ISE News and Events

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).

Mathworks highlights the user story of ISE Head, John Wen: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Speeds the Development of Robotic Control Systems . Rethink Robotics produced a video of a Robot Assistant Jamster prototyped by John Wen and colleagues.

ISE Emeritus Professor Daniel Berg was honored with the Siwei Cheng Award at the International Academy of Information Technology and Quantitative Management ( ITQM) held on June 3-5 in Moscow, Russia. The award was named after Dr. Siwei Cheng, a renowned economist in China. Dr. Cheng personally presented the award to Dr. Dan Berg at ITQM 2014.

The Class of 2014 has another banner year in terms of job placement. ISE graduates will work in SABIC Engineering, Factset Research Systems, Deloitte, Regeneron, WL Gore, 1010data, Etransmedia, Loreal, Hartford Financial Group, Cisco, Apple, Goldman Sachs, Nestle, Schlumberger, Paull, Amphenol RF, IBM, Ralpha Lauren, US Postal Service, GlobalFoundries, Extreme Molding, Quest Global, Exxon-Mobile, US Marine Corp, UTC Aerosystems, Capital IQ. Several will go on with graduate schools, including RPI, University of Southern California, University of Kent.

ISE celebrated the 2014 graduating class with the commencement luncheon on May 22. Congratulations to the 41 Industrial and Management Engineering graduates!  Picture shows class of 2014 with advisor Cheng Hsu.

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Institute News

In high school, Joseph Vengen faced adversity and suffering every day. Born completely deaf, he received his first cochlear implant as a toddler. The technology opened doors but has limitations in noisy environments.
Powerful hurricanes and earthquakes have wreaked havoc in the United States and around the world in recent years, often leaving people stranded for months and even years without access to water, food, and shelter. A unique collaborative project at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute seeks to provide a sustainable solution, while also considering the environment.
Heat pipes are devices to keep critical equipment from overheating. They transfer heat from one point to another through an evaporation-condensation process and are used in everything from cell phones and laptops to air conditioners and spacecraft.   Normally, heat pipes contain porous metal wicks that return liquid to the heated end of the pipe where it evaporates. But engineers are working to develop wickless heat pipes that are lighter and more reliable. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute initiated the Constrained Vapor Bubble (CVB) project to study these wickless heat pipes for use in near-zero gravity environments for aerospace applications.  
Aquaporins are proteins that serve as water channels to regulate the flow of water across biological cell membranes. They also remove excess salt and impurities in the body, and it is this aspect that has led to much interest in recent years in how to mimic the biochemical processes of aquaporins potentially for water desalination systems.   An international team of researchers co-led by Georges Belfort has discovered water, in the form of “water wires,” contained in another molecule—the imidazole—a nitrogen-based organic compound that could be used as a potential building block for artificial aquaporins. The findings were recently published in Science Advances by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Belfort is Institute Professor and professor of chemical and biological engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Jennifer Pazour, assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been named an inaugural recipient of the Johnson & Johnson Women in STEM2D (WiSTEM2D) Scholars Award.