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

Fouling is a natural phenomenon that describes the tendency of proteins in water to adhere to nearby surfaces. It’s what causes unwanted deposits of protein to form during some food production or on biomedical implants, causing them to fail. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are harnessing this process, which is typically considered a persistent challenge, to develop a versatile and accessible approach for modifying solid surfaces.
The surface of a pristine, transparent freshwater lake may not reveal to ecologists the reality of what’s occurring in its depths. Evaluating the cumulative effects of climate change, pollutants, acidification, or invasive species requires more precise methods. But even the most dynamic and sensitive sensors commonly used today are not always able to tell researchers what they need to know.
A novel form of polymerized estrogen developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute can provide neuroprotection when implanted at the site of a spinal cord injury — preventing further damage. This promising result, found in a preclinical model, was recently published in ACS Chemical Neuroscience, and it lays the groundwork for further advancement of this new biomaterial.  
Future roads will likely carry autonomous vehicles that communicate with one another in a system where vehicles relay information — like destination, speed, or upcoming lane change — and then receive real-time feedback about decisions like route changes necessary to avoid traffic.
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.