ISE News and Events

ISE professors William “Al” Wallace, Martha Grabowski, and Thomas Sharkey, along with DHS Fellow and graduate student Richard Garrett, use computer simulation models to show how coast guard can respond effectively to future oil spills.

RPI faculty John Wen (ISE Department Head), Jonas Braasch (School of Architecture, Director of Center for Cognition, Communication and Culture), and Mei Si (Cognitive Science) held a media morning event showing off their assistive robotics research. Graduate and undergraduate students demonstrated a mobile assistive robot called Jamster, robot teleoperation, and social robotics. Numerous local media outlets reported on the event.

Thomas Sharkey, an Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at RPI, has launched a YouTube channel containing video tutorials to assist in the delivery of an Operations Research (OR) course. At RPI, these videos are specifically geared towards ISYE 4600: OR Methods, a required course for all Industrial and Management Engineering (IME) undergraduate students. The video tutorials serve as “virtual office hours” in the sense that they take students through the steps necessary to capture an application as an OR model or to apply an OR model to solve a problem.

The RPI IIE Student Chapter has won the Gold Award for the second year in a row. The award recognizes the chapter's overall achievements in AY 2013-2014. There are nearly 130 active student chapters in the US and the award places us among the top 1/3rd. The Chapter is getting ready for the new academic year with lots of exciting events for the IME students. Recently, the Chapter made contact with the Professional Chapter of Syracuse and is planning to have several joint events with them. These will include site visits, guest speakers, video conferencing and more.

ISE Department Head John Wen hosted an afternoon tea for Rensselaer alumni at the Okura Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan, on August 23. Over 20 RPI alumni and their family attended the gathering. The graduation years span 1980 to 2010. There is now an RPI Taiwan Alumni LinkedIn Page . There is also strong interest to form an RPI Taiwan Alumni chapter.

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.
Along with the challenges of pursuing a dual degree at a technological university, Alejandra Jaime-Rodriguez joined the university’s equestrian team, and with passion and perseverance, but no prior experience, qualified for a regional competition of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.
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.