ISE News and Events

David Mendonça, an Associate Professor in ISE, is now serving as director of the National Science Foundation's program in Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events. Throughout this program's long history, it has supported foundational research on the interaction between human and technological systems in the context of hazard mitigation and disaster response. Mendonça is the first ISE faculty member to serve as an NSF program officer. His research has previously been supported by multiple NSF grants, including a CAREER award for his work on improvisation in emergency response.

ISE Faculty Thomas C. Sharkey has been awarded the 2015 Rensselaer Alumni Association Teaching Award. The RAA Teaching Award was created in 1994 by the Rensselaer Alumni Association Board of Trustees and is designed to recognize current members of the Rensselaer Faculty for their outstanding teaching techniques, contributions to the campus experience and commitment to students. Professor Sharkey has a set of video tutorial on YouTube about operations research methods http://homepages.rpi.edu/~sharkt/ORMVideos.html.

ISE welcomes Dr. Jennifer Pazour joining Rensselaer as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Pazour received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 2006, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from University of Arkansas in 2008 and 2011, respectively. She joined University of Central Florida (UCF) in August 2011. She received the prestigious Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award in 2013. She was also named the CAE Link Faculty Fellow from the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences at UCF from July 2012 to August 2014.

ISE Associate Professor David Mendonça and Cognitive Science Professor Wayne Gray recently received an RPI Presidential Graduate Fellowship to support groundbreaking research on teamwork in high tempo, adversarial environments. The project will employ data from the online game League of Legends (LoL). With approximately 70 million registered players and 12 million daily players, LoL is the most popular game in the world.

Rensselaer Engineering Dean Shekhar Garde and ISE Head John Wen visited Albuquerque, New Mexico, on July 15. An alumni reception was held together with the Sandia National Lab with alumni spanning 50 years. Director of the Sandia Lab, Dr. Paul Homert, (class of 72, Aero), last day before his retirement, gave a welcome speech. Dean Garde described the latest initiatives and news in the School of Engineering. Prof.

Institute News

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (EMPAC) will celebrate a decade of adventurous programming at the intersection of art, science, and technology, October 11-13, 2018. The celebration, 10 YEARS, will commemorate the opening of the landmark performing-arts/research center in 2008. Over the past decade EMPAC has commissioned, produced, and presented an internationally renowned lineup of cross-genre performances. The events will include newly commissioned productions by artists Maria Hassabi, Isabelle Pauwels, Yara Travieso, Wu Tsang and boychild, as well as performances by Formosa Quartet, International Contemporary Ensemble, Trajal Harrell, and more.
A new research center focused on vertical flight has been launched at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Under the leadership of Farhan Gandhi, the Rosalind and John J. Redfern Jr. ’33 Professor of Engineering, MOVE—The Center for Mobility with Vertical Lift—will pursue cutting-edge research in vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft technologies.
A recent paper authored published in Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders discussed a test that can predict with approximately 90 percent accuracy whether a pregnant mother has a 1.7 percent or a tenfold increased risk of having a child diagnosed with ASD.
How do we keep the lines of communication open in the face of disaster? Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is serving up fresh ideas as part of the “Call for Code” hackathon challenge in partnership with IBM, David Clark Cause, United Nations Human Rights, and The American Red Cross.
John Christian, assistant professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been elected to the Class of 2019 Associate Fellows of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). His formal induction will take place during the Associate Fellows Recognition Ceremony at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition Jan. 7, 2019, in San Diego, California.