ISE News and Events

David Mendonça has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Governors of IEEE's Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC) Society. IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE's SMC Society is a world-leading society for the advancement of theory and application in systems science and engineering, human-machine systems, and cybernetics. 

More information on IEEE and the SMC Society is available here: http://www.ieeesmc.org  

RPI ISE Ph.D. student Yuan Yi received the 2017 ISE Graduate Student Research Award for the publication of the paper, entitled “An Efficient Budget Allocation Approach for Quantifying the Impact of Input Uncertainty in Stochastic Simulation,” with Dr. Wei Xie. This award is to recognize the research excellent among RPI ISE graduate students. 

RPI ISE Ph.D. student Bo Wang’s paper, titled “Bayesian Sequential Calibration Using Detailed Sample Paths,” received 2017 INFORMS Best Student Paper Finalist Award from Quality, Statistics and Reliability (QSR) Section. This award is to recognize the research excellence among INFORMS student members. 

The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has made a new collaborative research award to Dr. Jennifer Pazour, Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer and Dr.

The maritime industry faces the triple challenge of growing the capacity of the marine transportation system while minimizing the environmental impact of that growth, and safely managing the increasing complexity of the systems needed to support the growth of global supply chains.

Institute News

The day Laura Antoniello attended a campus job fair at Rensselaer Polytechnic Instititue changed everything. She was an electronic media, arts, and communication (EMAC) major and the fair was geared for engineering jobs. But Hasbro was at the event and Antoniello was really interested in working at the company, having grown up near its headquarters. The Hasbro recruiter gave her valuable pointers.
In high school, Joseph Vengen faced adversity and suffering every day. Born completely deaf, he received his first cochlear implant as a toddler. The technology opened doors but has limitations in noisy environments.
Powerful hurricanes and earthquakes have wreaked havoc in the United States and around the world in recent years, often leaving people stranded for months and even years without access to water, food, and shelter. A unique collaborative project at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute seeks to provide a sustainable solution, while also considering the environment.
Heat pipes are devices to keep critical equipment from overheating. They transfer heat from one point to another through an evaporation-condensation process and are used in everything from cell phones and laptops to air conditioners and spacecraft.   Normally, heat pipes contain porous metal wicks that return liquid to the heated end of the pipe where it evaporates. But engineers are working to develop wickless heat pipes that are lighter and more reliable. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute initiated the Constrained Vapor Bubble (CVB) project to study these wickless heat pipes for use in near-zero gravity environments for aerospace applications.  
Aquaporins are proteins that serve as water channels to regulate the flow of water across biological cell membranes. They also remove excess salt and impurities in the body, and it is this aspect that has led to much interest in recent years in how to mimic the biochemical processes of aquaporins potentially for water desalination systems.   An international team of researchers co-led by Georges Belfort has discovered water, in the form of “water wires,” contained in another molecule—the imidazole—a nitrogen-based organic compound that could be used as a potential building block for artificial aquaporins. The findings were recently published in Science Advances by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Belfort is Institute Professor and professor of chemical and biological engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.