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World-Class Research in Action
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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).

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We encourage you to contact faculty who share your research interest(s), with the following caveats:
  • Questions for faculty should pertain to research and academic matters—please direct admissions questions to Graduate Admissions.
  • Faculty cannot comment on the likelihood of funding your research without reviewing your complete application for admission.
  • Faculty members may choose not to respond directly, particularly if you are an active candidate for admission.
  • Individual faculty members may not be on campus during the summers.
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Select Research Centers
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Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies
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Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies
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CBIS is located in a 218,000-square foot building that features laboratories for molecular biology, analytical biochemistry, microbiology, imagining, histology, tissue and cell culture, proteomics, and scientific computing and visualization.

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Center for Computational Innovations
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Center for
Computational Innovations
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Rensselaer unveiled a new petascale supercomputing system, the Advanced Multiprocessing Optimized System (AMOS). With the ability to perform more than one quadrillion calculations per second, it’s among the most powerful in the world.

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Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC)
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Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center
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Located in a 220,000-square foot facility, EMPAC provides a platform for multidisciplinary work in visualization, animation, simulation, and acoustics.

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Center for Future Energy Systems
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Center for
Future Energy Systems
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Reaching out to industry, CFES—a New York State Center for Advanced Technology—works to develop cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable alternative energy sources as well as improved energy conservation.

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Center for Architecture Science and Ecology
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Center for Architecture
Science and Ecology
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This industry-academic partnership with the world-renowned architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York City engages scientists, engineers, and architects from the professional and academic worlds toward a common goal of redefining how we build sustainable cities and environments.

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Lighting Research Center
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Lighting Research
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The LRC is the world’s leading university-based research and education organization devoted to lighting. LRC researchers work with companies, agencies, and organizations to advance specific areas of lighting research, education, and technology development.

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Data Science Research Center
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Data Science
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The DSRC acquires, processes, analyzes, models, visualizes, and simulates complex data to close the data-to-knowledge gap across multiple time and length scales.

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Darrin Fresh Water Institute
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Margaret A. and David M. Darrin ‘40 Fresh Water Institute
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DFWI is a multidisciplinary environmental research center focusing on the ecological consequences of environmental perturbations due to human activities in the Northeastern United States.

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Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS)
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Center for Automation Technologies and Systems
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The Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS) provides students opportunities to work on industrially driven research projects preparing them for leadership roles in industry.

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