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At the end of the Fall 2023 semester, the RPI IISE Student Chapter hosted a holiday party for all ISE students, faculty, and staff. The event had food catered by DeFazio’s Pizzeria, a gingerbread house building competition consisting of student and faculty teams, and a dessert bar featuring homemade baked goods brought by those that attended!
RPI’s ISE department hosted program managers from the Raymond University Research Program (https://lnkd.in/ee-CdV69
Dr. Yinan Wang, along with Dr. Chenang Liu from Oklahoma State University, Dr. Yao Ma from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Dr. Diane Oyen from Los Alamos National Lab, organized the first “Data Science for Smart Manufacturing and Healthcare Workshop” at SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM) 2023. SDM is one of the most prestigious conferences in the domain of data mining.
The Dr. Vladimir Belsky Award for Computational Sciences and Engineering is named in memory of Dr. Vladimir Belsky who came to Rensselaer from Russia in the 1990's and performed research in computational mechanics as a Postdoctoral Fellow. ISE PhD Candidate Milan Preet Kaur won the 2023-2024 Belsky Award for Computational Sciences and Engineering. Her advisor Professor Jennifer Pazour.
Two papers led by Dr. Yinan Wang were awarded Best Paper Awards from IISE Transactions with Focus Issues on Data Science, Quality and Reliability, and Design and Manufacturing, respectively. The IISE Transactions Best Paper Award is annually recognized among all the papers published in the past year. Each focus issue will recognize one best paper, with four best papers in total each year. Dr. Yinan Wang received two out of four best papers in 2023.  

Institute News

For the first time, researchers have used bacteria to “upcycle” waste polyethylene
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute doctoral student Emily de Stefanis is one of 60 recipients of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) award. The SCGSR program places students with mentors at DOE national labs, where students learn from top experts in their field and conduct research in state-of-the-art facilities.De Stefanis will spend 2024 at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico working on her research with experts in the field of nuclear materials. 
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute doctoral student Emily de Stefanis is one of 60 recipients of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) award. The SCGSR program places students with mentors at DOE national labs, where students learn from top experts in their field and conduct research in state-of-the-art facilities.De Stefanis will spend 2024 at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico working on her research with experts in the field of nuclear materials. 
Jian Shi, Ph.D., associate professor in both the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), has been selected for the Simons Foundation's Pivot Fellowship. 
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has announced the addition of Thomas G. Capek ’86, senior vice president and chief engineer at Corning Incorporated, to Rensselaer’s Board of Trustees. Corning is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science and has a longstanding relationship with RPI supporting research, philanthropy, and student recruitment. Capek previously served on the Dean’s Leadership Council in RPI’s School of Engineering. As a Board of Trustees member, Capek sits on the Academic Affairs and Research Committee and the Student Life Committee.