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James Tien '66 James Tien Named Yamada Corporation Professor
James Tien '66 has been named the Yamada Corporation Professor at Rensselaer. Tien, chair and professor of the Department of Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems, is internationally known for research that includes systems modeling, public policy, decision analysis, and information systems. An elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest honors accorded an engineer, Tien twice served as acting dean of Rensselaer's School of Engineering.
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Counter Attack  (PDF file)
A kitchen counter that attacks germs? That’s just one possibility for hybrid materials that combine biological and non-biological substances. Rensselaer’s Jonathan Dordick is using nanotechnology to develop self-cleaning plastics  in which embedded enzymes destroy the ability of pathogens to bind to a  surface. His research is profiled in the November issue of Technology Review.

Nuclear Future
The looming shortage of a qualified nuclear workforce and the need to strengthen collaborations between universities, industry, and government were the subject of a major conference sponsored by Rensselaer, the Nuclear Energy Institute, and the U.S. Department of Energy. This week’s conference produced a list of recommended actions to strengthen America’s preparedness in research and education.

One of the 50 Most Important Women in Science
President Shirley Ann Jackson has been named one of the “50 Most Important Women in Science” by Discover magazine. The women were chosen from across scientific disciplines for their groundbreaking scientific discoveries, their leadership, and their fearlessness in shattering the scientific glass ceiling.

Patent Mending
Patents for a key step in making microbial cellulose have been donated to Rensselaer by Kimberly-Clark Worldwide. Microbial cellulose holds significant promise for use in healing human tissue. The donated patents have been licensed to Xylos Corporation, an Incubator company founded by Rensselaer alumni.

Director of Center for Integrated Electronics Named
Omkaram “Om” Nalamasu, an international expert in micro- and nanoelectronics, has been named director of the Center for Integrated Electronics — a major research hub with approximately $8.7 million of funded research annually. Nalamasu hails from  AT&T Bell Laboratories, Bell Laboratories/Lucent Technologies, and Agere Systems where he managed R&D, technology transfer and commercialization, and intellectual property.

Nano-Junction
Pulickel Ajayan, a professor of materials science and engineering at Rensselaer, has discovered a molecular-scale welding method that may be the first step in creating ultra-strong materials or tiny chip circuitry. The breakthrough is featured in Business Week's “Developments to Watch.”

Woman Driver
The Boston Globe profiles Erin Crocker, the winningest female driver in the history of Empire Super Sprints. Crocker, an engineering student at Rensselaer, is the only woman in a division where she ranks seventh among 76 drivers.

A Marriage Made in China
The U.S.-China Security Review Commission is missing a golden opportunity to harness China's emerging brainpower, says Denis Simon, dean of Rensselaer’s Lally School of Management and Technology. In an editorial in The South China Morning Post, Simon says: “Simply engaging China is not enough. The U.S. must propose marriage.”
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