ISE News and Events

Low Center for Innovation (CII)
If you are a current Industrial and Management Engineering major or interested in our undergrad program or Data Science and Engineering minor, please join the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department faculty and student representatives on Wed. Aug. 30 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM in the Low Center for Industrial Innovation (CII) Room 5015. This is a great opportunity to learn about what we offer. Refreshments will be served.
Thomas Sharkey, Martha Grabowski, Marie Lowe, Gwendolyn Morgan

Pictured here at the Bryan Glacier are Thomas Sharkey,
Martha Grabowski, Marie Lowe, and Gwendolyn Morgan.

Last month PhD student, Gwendolyn Morgan attended the NSF Navigating the New Arctic Emergency Response in the Arctic Advisory Board Meeting. The meeting involved individuals from the US Coast Guard, NW Arctic Boroughs, University of Alaska, Alaska Maritime Prevention and Response Network, and NSF Awardees Martha Grabowski, PhD, Thomas Sharkey, PhD, Thomas Birkland, PhD, Marie Lowe, PhD, and William Wallace, PhD.
Trustee Roy Davis and Dr. Azita Hirsa
July 17, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the CBIS Auditorium
Imagine a future where autonomous cars, often referred to as driverless cars, don’t require a driver to take control of the vehicle at all. In fact, a fully autonomous car wouldn’t even require your presence — it would be capable of making its own choices, and instead of driving you to the store, it could “decide” to take you to work.
PhD student, Joyjit Bhowmick, recently presented Reimagining the Store of the Future: Evaluating Facility Designs at the IISE Annual Conference and Expo 2023 in New Orleans.

Institute News

ChatGPT has fascinated the public as we begin to explore how generative artificial intelligence (AI) can be useful in our everyday lives. On the back end, scientists are continually advancing AI for potential applications so vast that it may change life as we know it by accelerating scientific and technological developments.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has established the Office of Strategic Alliances and Translation, a new area within the university that incorporates a number of key translational activities at RPI, including intellectual property and technology licensing, large-scale corporate partnerships, initiation and growth of start-up ventures, and translational campuses, including the Rensselaer Technology Park, as well as translational activities in New York City.
What if microgravity holds the key to preventing the overheating of advanced electronics? That’s one idea behind an International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory-sponsored investigation that recently launched to station on Northrop Grumman’s 19th Commercial Resupply Services mission (NG-19). This week, the ISS crew is working on the experiment, which aims to improve the efficiency of heat transfer devices used in various technologies, from laptops to NASA’s Hubble Telescope.
— The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced $26 million in funding geographically and institutionally diverse awardees, including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), who will engage with additional partners and communities to further the conversation around consolidated interim storage of spent nuclear fuel.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Steven Cramer, William Weightman Walker Professor of Polymer Engineering, and Todd Przybycien, professor of chemical and biological engineering, will contribute to a three-year research program led by faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that aims to design the world’s first fully integrated, continuous mRNA manufacturing platform. Both Cramer and Przybycien are members of Rensselaer’s Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D. Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies. The platform is part of an $82 million effort funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.