ISE News and Events

ISE Department Head John Wen hosted an afternoon tea for Rensselaer alumni at the Okura Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan, on August 23. Over 20 RPI alumni and their family attended the gathering. The graduation years span 1980 to 2010. There is now an RPI Taiwan Alumni LinkedIn Page . There is also strong interest to form an RPI Taiwan Alumni chapter.
The 2014 ISE Newsletter maybe viewed here . Highlights: Tom Sharkey's research on supply chain and infrastructure restoration, David Mendonca's work on teamwork in large scale disaster response, Jennifer Ryan's work on semiconductor manufacturing scheduling and inventory management in aircraft engines maintenance, Martha Grabowski's National Academy report on Arctic oil spill response, and Mark Embrechts' course and research related to Big Data.
ISE Associate Professor David Mendonça, in collaboration with Martha Grabowski of ISE, was recently awarded a three-year $337k grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate teamwork in organizations following large-scale disasters. Using data from debris clearance operations following a series of calamitous tornado storms in Alabama in 2011, this work will investigate how team-level processes contribute to overall performance of the debris removal mission.
David Mendonça Ph.D., '01, Associate Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering gave an ENGtalk entitled " Network Improvisation in Emergency Response: An Application to Debris Removal Operations ." ( ENGtalk : Little lectures on big ideas from Rensselaer engineers: selected faculty present brief lectures on some of the hottest topics in engineering.)
ISE Faculty Mark Embrechts is awarded US Patent # 8,744,557 on June 3, 2014 for his co-invention "Use of Machine Learning for Magetocariograms." This patent resulted from a collaboration between Prof. Embrechts and CardioMag Imaging in Latham, NY. ISE Faculty John Wen is awarded US Patent # 8.746,310 on June 10, 2014 for his co-invention "System and method for probe-based high precision spatial orientation control and assembly of parts for microassembly using computer vision." This patent resulted from a collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Institute News

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.
In order to earn certification in general surgery, residents in the United States need to demonstrate proficiency in the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic program (FLS), a test that requires manipulation of laparoscopic tools within a physical training unit. Central to that assessment is a quantitative score, known as the FLS score, which is manually calculated using a formula that is time-consuming and labor-intensive.