ISE News and Events

With many people stuck inside for months on end, the built environment has played a significant role in the COVID-19 pandemic. With support from a new National Science Foundation grant, a team of engineers and social scientists will study the ways in which that built environment mitigates or exacerbates the pandemic.

Two ISE professors, affiliated Associate Professor Aparna Gupta (PI, Lally) and Assistant Professor Kristen Schell (co-PI), have been awarded a three-year, $2.66 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) PERFORM (Performance-based Energy Resource Feedback, Optimization, and Risk Management) program.

The Class of 1957 Spectrum Award was established in 2017 to honor an Undergraduate Student in SoE with high academic achievement in engineering, coupled with generous service to RPI and the greater Rensselaer community. 

We are pleased to inform that Ana Duque is the recipient of the Class of 1957 Spectrum Award which will be announced at 2020 Commencement Awards.

Ana Gabriela Du is a Colombian Junior IME student and the Co-President of RPI's Alpha Pi Mu-(Industrial and System Engineering Honor Society).

Jennifer Pazour, an associate professor of industrial and systems engineering, has been awarded the 2019 Rensselaer Alumni Association Teaching Award. The Teaching Award was created in 1994 by the Rensselaer Alumni Association Board of Trustees and is designed to recognize current members of the Rensselaer Faculty for their outstanding teaching techniques, contributions to the campus experience and commitment to students. A single award is presented each year, which includes $5,000 to enhance the classroom experience.

Institute News

Envisioning an animal-free drug supply, scientists have — for the first time — reprogrammed a common bacterium to make a designer polysaccharide molecule used in pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals. 
The era of widespread remote learning brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic requires online testing methods that effectively prevent cheating, especially in the form of collusion among students. With concerns about cheating on the rise across the country, a solution that also maintains student privacy is particularly valuable.
When a pandemic and a natural disaster hit a community simultaneously, disease exposure and social distancing can limit the availability of critical personnel, leaving a community positioned for a lengthy recovery. With both types of events expected to occur with increasing frequency, a team of researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been running simulations to better understand how communities can weather concurrent crises.
Mars experts and researchers from the Rensselaer Astrobiology and Research Education (RARE) Center will host a virtual watch party of the NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance rover landing.
TROY, N.Y. — Jonathan Dordick, the Howard P. Isermann ’42 Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), for his “contributions to methods for rapidly screening drug efficacy and toxicity, and biocatalytic technologies for improving human health.”