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LALLY SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT & TECHNOLOGY
Energy Program Draws Participants From China

Nineteen engineers and managers from China Three Gorges Project Corporation (CTGPC) — known for the construction of the world’s largest hydropower dam located in the Xilingxia gorge — were the first participants in a new executive education program developed by the Lally School of Management & Technology.  Read more

QUANTUM BIOLOGY
Powerful Computer Models Reveal Key Biological Mechanism

Using powerful computers to model the intricate dance of atoms and molecules, Rensselaer researchers have revealed the mechanism behind an important biological reaction.  Read more

INCUBATOR PROGRAM
“Best of What’s New”

Celery LLC, a company in Rensselaer’s Incubator Program, was selected as one of the winners of the 2006 “Best of What’s New” award by Popular Science magazine. Each year, the publication’s editors review thousands of products in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year — breakthrough products and technologies that represent a significant leap in their categories.  Read more

BIOLOGY
Key Components of Insect Flight

Rensselaer researchers have discovered a key molecular mechanism that allows tiny flies to whirl their wings at a rate of up to 1,000 times per second. Reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the findings will help scientists gain a better understanding of how chemical energy is converted into muscle movements, such as the human heart muscle pumping blood.  Read more

SUPERCOMPUTING
New Equipment Advances Frontiers of Computational Biology

Rensselaer researchers have received a powerful new Blue Gene supercomputer from IBM. Awarded under the company’s Shared University Research (SUR) program, the equipment will provide a resource for scientists to gain experience with the Blue Gene computing environment, while also supporting a project to develop new simulation technologies for understanding biological systems.  Read more

NATIONAL RECOGNITION
Rensselaer in the News

News outlets across the nation have continued to report on Rensselaer’s research and people.  Read more

DECISION SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING SYSTEMS
Predicting Disaster Response

By studying the organizational culture of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the United States Coast Guard, as well as each organization’s response to last year’s Hurricane Katrina, a team of Rensselaer researchers has begun to develop a dynamic model of organizational processes with the capacity to predict how an organization’s culture will affect its ability to respond to an extreme event.  Read more

NANOTECHNOLOGY
Techniques Pave Way for Carbon Nanotubes in Electronic Devices

A Rensselaer team recently reported two new techniques for placing carbon nanotube patterns on metal surfaces of just about any shape and size. Their methods could help overcome some of the key hurdles to using carbon nanotubes in computer chips, displays, sensors, and many other electronic devices.  Read more

ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Rewarding Ideas

Four student ideas were recognized as the winners of the fall 2006 “Change the World Challenge” idea competition during a celebratory breakfast held on Jan. 24 in the Heffner Alumni House. Created in 2005 by Rensselaer alumnus Sean O’Sullivan ’85, the competition is intended to support entrepreneurship education and inspire ideas to improve the human condition by providing a $1,000 cash award for ideas that will make the world a better place.  Read more

DAVIES MEDAL FOR ENGINEERING ACHIEVEMENT
Honoring Achievement

Rensselaer alumnus John E. Kelly III ’78 was presented with the Davies Medal for Engineering Achievement from the Rensselaer Alumni Association Dec. 7. The award recognizes alumni with a distinguished career of engineering achievement, public service, and technical and managerial accomplishments.  Read more

ALUMNI MUSICFEST
Gathering Hits High Notes

Nearly 75 alumni who had participated in music groups as students returned to a campus community that not only was pleased to see them; it was equally delighted to hear them.  Read more

FROM THE ARCHIVES
Roman Studies Program Turns 25

In 1981, Associate Professor Peter Parsons and 10 architecture students traveled to Rome for a semester of study in the Eternal City. The inaugural year of the international study program was “started on a shoestring,” according to Parsons, who says for four months the students studied design, history/theory, and the Italian language in a small, cramped studio space furnished with enough desks for only half the class.  Read more

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