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Their paper “Interdicting Layered Physical and Information Flow Networks” co-authored with Dr. Chase Rainwater from the University of Arkansas will appear in the April issue of IISE Transactions. This study focuses on an interdiction problem on two interdependent networks. They reformulate this problem using duality and apply this technique to law enforcement efforts against illegal drug trafficking, and cyber-based vulnerability analysis of supply chain networks and infrastructure systems. 

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ISE faculty, Dr. Jennifer Pazour, has been awarded the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant by the National Science Foundation.  This five-year grant, funded through the NSF Operations Engineering Program, is entitled “CAREER: Distribution Resource Elasticity: A New Hierarchical Approach for On-Demand Distribution Platforms.” 

The video of Professor Daniel Berg being interviewed was recorded over an hour at the INFORMS Conference in Houston last October. The interviewer is Professor Richard C. Larson of MIT. He tries successfully to trace the course of Berg's academic and professional development to see the connection to his becoming a Fellow in INFORMS.

David Mendonça has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Governors of IEEE's Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC) Society. IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE's SMC Society is a world-leading society for the advancement of theory and application in systems science and engineering, human-machine systems, and cybernetics. 

More information on IEEE and the SMC Society is available here:  

The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has made a new collaborative research award to Dr. Jennifer Pazour, Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer and Dr.

Institute News

TROY, N.Y. — Designing more efficient buildings could significantly decrease the nation’s energy consumption. In 2018 alone, homes and businesses consumed about 40% of the energy used in the United States.
TROY, N.Y. — From cell phones, to solar power, to electric cars, humanity is increasingly dependent on batteries. As demand for safe, efficient, and powerful energy storage continues to rise, so too does the call for promising alternatives to rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which have been the dominant technology in this space.
TROY, N.Y. — If new and promising semiconductor materials are to make it into our phones, computers, and other increasingly capable electronics, researchers must obtain greater control over how those materials function. In an article published today in Science Advances, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers detailed how they designed and synthesized a unique material with controllable capabilities that make it very promising for future electronics.
TROY, N.Y. — When Sergio Pequito thinks about the brain, he visualizes a piano. The keys represent different parts of the brain, and the pressure applied by the pianist’s fingers represents the outside stimuli that promote brain functions.
TROY, N.Y. — Farhan Gandhi, the Rosalind and John J. Redfern Jr. ’33 Endowed Chair in Aerospace Engineering, has been elected to the Class of 2020 Fellows of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He receives this honor for “pioneering research and academic leadership in the areas of reconfigurable vertical lift, advanced rotary-wing configurations, and adaptive aerospace structures.” He will be inducted during a ceremony on May 19, 2020, and further honored on May 20 at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala — both in Washington, D.C.