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Members of the Rensselaer student hackathon organization, dubbed “HackRPI,” view hacking as use of technology to create something that’s never been used before. Over 500 students will participate in a 24-hour “hackathon” this weekend. 


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hosted John O. Brennan, director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), for a conversation on “Technological Change and National Security” with Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson on Friday, November 4.

Congratulations to our MSE Material Advantage students for receiving the 2015-2016 Most Outstanding Chapter Award at MS&T, Materials Science & Technology 2016 Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah from October 23-27, 2016.


Prof. Ganpati Ramanath, John Tod Horton Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) upon the recommendation of the Division of Materials Physics.

It’s a small change that makes a big difference. Researchers have developed a method that uses a one-degree change in temperature to alter the color of light that a semiconductor emits. 

As signs of autumn such as falling leaves and cool weather days can be found across the Rensselaer campus, the university will be buzzing with activity as thousands of Rensselaer families are expected to visit Oct. 21-23 to celebrate Family Weekend

Associate Professor Dan Lewis is teaching this new course “Applied Mathematical Methods in Materials” (MTLE 4720).  Topics include linear algebra, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, tensor operations, symmetry operations, integral transformations, numerical methods and calculus of variations.

Ravishankar Sundararaman is now the fifth assistant professor to join the department in five years, underscoring the rapid expansion of our vibrant interdisciplinary team of faculty members.  He received his PhD in Physics from Cornell University in 2013, where he worked with Prof. Tomas Arias on the development of computational methods based on density-functional theory (DFT) to predict properties of electronic materials in liquid environments, with applications to battery and fuel cell materials. 

Rensselaer once again ranks among the best universities in the United States, according to rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. This is the highest rank for the Institute in the last 11 years.