MSE News and Events

Robert W. Messler, Jr., Ph.D., FASM, FAWS, has authored more than a hundred technical papers and seven other engineering books. A Practical Guide to Welding Solutions is the logical complement to his renowned Principles of Welding.
Michael Deagen (Ph.D., December 2018) received the Rensselaer Founders Award of Excellence at the Honors Convocation ceremony on October 20, 2018. Established in 1994, the Founders Award "honors students who embody qualities of creativity, discovery, leadership, and the values of pride and responsibility at Rensselaer."

In a discovery that could pave the way for new materials and applications, materials scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that oscillating loads at certain frequencies can lead to several-fold increases in the strength of composites with an interface that is modified by a molecular layer of “nanoglue.”

This distinction is meant to honor young researchers who have made significant contributions to their respective fields within Polymer Science and Engineering.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ranks sixth nationally in its overall engineering program, according to rankings published by College Factual, a source of data analytics and insights on college outcomes.

Institute News

TROY, N.Y. —Understanding how the brain reacts to acceleration is essential to designing more effective protective equipment and strategies for preventing traumatic brain injury, or TBI.

TROY, N.Y. — Music and science will converge on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute during a two-day celebration of Indian classical music beginning May 2.

The Rensselaer community is invited to two events featuring the award-winning vocalist, and scientist, Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande.

TROY, N.Y. — A team of researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is building a semi-autonomous trash collector for space, which they have fittingly named OSCaR. (You can see OSCaR here) The acronym stands for “Obsolete Spacecraft Capture and Removal,” and it’s a creative solution to an increasingly dangerous and costly problem that is literally encompassing the globe.

TROY, N.Y. — Creating a lithium-ion battery that can charge in a matter of minutes but still operate at a high capacity is possible, according to research from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute just published in Nature Communications. This development has the potential to improve battery performance for consumer electronics, solar grid storage, and electric vehicles.  

TROY, N.Y. — A wide-eyed, soft-spoken robot named Pepper motors around the Intelligent Systems Lab at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. One of the researchers tests Pepper, making various gestures as the robot accurately describes what he’s doing. When he crosses his arms, the robot identifies from his body language that something is off. 

“Hey, be friendly to me,” Pepper says.