ISE News and Events

ISE Associate Professor David Mendonça and Cognitive Science Professor Wayne Gray recently received an RPI Presidential Graduate Fellowship to support groundbreaking research on teamwork in high tempo, adversarial environments. The project will employ data from the online game League of Legends (LoL). With approximately 70 million registered players and 12 million daily players, LoL is the most popular game in the world.

Rensselaer Engineering Dean Shekhar Garde and ISE Head John Wen visited Albuquerque, New Mexico, on July 15. An alumni reception was held together with the Sandia National Lab with alumni spanning 50 years. Director of the Sandia Lab, Dr. Paul Homert, (class of 72, Aero), last day before his retirement, gave a welcome speech. Dean Garde described the latest initiatives and news in the School of Engineering. Prof.

ISE faculty Bill Foley is working with St. Peter’s Health Partnership to investigate the effectiveness of medical scribe in physician’s office. Dr. Foley led a team of two undergraduate researchers to collect data in a local primary care physician office. His work is described in Times Union.

The class of 2015 graduates and their families celebrated their graduation in the annual ISE graduation luncheon on May 28. The 2015 ISE graduates are going to a wide variety of companies, including GlobalFoundries, IBM, GE, and US Army and Navy. The Del and Ruth Karger Dissertation Prize is shared by Dr. James Brooks and Dr. Chris Gatti. The Ray Plamer Baker (1937) Prize is awarded to Jane Braun. The Willie Stanton (1972) Award is given to Shoshana Rubinstein.

The Director of Manufacturing Technology at GlobalFoundries, Bill Fosnight, will give an ISE seminar on April 15 3pm in CII 3051 on the data analytics challenges and opportunities in semiconductor manufacturing. The title of his talk is "Impact of Data Analytics on Semiconductor Manufacturing Competitiveness."Abstract: Semiconductor manufacturing can be measured by three core performance metrics: yield (product quality), cycle time (speed) and cost (equipment and resources).

Institute News

On Friday, October 13, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson hosted alumni, guests, and campus members at the launch of a capital campaign designed to position Rensselaer for its third century of leadership in research and education. “Transformative: Campaign for Global Change” will seek to raise $1 billion for student scholarships, faculty support, and campus enhancements.
Troy, N.Y. — Two weeks after Hurricane Maria wrecked devastation on Puerto Rico, destroying the power grid and leaving millions without access to necessities, distributing aid remains an issue. 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 Thursday, October 5, José Holguín-Veras, the William H.
Troy, N.Y. – On Friday, Oct. 6, in celebration of Manufacturing Day, the School of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will open doors to students, educators, businesspeople, media, politicians, and regional manufacturers to share Rensselaer’s vision and expertise in innovative education and research in manufacturing, showcase facilities, and highlight career opportunities in field. Prior to the start of the program, members of the campus and local community are invited to view the 7:30 a.m.
Troy, N.Y. — From neuronal differentiation and protein trafficking in order to understand diseases such as Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s, ALS, and diabetes to spacecraft navigation, from advanced controls for manufacturing processes to research that focuses on the behavior of complex networks, and the dynamics of social, biological, and ecological networks.  Rensselaer is welcoming new experts in research as 19 professors join the faculty for the 2017-18 academic year.
What gives music its appeal? Why does one composition enthrall and endure, while another falls flat? Internationally recognized composer and researcher Gareth Loy will share his findings on October 25, during “A Theory of Musical Interest,” the keynote address of the Art_x Symposium of Music, Sound, and Mathematics at Rensselaer.