|Leading by Example
Richard McNutt has been rated number one in the nation in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program out of a field of 4,000 students. A senior at Rensselaer, he excelled in a rating system that considered academics, fitness, and leadership. Known for never slacking off, McNutt maintains a 4.0 grade point average with dual majors in biophysics and biochemistry, can run two miles in 12 minutes, and leads by example. He was recently profiled in the Times Union.
Building Better Body Parts
Tiny three-dimensional scaffolds of bioengineered tissue hold promise for the replacement of damaged body parts or entire organs. Jan Stegemann, a biomedical engineer, is developing a blood vessel embedded in a matrix of collagen and fibrin to study how the cell's function changes in a non-native environment. His findings will lead to a better understanding of how to build biological structures that can become fully formed and functional implantable tissue.
Obstacles and Entrepreneurs
Rensselaer alumnus John J. McDonnell Jr., CEO of Transaction Network Services, cautioned students that every young business runs into some problem. It's how you react to the unplanned, unforeseen obstacles that determines how successful your business is, he said. McDonnell was just named Rensselaers Entrepreneur of the Year.
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.
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 weeks conference produced a list of recommended actions to strengthen Americas 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.