Researchers Pioneer Microfluidics-Enabled Manufacturing of Macroscopic Graphene Fibers

A team of researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has developed a new microfluidics-assisted technique for developing high-performance macroscopic graphene fibers. Graphene fiber, a recently discovered member of the carbon fiber family, has potential applications in diverse technological areas, from energy storage, electronics and optics, electro-magnetics, thermal conductor and thermal management, to structural applications.

John Wen Appointed Russell Sage Professor and Department Head

Professor John T. Wen has been named the Russell Sage Professor and head of the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering (ECSE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He will begin his new roles on Jan. 1, 2019.

Wen has been with Rensselaer since 1988. He was most recently head of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and a professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering. From 2005 to 2013, he served as the director of the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS), a New York state designated Center for Advanced Technology. In 2009, he successfully led the 10-year re-designation of CATS. During his tenure, CATS helped industry partners generate over $340M of economic impact in the state and over 900 new and retained jobs.

ISE junior received the 2018 RPI Founders Award of Excellence

Ana Gabriela Duque (Class of 2020) was recently received the Founders Award of Excellence. 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.

Ana Gabriela Duque is a junior pursuing a major in Industrial and Management Engineering. She was born and raised in Cali, Colombia where she was able to pursue her passion for helping others by developing a charity to provide medical assistance to marginalized societies.  She is very passionate about the apparel industry and has an ongoing research focusing on the development of a more sustainable alternative to cotton within the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Rensselaer.

Delivering Pressure with an Unconventional Crystal Interface

The use of pressure to alter semiconductor properties is showing increasing promise in applications such as high-performance infrared sensors and energy conversion devices. With a novel and unconventional crystal interface, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have enabled more powerful and dynamic tuning of the method, which they initially pioneered in 2015.