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therensselaerplan202416rESEArCHThemostsignificanttransformationatRensselaeroverthepastdecadehasbeenthecreationofaresearchportfolioofasizesignificancequalityandprom-inencethatpositionsustoimpactGlobalChallenges.Overthepast12yearsRensselaerhassolidifieditsplaceamongtheimportanttechnologicaluniversitiesofthe21stcen-turybyinvestingintopnotchresearch-ersbroad-basedprogramssophisticatedresearchplatformsandstrategicpart-nerships.ImportantnewresearchhasemergedfromstrategicinvestmentsintheInstitute-widesignatureresearchthrustsofBiotechnologyandtheLifeSciencesComputationalScienceandEngineeringMediaArtsScienceandTechnologyEnergyEnvironmentandSmartSystemsandNanotechnologyandAdvancedMaterials.RensselaerhasdevelopedabroadanduniquenetworkofoutstandingresearchcenterssuchastheNSFNanoscaleScienceandEngineeringCentertheNSFSmartLightingEngineeringResearchCentertheLightingResearchCentertheCenterforModelingSimulationandImaginginMedicinetheScientificComputationResearchCentertheU.S.ArmyResearchLaboratorySocialCognitiveNetworksAcademicResearchCentertheCenterforCognitionCommunicationandCulturetheBioengineeredHeparinConsortiumtheCenterforArchitectureScienceandEcologytheNewYorkCenterforAstrobiologytheCenterforAutomationTechnologiesandSystemsandtheCenterforFutureEnergySystems.Ourresearcheffortsareundergirdedbyaninte-gratednetworkofmajorresearchplatformsincludingtheCenterforBiotechnologyandInterdisciplinaryStudiestheComputationalCenterforNanotechnologyInnovationstheCurtisR.PriemExperimentalMediaandPerformingArtsCenterandtheCenterforMaterialsDevicesandIntegratedSystemswhichincludestheMicroNano-FabricationFacilityandtheMaterialsCharacterizationCore.CollectivelytheSignatureThrustscentersandplatformsprovidethebasisforsignificantcontri-butionsintheyearsahead.AsweentethenextphaseofeseachatrensselaeitisessentialtolinkoustengthsinthefiveSignatuereseachThuststotheGlobalChallengesfacingsociety.WenowhaveabroadcollaborativeandvibrantresearchcommunityatRensselaerfocusedonthegrowinginterfaceofthebasicsciencessocialsciencesandengineering.ThisprovidesthebasisforinnovativesolutionstotodaysGlobalChallengesincludingmitigatingdiseaseprovid-ingcleanfoodandwaterdevelopingnewsourcesofcleanandrenewableenergyandestablishingasustainableandresilientnationalandinternation-alinfrastructure.Weareinventingnewroutestoadvancedmanufacturingthatleadtonewprod-uctsandprocesses.Wearedevelopingnewmate-rialsforadvancedcomputingenergystorageandmedicine.Wearepioneeringnewtechnologiestomanagetheexplosionofdatafromnewcom-municationnetworksandcontrolsystems.Weareworkingtounderstandhumancognitionincommunicationandcultureandtonavigatethecomplexityofglobalmarkets.Wewilladdressthesechallengesandopportuni-tiestohaveevengreaterlevelsofimpactintheyearsahead.5.1GowthofSignatueThustsOurfiveSignatureThrustsandcoreresearchstrengthswillserveasthefoundationforcontin-uedgrowthandimpact.ThereforewewillGrowresearchfundingto250millioninannualresearchexpenditures.StrengthenbasicresearchendeavorsacrosstheInstitute.