ISE News and Events

Jennifer Pazour, Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer, is the recipient of a 2017 Outstanding Recent Graduate Program from her undergraduate alma mater, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. 

The ISE Department welcomes Dr. Sérgio Pequito as an Assistant Professor starting on August 1. Sérgio obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and InstitutoSuperior Técnico, through the CMU-Portugal program, in 2014. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from the Instituto SuperiorTécnico in 2007 and 2009, respectively.  He was a postdoctoral researcher in General Robotics, Automation, Sensing & Perception Laboratory (GRASP lab) at University of Pennsylvania from 2014-2017.

RPI ISE Ph.D. student Aaron Rowen has accepted the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) fellowship. Aaron’s work will be sponsored by the US Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). 


The US Patent Number 9,655,564 titled Use of machine learning for classification of magneto cardiograms was granted on May 23, 2017 to Dr. Karsten Sternickel of Germany, Prof. Mark Embrechts of RPI (ISY) and Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski of RPI (NeST).  The patent is for the use of machine learning for pattern recognition in magnetocardiography (MCG). Magnetocardiography measures magnetic fields emitted by the electrophysiological activity of the heart and does not involve any radiation.

To most Americans, the NSA is an organization shrouded in secrecy, where the most clandestine of operations are carried out in the name of national security. Dr. Thomas Willemain, successful software entrepreneur and statistics professor, spent the equivalent of three years alternating between his life “outside” and working “inside” at the NSA and an affiliated, shadowy think tank.Once inside, Dr. Willemain would be challenged to adjust to life in an intense, complex and sometimes alien organization, while also encountering brilliant and quirky colleagues, the moral challenges of wielding math and statistics as weapons, a charming (if kitschy) gift shop, and ultimately, some of the most rewarding time of his career.A deeply personal account of the years spent within the most secretive organization in the world, Working on the Dark Side of the Moon explores the range of emotions an outsider experiences while crossing over to the “inside.” It also shows the positive side of an Agency whose secrecy hides dedicated men and women devoted to protecting the country while honoring the Constitution.Tom will be book signing on September 28th 6 pm to 8 pm at the Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza.

Institute News

Troy, NY – Recently, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $20 million in funding for 15 projects that will develop a new class of sensor systems to enable significant energy savings via reduced demand for heating and cooling in residential and commercial buildings.
Nanotechnology pioneer Richard W. Siegel, the Robert W. Hunt Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and founding director of the Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center, has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
Troy, N.Y. — Can you think about how and why we use water? Just ask the 12 elementary and middle school teams from the Capital Region that will compete in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Regional Qualifying Tournament on Dec. 16 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. More than 120 area students have been working together to use their imagination and creativity in combination with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to explore and solve a real-world human water cycle problem as their project.
Troy, N.Y. — Offshore wind is becoming a reality in the United States, especially in the northeast states. To support this development, the Center for Future Energy System (CFES) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will present a webinar titled “Turbine and Transmission System Technologies for Offshore Wind (OSW) Power Plants.” The program will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. Advance registration is required.
Amir Hirsa, professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering, and a group of undergraduate and graduate students recently returned from Sanford International Airport in Florida after completing an experiment in zero gravity. “I couldn’t have asked for better people—smarter, more talented, harder-working, or more creative to work with. The ones that weren’t flying were working on their aerodynamics homework in the aircraft hangar,” said Hirsa.