ISE News and Events

Congratulations to ISE students Alexandra Svoboda, Shoshana Rubinstein, and Richard Garrett for receiving the Founders Award. The award will be given in the 21st Annual Honors Convocation on Saturday, October 25, 2014. The Founders Award of Excellence was established in 1994 to honor students who embody qualities of creativity, discovery, leadership, and the values of pride and responsibility at Rensselaer. The award consists of a special certificate, recognition by faculty, staff, and peers at the Honors Convocation ceremony, and a cash prize.

Jeff Ban, Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, joined ISE as an affiliated faculty. Jeff regularly interacts with ISE faculty and is active in INFORMS. His research focuses on modeling and simulation that aim to reveal the complex dynamic, stochastic, and evolving interactions among the critical components of transportation systems, with the purpose to develop effective, efficient, and sustainable methodologies to mange wide-area and multi-modal transportation systems.

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.

Institute News

The 24th Annual Honors Convocation will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 10 a.m. The Founders Award Committee is asking for your assistance in identifying candidates for Rensselaer's Founders Award of Excellence, the highest honor of the Convocation ceremony.  
Troy, N.Y. — Today, as consumers demand more locally sourced vegetables and the farm-to-table trend builds momentum, New York greenhouses are faced with conflicting tasks focused on producing more quality vegetables while reducing overall energy consumption.
Suvranu De, the J. Erik Jonsson ’22 Distinguished Professor of Engineering and head of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering, has been selected as a fellow of the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics.
Troy, N.Y. — A team including researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has developed an innovative approach to measuring cellular mechanical properties (i.e., cell stiffness) that is part of an emerging label-free (i.e, no histology dyes or immunolabeling) biophysical marker that can be used for the identification of cell diseases and cellular states. The research is important, since it can be used for rapid cancer diagnosis and rapid drug screening, as well as the development of personalized medicine.
Describing the dizzying pace of technological innovation, former United States Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz urged graduates to “anticipate career change, welcome it, and manage it to your and your society’s benefit” at the 211th Commencement at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Saturday.