ISE News and Events

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

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.
Nanomaterials expert Ganpati Ramanath, the John Tod Horton ’52 Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been named a fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS) “for developing creative approaches to realize new nanomaterials via chemically directed nanostructure synthesis and assembly and for tailoring interfaces in electronics and energy applications using molecular nanolayers.”
Michael “Miki” Amitay, the James L. Decker ’45 Endowed Chair in Aerospace Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has received a grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to study the phenomenon of flow separation on aircraft wings, which could lead to improved aerodynamic performance in future-generation air vehicles.