TROY, N.Y. – The U.S. News & World Report released its annual graduate school rankings this week, and the engineering programs at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute continue to be ranked among the nation’s best.

The graduate offerings at the Rensselaer School of Engineering received an overall ranking of 41st in the U.S., placing it among the top four in the state of New York.

The NY Tech Valley FIRST Robotics Regional was hosted by RPI on March 7-9, 2019.  This is the 6th year of this high school roboticscompetition.  36 teams from NY and NJ plus 4 international times from Brazil and Canada competed over the for 3 days event.  Winners of awards in categories that recognize outstanding performance for both on the field and off the field work received invites to the world championships.  ECSE faculty Paul Schoch, Director of the Center for Innovation in Pre-College Education (CIPCE), co-chaired the planning committee.
The Grainger Scholars Award is given annually in Spring in the amount of $7,500 for junior undergraduates who are entering their senior year and $10,000 for current co-terminal students or students entering our Masters or PhD programs.
ECSE doctoral student, Yuan-Chih Peng, was awarded the Foxconn Scholarship. The Hung Hai (Foxconn) Tech Award recognizes outstanding research and awards scholarships to doctoral students from Taiwan. A total of 174 applications were received for this application. The criteria are based on autonomy, practicality, possibility, degree of completion, innovation and the relevance of the business of the Hung Hai group, including the Hung Hai Tech Group.

On the second floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Engineering Center in the heart of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus, a room has been created that – not unlike Hogwarts’ Room of Requirement – has the potential to be almost anything. Students who enter could find themselves standing on the wing of an airplane, managing a failing nuclear reactor, or designing the crystalline structure of a molecule.

Rensselaer professor Rich Radke honored as the 2018 TOTA award recipient for his service and accomplishments as a standout educator at RPI.
ECSE faculty Ali Tajer, Jeff Braunstein, and Russ Kraft have been promoted in recognition of their accomplishments in research, teaching, and service.
The ALSET Lab at RPI receives $100K corporate award in support of research on Flexible Alternating Current Transmission systems to develop models used in simulation that will help in overhauling the aging power grid with viable solutions to inconsistent voltage control for efficient power transmission in the system.

For the eighth year in a row, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will host hundreds of high school students as they gather for the season kickoff event of the FIRST ® Robotics Competition. The event will take place in Room 308 of the Darrin Communications Center starting at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, January 5.

Professor John T. Wen has been named the Russell Sage Professor and head of the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering (ECSE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He will begin his new roles on Jan. 1, 2019.