Call for Code Hackathon: Natural Disaster Preparedness and Relief Code Challenge

How do we keep the lines of communication open in the face of disaster? Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is serving up fresh ideas as part of the “Call for Code” hackathon challenge in partnership with IBM, David Clark Cause, United Nations Human Rights, and The American Red Cross. This weekend, Rensselaer and the Rensselaer Center for Open Source (RCOS) will host a 24-hour hackathon dedicated to the 2018 Call for Code disaster preparedness and mitigation theme.

John Christian Named AIAA Associate Fellow

John Christian, assistant professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been elected to the Class of 2019 Associate Fellows of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). His formal induction will take place during the Associate Fellows Recognition Ceremony at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition Jan. 7, 2019, in San Diego, California.

The Class of 2022 Is Heading to Troy

This weekend, 1,796 new students will make their way to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to start the next stage of their academic careers. The first-year students hail from 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. As a reflection of the global reach of Rensselaer, almost 300 students come from countries around the world. The new students will move in on Saturday, August 25. Classes begin on Thursday, Aug. 30.

Jefferson Project Monitoring Harmful Algal Bloom on Skaneateles Lake

Lake George, N.Y. – The world’s most advanced environmental monitoring system – developed through The Jefferson Project at Lake George – is being used to understand and protect Skaneateles Lake, a central New York drinking water source now threatened by toxic algae. Building on a connection through the New York State Harmful Algal Bloom (HABs) Initiative launched in late 2017, the Jefferson Project installed a custom-designed robotic sensing platform on Skaneateles, and began collecting data just prior to an early-August HABs event this year.

Developing a Better Understanding of Sustainable Urban Freight Systems

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is hosting the 2018 Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) Advanced Studies Institute on Sustainable Urban Freight Systems (VASI-SUFS) Aug. 4-11. The VASI-SUFS will bring together a select group of junior faculty, post-docs, and advanced Ph.D. students who are conducting research on sustainable urban freight systems.

Stochasticity – Inherent Fluctuations in Materials Merit Exploration

Scientists and engineers who work with materials – metals, polymers, ceramics, composites, and glasses – know that at some scale, predictive ability breaks down amid the fluctuations known as “stochasticity.” On the atomic scale for example, even the most perfect crystal has thermodynamic fluctuations, in the form of “point defects” – atoms missing from the crystal lattice.

Department of Energy Invests $64 Million in Advanced Nuclear Technology

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced nearly $64 million in awards for advanced nuclear energy technology to DOE national laboratories, industry, and 39 U.S. universities in 29 states. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been awarded $800,000 for analysis of nuclear power plants’ accident propagation and mitigation processes.

Aeronautical Engineering Students Share First Place in AIAA Paper Competition

Two aeronautical engineering students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute shared first place in the 2018 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Multidisciplinary Design Optimization student paper competition. Graduate students Jared Crean and Alp Dener tied for first place and were each awarded $1,500.