Innovation at Rensselaer

Media Highlights: Insights from Innovators

Rensselaer experts (current researchers and graduates) cultivate creativity across many fields of inquiry:

Cascading Outages

Reducing Unintended Collateral Damage in Military Operations
Professor Boleslaw Szymanski and Professor Gyorgy Korniss from Rensselaer have developed techniques to show an anticipated outage as it cascades through large-scale infrastructure networks.
Thrust Area 2 Success Stories

Adaptive Technology

A big assist from Jamster
Professors John Wen and Jonas Braasch are adapting the technology of industrial robots — those that work on assembly lines in automated factories — to handle a wide range of tasks in the home. (See also, earlier Media Highlight.)
The Times Union

LED Lighting

Bright Idea: How Blue LEDs Changed the World
Blue LEDs, in combination with red and green LEDs (which had been discovered previously), make it possible to produce white light. This kind of lighting is much more energy-efficient and has a longer life span than conventional incandescent lights, said Christian Wetzel, a physicist at Rensselaer.

Professor E. Fred Schubert was cited by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences earlier this month, when the group announced the winners of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Blue LEDs – Filling the world with new light
Popular Science Background


Efficient Blue Light-Emitting Diodes Leading To Bright And Energy-Saving White Light Sources
Scientific Background on the Nobel Prize in Physics 2014

Our Digital Future

Mapping the Future of Education
President Shirley Ann Jackson envisions a new model – what she calls the “New Polytechnic” – of working and learning that is required in this “data-driven, computationally powered, globally networked era.”
The World Economic Forum

Op-ed (President Shirley Ann Jackson): The New Polytechnic: Preparing to Lead in the Digital Economy
“Data is being generated by each of us, about each of us, and collected all around each of us. It is the new natural resource of the 21st century. As with all valuable resources, it is important how we generate it, how we mine it, how we manage it, how we preserve it, and how we connect it.”
U.S. News & World Report

Electric Bacteria

The hunt for electric bacteria to power tiny devices
“We have so much to learn,” says Yuri Gorby, a microbiologist at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.... Over the last decade researchers have known about a handful of bacteria --geobacter and shewanella being the most studied -- that gobble up and pass on electrons....Where it's really a beautiful phenomena is that it's apparently distributed throughout the microbial world." As the research develops, he sees a world of medical and agricultural systems where the last few millimeters of electric current and, since the bacteria also have resistive qualities, computations, are done with bacteria.

Toxin Detection Through Lighting

Cutting Emissions with Light? Copenhagen Adopts Smart Street Lamps

Robert Karlicek, the director of the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center at Rensselaer, told New Scientist that these lamps could even help monitor city life, sensing potentially dangerous toxins in the air or noticing peculiar street activity that may warrant police attention. "Really smart street light systems are going to be much more about the sensors the street lights have, than the LEDs that happen to be in them. The technology is getting very mature very quickly," he said.
Nature World News