntheZyme signed a collaboration and licensing agreement with DSM Nutritional Products, a subsidiary… Read More

The Next Great Idea!

Change the World Challenge winners announced


A neutralizing arm sleeve for Parkinson’s patients, a motorcycle jacket with LEDs that creates a third brake light, a new storytelling platform in publishing, and a retainer that combats dry mouth disease are among the 10 winning ideas from the 46 entries in the spring 2014 Change the World Challenge. The Change the World Challenge… Read More

Enhanced Autopilot System Could Help Prevent Accidents Like 2009 Air France 447 Crash

Research by Professor Carlos Varela develops “active data” system

Carlos Varela

Thirty lines of computer code might have saved Air France flight 447, and 228 passengers and crew aboard, from plunging into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009, according to new research by Carlos Varela, associate professor of computer science. Varela and his research group have developed a computer system that detects and corrects faulty… Read More

Peter Caracappa Named Director of Research Reactor

Nuclear safety expert to lead Walthousen Reactor Critical Facility, one of only 25 research reactors at U.S. universities

Nuclear safety expert Peter Caracappa was recently named director of the Walthousen Reactor Critical Facility at Rensselaer. The research reactor, one of only 25 in the United States, is used by students to gain practical experience and apply nuclear engineering lessons in a real-world environment—a key differentiator for students seeking employment in the nuclear industry…. Read More

Personalized Bone Surgery Techniques To Reduce Patient Recovery Times

Professor Johnson Samuel receives CAREER Award from National Science Foundation


Material design and advanced manufacturing expert Johnson Samuel, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has won a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Samuel will use the five-year, $400,000 grant to advance his research into developing new surgical tools… Read More

Daniel Walczyk Named Director of Advanced Manufacturing Research Center

Manufacturing expert to lead the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems

Daniel Walczyk

Advanced manufacturing expert Daniel Walczyk has been named director of the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS) at Rensselaer. Walczyk is a professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering, and a licensed professional engineer in New York state. He earned his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer in 1991. “CATS… Read More

Garde, Bequette Named Fellows of AIMBE

Elected by peers to distinguished group of medical and biological engineers

Shekhar Garde

Two chemical and biological engineering experts at Rensselaer have been elected fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Professors Shekhar Garde and B. Wayne Bequette will be honored by the professional society later this month at the AIMBE annual conference in Washington. Elected by their peers, AIMBE fellows represent the top… Read More

North American Membrane Society Honors Georges Belfort

Chemical engineering expert recognized for exceptional lifetime contributions to membrane science and technology

World-leading bioseparations expert Georges Belfort, Institute Professor and a member of the Howard P. Isermann Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has been awarded the Alan S. Michaels Award for Innovation in Membrane Science and Technology from the North American Membrane Society (NAMS). The award, given every three years by NAMS “to recognize individuals who… Read More

Engineering Graduate Programs Recognized as Among the Best in the Nation

School is ranked 38th by U.S. News & World Report

Jonsson Engineering Center

    Rensselaer continues to rank among the nation’s top schools for engineering, according to this year’s list of Best Graduate Engineering Programs by U.S. News & World Report. The School of Engineering at Rensselaer ranked 38th in the nation, unchanged from last year’s list. Within the school, five graduate programs—aerospace engineering, industrial engineering, materials… Read More

Visionary Strategic Leadership Examined

New book by David Rainey provides insights for corporate leaders

Book cover

David Rainey ’77, acting dean of Rensselaer at Hartford and professor of practice in the Lally School of Management, has authored the book Visionary Strategic Leadership: Sustaining Success through Strategic Direction, Corporate Management, and High-Level Programs, recently published by Information Age Publishing. The book covers the principles, processes, and practices of visionary strategic leadership (VSL)…. Read More