ISE News and Events

Professor Cheng Hsu is elected an Outstanding Alumnus of Year 2013 by his alma mater, Tunghai University. He will receive the Award at the university's 58th anniversary ceremony on November 3rd in Taichung, Taiwan. Tunghai University, founded by the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia in 1955, is the top-ranked private university in Taiwan and a leader among dozens of sister universities also founded by the United Board in Japan, Korea, and a number of other Asian countries.

Martha Grabowski, Research Professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering, will share her research insight on the interactions, vulnerabilities and risks of technology and people in safety- and mission-critical large-scale systems, in the high reliability systems with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on September 10, 2013.

Thomas Sharkey, an assistant professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at RPI, has received a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The IME Student’s Chapter of IIE has won the Gold Award for the fifth time within the past six years. This great accomplishment was made possible by the hard work of the officers led by Ron Nipay the chapter’s president in 2012. By joining the IIE students get access to many benefits including network opportunities, subscription to the IIE magazine, discount price for attending regional and national, free access to webinars conferences, discounted training, awards, scholarships and much more.

Graduates from Rensselaer’s Industrial and Management Engineering program have continued to do exceptionally well in job placement in the past year.
Major industrial, technology, and healthcare companies who have hired IME graduates in 2012 and 2013 include Boeing, Boston Medical Center, Corning, Cummings Engine, GlobalFoundries, Google, Hartford Insurance, Hitachi, John Deere, Loreal, Nestle, Philips, Procter and Gamble, Schlumberger, Stryker, Target, United Technologies, Vinroyal, William K. Construction, W.L. Gore, and Xerox.

Institute News

A major byproduct in the papermaking industry is lignosulfonate, a sulfonated carbon waste material, which is typically combusted on site, releasing CO2 into the atmosphere after sulfur has been captured for reuse. Now researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a method to use this cheap and abundant paper biomass to build a rechargeable lithium-sulfur battery. Such a battery could be used to power big data centers as well as provide a cheaper energy-storage option for microgrids and the traditional electric grid.
Rechargeable lithium-ion, the dominant battery technology for portable electronics, is increasingly becoming the battery of choice for electric-vehicle and electric-grid energy-storage applications. In a lithium-ion battery, the cathode (positive electrode) is a lithium metal oxide while the anode (negative electrode) is graphite. But researchers are looking for ways to replace graphite with lithium metal as the anode to boost the battery’s energy density.
Four innovative leaders from the worlds of music, international security, genomic science, and manufacturing will address graduates at the 2018 Commencement Ceremony at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on May 19, 2018.
 A record total of 20,377 high school students have filed applications to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute this fall, according to numbers released by the Rensselaer Office of Admissions. This year’s total represents an increase of 5 percent over last year’s numbers.
Data is a critical building block of a fast-approaching future, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is ensuring that all of its students are adept architects with the adoption of a new institute-wide requirement in data education.