ISE News and Events

Thomas Sharkey, Associate Professor, is part of a team that has received a National Science Foundation grant to construct network models of human trafficking networks, with the goal of effectively disrupting them.  The interdisciplinary team will seek to integrate methods from the social sciences and operations research (OR) in order to capture the most salient features of sex trafficking networks and identify significant gaps in the interdiction literature that limits its applicability to disrupting these types of illicit networks.    

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) has awarded $1.4 million in project funding to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as part of its first round of funding to strengthen U.S. manufacturing. ARM selected projects that will generate timely impact on the national manufacturing landscape and serve as examples of ARM’s mission.

Jennifer Pazour, assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s 24th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) symposium. The symposium will take place Sept. 5-7 at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts.

On March 28, 2018 Alpha Pi Mu, the Honors Society of Industrial Engineers, hosted a trip to Price Chopper's distribution center located in Schenectady, Ny. Mr John Ahl, Inventory Control Summary Supervisor and Katie Kanai '18 held a discussion about distribution services, inventory management, transportation, and industry specific challenges that Price Chopper faces. This was then followed by a tour of the distribution facilities, including inbound and outbound docks, storage racks, and picking systems. They also addressed specific challenges in floral and produce shipments.

Jennifer Pazour honored as recipients of the 2018 Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholar Award represent the caliber of talent that we believe is essential to global innovation today and in future. The Award program, and its distinguished Advisory Board, is part of our company’s commitment to help increase the participation of women in STEM2D fields worldwide,” said Kathy Wengel, Worldwide Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain and WiSTEM2D Program Executive Sponsor.

Institute News

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. 
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.