For nearly 200 years, Rensselaer has been an internationally recognized center of research.
Students at all levels are actively engaged in the work that leads to the discovery of new materials, techniques, and means for changing the world.
Among the innovations and developments begun here are: Nanoglue, a bonding agent of unprecedented strength; the paper battery, an ultra-thin, incredibly flexible device designed for the energy storage requirements of the future; and a nanoscale coating for surgical equipment, hospital walls, and other surfaces that safely eradicates methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the bacteria responsible for antibiotic resistant infections.
It is important that such innovations and inventions reach the marketplace in a timely and efficient manner. To that end, Rensselaer has developed a truly interdisciplinary environment that allows scholars in our professional programs to work closely with engineers and scientists, maximizing the value of their discoveries to benefit society and the world.
For example, students in our MBA program are working with science and engineering students to commercialize new technologies; students in our architecture and engineering research groups are creating new technologies that architecture students are using in innovative design schemes; and our electronic arts students are making use of state-of-the-art technologies and facilities such as our Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC).