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Academy of Electronic Media
Portable Laboratory
Rensselaer’s Academy of Electronic Media is developing a first-of-its-kind “mobile studio” for engineering students. Using wireless technology, the studio will allow combined lecture and lab work anywhere on or off campus.

Architecture
Students Design Homes for Haiti
Earlier this year, Haiti was ravaged by Hurricane Ivan and Tropical Storm Jeanne. In November, Rensselaer hosted a charette called “Haiti: 8x8x40” competition where teams of Rensselaer students designed housing and community complexes using standard steel shipping containers.

Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies
Events Mark Opening of Biotech Center
Using carbon nanotubes designed to detect toxic gases and chemical warfare agents, Rensselaer researchers are taking the development of nanoscale chemical sensors to a new level.

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Ground Monitoring
Tarek Abdoun, assistant professor and manager of Rensselaer’s Geotechnical Centrifuge Research Center, is leading a team of scientists to develop a wireless sensor designed to warn against geotechnical hazards such as earthquakes, landslides, and floods.

Dialogue
From Hockey to Harfan: Joe Juneau ’91
After 12 seasons in the National Hockey League, former Rensselaer ice hockey standout (and aeronautical engineering major) Joe Juneau ’91 has started a new career as a partner and account executive with Harfan Technologies, an engineering technology company that develops infrastructure asset management solutions for the private and public sector. Juneau visited campus in October to discuss Harfan.

National Media Attention
Rensselaer in the News
Rensselaer research and people continue to garner national media attention. Following are some recent mentions.

Center for Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Research
Exploring Energy (link coming soon!)
Rensselaer has formed a new Center for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research. Under the leadership of Glenn Eisman, former chief technology officer at Plug Power Inc., the center will focus on basic research essential to the commercial viability of fuel cells and hydrogen-related technologies.

The Minutia File
Devil of a Tale
Rensselaer and its graduates continue to show up in popular media. Set in Chicago circa 1893, Erik Larson’s bestseller The Devil in the White City intertwines the true tale of two men — the architect behind the legendary 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition (also known as the World’s Fair), striving to secure America’s place in the world; and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death.

National Innovation Initiative
Summit Explores Innovation
Policy makers, industry leaders, and representatives from regional technological industries met at Rensselaer for a two-day National Innovation Initiative (NII) Regional Summit Sept. 7-8, sponsored by the Council on Competitiveness.


Research Roundup

NYSTAR Faculty Development Awards
Rensselaer has been selected to receive two $750,000 faculty development awards from the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR) to attract world-class scientists to New York. One award will be used to attract a researcher to lead Rensselaer’s functional tissue engineering and regenerative medicine research constellation program, and the second will be used to recruit a scientist to conduct research in semiconductors and biosensors.

Renowned Scientist To Lead Biocomputation and Bioinformatics Constellation
Angel Garcia, a renowned theoretical physicist in biomolecular research, has been appointed a senior constellation chaired professor in biocomputation and bioinformatics at Rensselaer. He will join Rensselaer on Jan. 1, 2005. The Biocomputation and Bioinformatics Constellation will focus on developing new computing tools to analyze complex biological data, make predictions to guide experimental work, and offer powerful new methods to predict molecular structure and understand the complex behavior of living organisms. Garcia is internationally known for his research on mathematical modeling and computational analysis of problems in cellular and molecular biology. He currently leads Los Alamos National Laboratory’s multimillion-dollar research in theoretical biology and biophysics in Los Alamos, N.M.

Monitoring the Mighty Hudson
The final link of the first major cooperative research initiative of the Rivers and Estuaries Center on the Hudson was put in place in August as researchers from Rensselaer introduced a real-time water monitoring device into the river at Lock 2 of the Champlain Canal in Mechanicville, N.Y. The project — called “Riverscope” — is a joint effort with the center’s Upper Hudson Satellite, managed by Rensselaer, and the Lower Hudson Satellite, managed by Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. “Riverscope is a first step in achieving one of the primary goals of the Rivers and Estuaries Center: to make the invisible Hudson visible,” said John Cronin, managing director of the center. “With the ability to know and see what is happening while it is happening, we can bring the living Hudson River to the desktops of researchers, students, decision makers, and the public.”

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