Physics Applied Physics and Astronomy Rensselaers Department of Physics Applied Physics and Astronomy prepares undergraduates to contribute to new concepts and technologies through innovative teaching methods that combine student-faculty interactions computer-based education and hands-on experience in modern laboratories. The department conducts both fundamental and applied research often in collaboration with researchers from other Rensselaer departments other universities industry or the national laboratories. Degrees Offered B.S. M.S. Ph.D. ResearchConcentration Areas Energy science Microelectronics Nanotechnology and materials Nuclear science Optics Space science Astronomy Astrophysics Biophysics Condensed matter physics Optical physics Particle physics Resources Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies This research center and labora- tory ranks among the worlds most advanced facilities focused on the application of engineering and the physical and information sciences to the life sciences. Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center EMPAC EMPAC provides students research- ers and artists with opportunities to link the arts with leading-edge research simulation and data visualization. Scientific Computation Research Center SCOREC SCOREC is focused on the inter- disciplinary development of reliable simulation technologies for scientists medical professionals engineers and other practitioners. Cogswell Laboratory Equipped with modern computer- controlled instruments providing hands-on experience with equipment similar to that found in industrial and research laboratories. Data Science Research Center This center acquires processes analyzes models visualizes and simulates complex data to close the data-to-knowledge gap across multiple time and length scales. Center for Computational Innovations CCI The CCI supercomputing center is enabling key nanotechnology innova- tions in energy biotechnology new materials arts and medicine. Hirsch Observatory The Hirsch Observatory is located atop the Jonsson-Rowland Sci- ence Center and has been serving students researchers and the public since 1942. Inverse Problems Center Inverse problems addressed in this center include medical and molecu- lar imaging geophysical fault identifi- cation bridge embankment and dike integrity and radar imaging. Rensselaer Center for Open Source Software The center provides a creative intellectual and entrepreneurial outlet for students to use the latest open-source software platforms to develop applications that solve societal problems. Darrin Fresh Water Institute DFWI The DFWI operates an advanced field station situated on the crystal- line Lake George at the foot of the Adirondack Mountains. The DFWI is widely regarded for its all-encom- passing study of freshwaters. New York Center for Astrobiology Supported by NASA the center is devoted to investigating the origins of life on Earth and the conditions that lead to formation of habitable planets in our own and other solar systems. Network Science and Technology Center The center is focused on the funda- mental research and engineering of natural and technological networks ranging from social and cognitive networks to computer networks. Rensselaer Exploratory Center for Cheminformatics Research Dedicated to advancing the field of cheminformatics and increasing the availability of new methods within the cheminformatics user community. Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center Researching Web-based social net- works and the behaviors that govern their dynamics the centers current work is focused on fundamental sci- ence and its applications.