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At Rensselaer

Biomedical Engineering
Supporting the Heart
Jan Stegemann, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, is combining nanotechnology and tissue engineering to develop new cellular tissue that can bridge and support damaged regions of the cardiovascular system.

Future Chips Constellation
LEDs Promise To Transform Lighting
A Rensselaer research team has created a new type of reflector that has dramatically improved LED (light-emitting diode) luminance. The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded the research team a three-year, $210,000 grant to move the patented omni-directional reflector to market.

Homeland Security
Using carbon nanotubes designed to detect toxic gases and chemical warfare agents, Rensselaer researchers are taking the development of nanoscale chemical sensors to a new level.

Lally School of Management and Technology
New Approach to MBA Curriculum
The Lally School of Management and Technology introduced students to its new non-traditional MBA curriculum in a non-traditional way — with an Apprentice-like sales competition in which students created a drink product and took it to a local supermarket to see which team could make the most sales.

New Coatings for Better Travel on Earth
Rensselaer researchers received a $1 million grant, as part of a $2.5 million joint research project with the University of Florida, to develop a new generation of synthetic lubricant coatings for future aircraft and spacecraft.

Neighborhood Renewal Initiative
Here Comes the Neighborhood!
As part of its ongoing multimillion-dollar Neighborhood Renewal Initiative (NRI), Rensselaer continues to move forward on several community projects, including helping neighbors bring their homes up to standard and renovating properties for quality student housing.

Earth & Environmental Sciences
Beneath the Antarctic
Anahita Tikku, a research scientist in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Rensselaer, and scientists from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University have developed the first map of water depth in Lake Vostok, which lies between 3,700 and 4,300 meters (more than two miles) below the continental Antarctic ice sheet and is roughly the size of Lake Ontario.

Sports Report
Athletics Honored for Academic Success
Eight Rensselaer student-athletes have been honored as National Academic All-Americans for the 2003-04 school year.

Class of 2008
What I Did on My Summer Vacation
Rensselaer’s newest students, the Class of 2008, were given a fun assignment even before they arrived on campus. The first-year students were challenged to use their creativity to take a photo of themselves — with a Rensselaer red pennant — doing something this summer.

Efficient Filters
Researchers at Rensselaer and Banaras Hindu University (India) have devised a simple method to produce carbon nanotube filters that efficiently remove micro- to nanoscale contaminants from water and heavy hydrocarbons from petroleum.

High-Tech Safety Device Plan
“Becoming lost and disoriented as a result of being separated from a crew is a major firefighter safety issue,” says Ryan O’Donnell ’04, 22-year-old CEO and co-founder of TekAlert. The technology start-up company won the 2004 Tech Valley Collegiate Business Plan Competition for its plan to develop and market the Team Accountability Buddy System® (TABS).

Research Roundup

Commitment to Biomolecular Training
Rensselaer has launched a new $1.59 million commitment to train doctoral students in biomolecular science and engineering. The initiative is supported by a $780,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health combined with $814,000 in matching funds from Rensselaer. The interdisciplinary program involves the departments of biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry and chemical biology, and chemical and biological engineering. The program, which begins this fall, will be conducted jointly with the Wadsworth Center of the New York State Department of Health.

New Framework for Automation Design
Researchers at Rensselaer and the University of Pennsylvania have developed a precise set of guidelines to improve the development of automated manufacturing and robotic systems. The new framework will potentially reduce the time and cost of designing automated manufacturing and robotic systems used for many purposes, including assembly, part-feeding, and material handling. “Previously, designers of automated manufacturing and robotic systems developed prototypes using intuition gained by trial and error. With the new framework, designers have a precise set of guides to use in prototyping and refining automated manufacturing systems and robotic devices,” says Jeff Trinkle, professor and chairman of computer science at Rensselaer. Trinkle is one of the researchers and authors of a paper that won the Kayamori Best Automation Paper Award, sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Enhancing Semiconductor Materials
Rensselaer, as part of a multi-university research team, was recently awarded a Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grant for $465,000 to enhance semiconductor materials. Michael Shur, the Patricia W. and C. Sheldon Roberts ’48 Professor of Solid State Electronics, is working with a group of researchers from across the country to develop epitaxial multifunction materials for use in semiconductors.

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