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Rensselaer Alumni Magazine Winter 2005-06
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ATRENSSELAER

RENSSELAER RESEARCH LIBRARIES
Folsom Library Gets a Facelift
High-tech information hubs and a temperature-controlled LED lighting system are just a few of the renovations made to the main floor of the Folsom Library so that the space can better serve a new generation of Rensselaer’s tech-savvy students.  Read more

CAMPUS LIFE
Inventor Dean Kamen Visits Campus
Inventor, entrepreneur, and science and technology advocate Dean Kamen visited Rensselaer Dec. 1. He delivered a lecture titled “Why not change the world?” at Rensselaer’s annual Trustee Celebration of Faculty Achievement and met with high school and middle school students involved in robotics competitions, and their Rensselaer student mentors.  Read more

CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
Levee Failures Investigated
It is clear that there were multiple causes for the levee failures in New Orleans, but researchers need to gather more data to better understand what they were and how to rebuild properly after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, according to testimony Nov. 17 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Tom Zimmie, professor and acting chair of civil and environmental engineering at Rensselaer, offered his perspective on the degree to which the preliminary findings on the failure of the Gulf Coast levees are being incorporated into the restoration of hurricane protection.  Read more

PRESIDENTIAL LECTURE SERIES
IBM CEO Outlines Innovation Challenges
Samuel Palmisano, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the IBM Corporation, delivered a Presidential Lecture on “Innovation and Leadership in the 21st Century,” on Sept. 15 in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies. In a ceremony prior to the lecture, Palmisano was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Rensselaer.  Read more

MINUTIA FILE
Comic Relief
The Rensselaer name is often cited in newspapers and journal articles. It’s not so often that Rensselaer appears in the funny pages.  Read more

ELECTRICAL, COMPUTER, AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING
Improving Terrain Maps
A Rensselaer researcher has been awarded $845,000 in federal funding to create improved computer representations of terrain on the surface of the Earth and beyond. The research could have a variety of both military and civilian applications, from strategically positioning soldiers to placing radio towers on the moon.  Read more

NANOTECHNOLOGY
Nanotubes Form “Super Springs”
Carbon nanotubes have enticed researchers since their discovery in 1991, offering an impressive combination of high strength and low weight. Now a new study suggests that they also act like “super-compressible” springs, opening the door to foamlike materials for just about any application where strength and flexibility are needed, from disposable coffee cups to the exterior of the space shuttle.  Read more

LALLY SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY
Book Provides Product Innovation Insight
Companies in today’s marketplace face increasing pressure to churn out new products more rapidly and less expensively. To alleviate some of the stress, efforts are being made to streamline and restructure the traditional new-product development process. In his new book, Product Innovation: Leading Change Through Integrated Product Development (Cambridge University Press, November 2005), David Rainey defines and discusses a comprehensive framework for overhauling the product development process in complex and challenging business environments.  Read more

HAWK TALK
Football Family Dynasty
A come-from-behind victory over St. John Fisher in the ECAC Northwest Championship Bowl marked the end of the 2005 football season for Coach Joe King’s Engineers. With the close of the winning (8-2) season also came the end of a 15-year-long football dynasty.  Read more

STUDENT LIFE
Giving Back
The 2004-2005 academic year was a remarkable one for Rensselaer’s Student Life community service initiatives. Reports from various constituencies contributed to a year-end total of 12,003 volunteer hours, 32,234 federal work study community service hours, and $38,939 raised in programs sponsored by Student Life groups. The figures as of June 30, 2005, follow.  Read more

ARCHITECTURE
Student Designs Go Global
Two teams of fifth-year architecture students at Rensselaer garnered top honors — first and third place overall — in the Global House 2005 International Design Competition, selected from among more than 250 entries from 44 countries.  Read more

NATIONAL MEDIA ATTENTION
Rensselaer in the News
Rensselaer’s research and people continue to garner national media attention.  Read more

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