ISE News and Events

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.
The maritime industry faces the triple challenge of growing the capacity of the marine transportation system while minimizing the environmental impact of that growth, and safely managing the increasing complexity of the systems needed to support the growth of global supply chains.
Jennifer Pazour, Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer, is the recipient of a 2017 Outstanding Recent Graduate Program from her undergraduate alma mater, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. 
The ISE Department welcomes Dr. Sérgio Pequito as an Assistant Professor starting on August 1. Sérgio obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and InstitutoSuperior Técnico, through the CMU-Portugal program, in 2014. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from the Instituto SuperiorTécnico in 2007 and 2009, respectively.  He was a postdoctoral researcher in General Robotics, Automation, Sensing & Perception Laboratory (GRASP lab) at University of Pennsylvania from 2014-2017.
RPI ISE Ph.D. student Aaron Rowen has accepted the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) fellowship. Aaron’s work will be sponsored by the US Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).   

Institute News

Heart disease and cancer are the leading causes of death in the United States, and it’s increasingly understood that they share common risk factors, including tobacco use, diet, blood pressure, and obesity. Thus, a diagnostic tool that could screen for cardiovascular disease while a patient is already being screened for cancer has the potential to expedite a diagnosis, accelerate treatment, and improve patient outcomes. 
The way that air moves over, around, or under an aircraft can greatly affect its aerodynamics. When air flow separates from the wings of a plane, for instance, the change in pressure on the vehicle can reduce pilot control or cause the aircraft to stall out. The development of more effective air flow control techniques depends on a better understanding of flow separation that occurs around aircraft of different shapes and sizes.
Fouling is a natural phenomenon that describes the tendency of proteins in water to adhere to nearby surfaces. It’s what causes unwanted deposits of protein to form during some food production or on biomedical implants, causing them to fail. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are harnessing this process, which is typically considered a persistent challenge, to develop a versatile and accessible approach for modifying solid surfaces.
The surface of a pristine, transparent freshwater lake may not reveal to ecologists the reality of what’s occurring in its depths. Evaluating the cumulative effects of climate change, pollutants, acidification, or invasive species requires more precise methods. But even the most dynamic and sensitive sensors commonly used today are not always able to tell researchers what they need to know.
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.