Lally School of Management and Technology
New Dean Takes the Reins
David Gautschi has been named dean of the Lally School of Management and Technology. Most recently principal and director of research at CCG Group LLC, Gautschi has had a long and significant career in the academic and business arena.
Tiny Brushes Have Big Impact
Researchers at Rensselaer have created a line of brushes whose bristles, made from carbon nanotubes, are so small that a thousand of them could fit inside a strand of hair.
Class of 2009
A Rensselaer undergraduate team has won the 2005 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Award in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling, besting competitors from Harvard University, MIT, and others.
Change the World Challenge Begins
Entrepreneur Sean O’Sullivan ’85 has donated $1 million to create the “Change the World Challenge,” an initiative to support entrepreneurship education and stimulate ideas to improve the human condition. The program was officially launched Sept. 17 with the first round of $1,000 awards presented to five Rensselaer students.
Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center
EMPAC 360 Dazzles Crowd
Rensselaer’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) marked the midpoint between groundbreaking and opening with a sunset performance around the site on Sept. 8. A crowd of approximately 2,000 including students, faculty, staff, families, and members of the Troy community attended the evening presentation that featured local, national, and international performers.
Lighting Research Center
Redefining Roadway Lighting Guidelines
The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer has been awarded a contract from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), a division of the National Research Council’s Transportation Research Board (TRB), to redefine national roadway lighting guidelines. The three-year, $800,000 project is designed to improve the operational efficiency of roadway lighting and reduce automobile crashes.
Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering
Rensselaer researchers are developing a tiny, highly efficient heat spreader to be used in a new device to be implanted in the brains of patients who suffer from severe epileptic seizures. The implant device is designed to detect and arrest epileptic seizures as they begin by cooling a small region of the brain, thereby effectively blocking the erratic electrical activity.
Fuel Cell Research
As part of its continued expansion of energy research, Rensselaer has launched a $4.8 million novel interdisciplinary program to train doctoral students in fuel cell science and engineering. The program is supported by a $3.2 million, first-of-its-kind fuel cell research education grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) combined with a $1.6 million investment by Rensselaer.
Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy
Mapping the Milky Way
Heidi Newberg, associate professor of physics, applied physics, and astronomy, is chairing the science working group of a new project focused on mapping the Milky Way Galaxy’s structure and stellar makeup and compiling data on its origins and evolution. The recently announced Milky Way survey project, the Sloan Extension for Galactic Understanding and Exploration (SEGUE), is one of three new projects included in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey II (SDSS-II), a three-year extension of a scientific undertaking that will complete the largest survey of the universe.
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Students Compete in Car Challenge
Five Rensselaer chemical and biological engineering undergraduates traveled to Glasgow, Scotland, to compete in the International Chem-E-Car Challenge on July 10. The Rensselaer team was one of three U.S. teams in the competition, which included a dozen teams from universities around the world.