We learn things by doing them. By getting our hands dirty. From solving differential equations to mastering an instrument, your best bet is to practice, practice, practice. But what if practicing what you want to learn is difficult or impossible? What if you want to understand how different structures respond during an earthquake? Or how to maintain the electronics on top of a wind turbine? Or how to deal with a nuclear meltdown in a power plant?

Troy, N.Y. — It often takes time for power system malfunctions to be found and fixed, at times leading to larger system failures. If operators could identify system disturbances as they happen and take action before they lead to large outages, the power grid would be substantially more reliable and resilient.

With recent support from the National Science Foundation, Meng Wang, an associate professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is developing software to make that real-time analysis possible.

 On the morning of Saturday, September 7, 2019, ECSE held its annual open house for recipients of the Rensselaer Medal, a prestigious and generous scholarship offered to selected high school students.  Department faculty, students, and staff welcomed visiting medalists and their families to the newly renovate

ECSE welcomes three outstanding new faculty in fall 2019: Derya Malak, Tianyi Chen, and Amar Khoukhi.

TROY, N.Y. - Electrical and systems engineers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will develop simulation models to help researchers at the University of Illinois develop an all-electric aircraft, a project that recently received a $6 million grant from NASA.

John Wen, the head of the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was recently honored at an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) workshop on advances in the fields of control and smart automation, an area in which Wen has made significant contributions.


Three long time ECSE faculty: Ken Connor, Art Sanderson, and Mike Wozny, have been recognized by Rensselaer as Emeritus Professors. All three new emeritus professors have served ECSE as department heads: Art Sanderson 1987-1994, Ken Connor 2001-2008, Mike Wozny 2014-2018.  
A GE plant tour was organized for the ECSE 2110 (Electrical Energy Systems) Summer III students to show them the actual hardware that gets built for electric power generation.

TROY, NY—Inter-lab collaboration between the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is paving the way for a greener and more resilient power grid – and attracting interest from businesses and government in the process.

Professor Meng Wang was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure in the ECSE department starting July 1 2019. Prof. Wang's work has been recognized by the Army Research Office Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award and the Rensselaer School of Engineering Faculty Research Excellence Award.  Prof. Wang has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Army Research Office (ARO), New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Global Energy Interconnection Research Institute, Energy Power Research Institute (EPRI), NSF/DoE Engineering Research Center for Ultra-Wide- Area Resilient Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT), Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES), and RPI-IBM Artificial Intelligence Research Collaboration (AIRC).