ISE News and Events

ISE Faculty Thomas C. Sharkey has been awarded the 2015 Rensselaer Alumni Association Teaching Award. The RAA 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. Professor Sharkey has a set of video tutorial on YouTube about operations research methods http://homepages.rpi.edu/~sharkt/ORMVideos.html.

ISE welcomes Dr. Jennifer Pazour joining Rensselaer as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Pazour received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 2006, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from University of Arkansas in 2008 and 2011, respectively. She joined University of Central Florida (UCF) in August 2011. She received the prestigious Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award in 2013. She was also named the CAE Link Faculty Fellow from the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences at UCF from July 2012 to August 2014.

ISE Associate Professor David Mendonça and Cognitive Science Professor Wayne Gray recently received an RPI Presidential Graduate Fellowship to support groundbreaking research on teamwork in high tempo, adversarial environments. The project will employ data from the online game League of Legends (LoL). With approximately 70 million registered players and 12 million daily players, LoL is the most popular game in the world.

Rensselaer Engineering Dean Shekhar Garde and ISE Head John Wen visited Albuquerque, New Mexico, on July 15. An alumni reception was held together with the Sandia National Lab with alumni spanning 50 years. Director of the Sandia Lab, Dr. Paul Homert, (class of 72, Aero), last day before his retirement, gave a welcome speech. Dean Garde described the latest initiatives and news in the School of Engineering. Prof.

ISE faculty Bill Foley is working with St. Peter’s Health Partnership to investigate the effectiveness of medical scribe in physician’s office. Dr. Foley led a team of two undergraduate researchers to collect data in a local primary care physician office. His work is described in Times Union.

Institute News

Anyone who has experienced a midafternoon energy slump or suffered from jetlag has felt the effects of their body’s circadian rhythm. This internal clock helps regulate many of our physiological processes, including sleep, metabolism, and even how the brain functions. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute anticipate a future in which a combination of smart wearables and algorithms assess each person’s circadian rhythm and provide personalized feedback as to what light, sleep, and work schedule would be ideal for their particular internal clock.
Cellphones, televisions, and computers all rely on the wireless spectrum, a series of signals that travel through the air by way of radio frequencies. Ever-increasing demand for this finite resource requires that policies and protocols aimed at coordinating spectrum use be updated and optimized.
TROY, N.Y. — Developing a physiological test for diagnosing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), one that measures certain components in the blood, has the potential to be a paradigm shift for diagnosing ASD. However, the large heterogeneity of how ASD affects individuals has long been viewed as a key obstacle to the development of such a test.
A new prize recognizing the work of engineers who promote social justice, human rights, peace, and environmental protection has launched with the help of two faculty members from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
TROY, N.Y. — More strategic and coordinated travel restrictions could have reduced the spread of COVID-19 in the early stages of the pandemic, data confirms. The conclusion, available in preprint on MedRxiv, an online repository of papers that have been screened but not peer reviewed, stems from new modeling conducted by a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.