ISE News and Events

William (Al) Wallace co-authored a recent article in the National Academy of Engineering magazine, “The Bridge”, on the ethical challenges inherent in the building and using of computational models.

ISE faculty Jennifer Pazour has been selected to receive the prestigious Dr. Hamed K. Eldin Outstanding Early Career IE in Academia Award.  This award recognizes individuals in academia who have demonstrated outstanding characteristics in education, leadership, professionalism and potential in industrial engineering. The award recognizes engineering contributions in application, design, research or development of IE methods by early career IISE members.  Dr.

There is inherent tension between meeting customer service expectation and minimizing inventory investment. ISE Emeritus Faculty Tom Willemain, also co-founder and Senior VP for Research at Smart Software, describes in his recent article in American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) magazine, the use of data to better characterize customer demand, and optimize the inventory management. Prof.

An invention "US 7177798 B2 Natural Language Interface Using Constrained Intermediate Dictionary of Results" by ISE professor, Cheng Hsu, and his former graduate student, Veera Boonjing, is at the center of a patent infringement case brought by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Marathon Patent Group over the technology used in the iPhone's Siri app. This case was settled in early June for $24.9M to be shared between Rensselaer and Marathon.

ISE Faculty Jennifer Pazour and co-authors Debjit Roy and Rene De Koster received an honorable mention designation in the IIE Transactions Focused Issue on Design and Manufacturing Best Applications Paper Award Competition for 2016. This award is selected by an examining committee from all papers published from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015, issues 46:7 through 47:6. The paper may be downloaded from IIE: Roy, Debjit, Jennifer A. Pazour, and René De Koster.

Institute News

This weekend, 1,796 new students will make their way to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to start the next stage of their academic careers. The first-year students hail from 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. As a reflection of the global reach of Rensselaer, almost 300 students come from countries around the world. The new students will move in on Saturday, August 25. Classes begin on Thursday, Aug. 30. Rensselaer received a record number of applications—20,403—for the Class of 2022. The numbers represent a record number of applications from females (6,538), and a record number of applications from international students (3,493).
Lake George, N.Y. – The world’s most advanced environmental monitoring system – developed through The Jefferson Project at Lake George – is being used to understand and protect Skaneateles Lake, a central New York drinking water source now threatened by toxic algae. Building on a connection through the New York State Harmful Algal Bloom (HABs) Initiative launched in late 2017, the Jefferson Project installed a custom-designed robotic sensing platform on Skaneateles, and began collecting data just prior to an early-August HABs event this year.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is hosting the 2018 Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) Advanced Studies Institute on Sustainable Urban Freight Systems (VASI-SUFS) Aug. 4-11. The VASI-SUFS will bring together a select group of junior faculty, post-docs, and advanced Ph.D. students who are conducting research on sustainable urban freight systems. The main goal is to develop a new generation of researchers and practitioners with a holistic view of urban freight systems issues and their solutions that, ultimately, will bring about new paradigms of freight transportation research, education, and practice that foster sustainable urban freight systems (UFS). 
In a paper published in Applied Physics Reviews, a group of researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, pointing to four underlying causes of fluctuations that span materials, argue that so-called "stochasticity" is inherent to all materials and merits greater exploration as a field of study.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced nearly $64 million in awards for advanced nuclear energy technology to DOE national laboratories, industry, and 39 U.S. universities in 29 states. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been awarded $800,000 for analysis of nuclear power plants’ accident propagation and mitigation processes.