ISE News and Events

ISE Department Head John Wen hosted an afternoon tea for Rensselaer alumni at the Okura Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan, on August 23. Over 20 RPI alumni and their family attended the gathering. The graduation years span 1980 to 2010. There is now an RPI Taiwan Alumni LinkedIn Page . There is also strong interest to form an RPI Taiwan Alumni chapter.

The 2014 ISE Newsletter maybe viewed here . Highlights: Tom Sharkey's research on supply chain and infrastructure restoration, David Mendonca's work on teamwork in large scale disaster response, Jennifer Ryan's work on semiconductor manufacturing scheduling and inventory management in aircraft engines maintenance, Martha Grabowski's National Academy report on Arctic oil spill response, and Mark Embrechts' course and research related to Big Data.

ISE Associate Professor David Mendonça, in collaboration with Martha Grabowski of ISE, was recently awarded a three-year $337k grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate teamwork in organizations following large-scale disasters. Using data from debris clearance operations following a series of calamitous tornado storms in Alabama in 2011, this work will investigate how team-level processes contribute to overall performance of the debris removal mission.

David Mendonça Ph.D., '01, Associate Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering gave an ENGtalk entitled " Network Improvisation in Emergency Response: An Application to Debris Removal Operations ." ( ENGtalk : Little lectures on big ideas from Rensselaer engineers: selected faculty present brief lectures on some of the hottest topics in engineering.)

ISE Faculty Mark Embrechts is awarded US Patent # 8,744,557 on June 3, 2014 for his co-invention "Use of Machine Learning for Magetocariograms." This patent resulted from a collaboration between Prof. Embrechts and CardioMag Imaging in Latham, NY. ISE Faculty John Wen is awarded US Patent # 8.746,310 on June 10, 2014 for his co-invention "System and method for probe-based high precision spatial orientation control and assembly of parts for microassembly using computer vision." This patent resulted from a collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Institute News

Nuclear engineering expert George Xu, the Edward E. Hood Jr. Endowed Chair of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been selected to receive the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award of the Health Physics Society. The award will be given during the 2018 Annual Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, July 15-19 at the Huntington Cleveland Convention Center.
One year after researchers published their work on a physiological test for autism, a follow-up study confirms its exceptional success in assessing whether a child is on the autism spectrum.
 Li (Emily) Liu, associate professor of nuclear engineering and engineering physics in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to receive a $1.8 million award to study high-temperature molten-salt properties and corrosion mechanisms. This award is part of a $72 million funding program to advance concentrating solar power (CSP) research, a power plant technology that could reduce the cost of solar energy.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hosted the first annual Workshop on Image-Based Modeling and Navigation for Space Applications June 4-5 on campus.
For the second year in a row, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute earthquake engineering experts Ricardo Dobry and Tarek Abdoun have been selected by the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to receive the Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award. The award is presented to the author or authors of a paper published by the ASCE judged worthy of special commendation for its merit as a contribution to geotechnical engineering.