ECSE and RPI welcome a new ECSE faculty member, Dr. Esen Yel. Dr. Yel will be an Assistant Professor in ECSE starting on January 1, 2024.

Dr. Yel received her Ph.D. degree in Systems Engineering at the University of Virginia, and MS and BS degrees from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. She has most recently been a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford working with Prof. Mykel Kochenderfer in the Stanford Intelligence Systems Lab.

On December 18, ECSE and RPI community gathered for a luncheon, and online WebEx, to celebrate Prof. Joe Chow's transition to Senior Research Scientist, starting in 2024, after a distinguished 37-year career at RPI. John Wen, Kurt Anderson, Paul Chow, Tetiana Bogodorova, Denis Osipov shared the impact that Joe had on the department, the school, the Institute, and their careers. Joining remotely, Murat Arcak, Aranya Chakrabortty, Kowk Cheung, Pengwei Du, Agung Julius, and Aparna Gupta shared their appreciation. John Wen read remarks by Dean Shekhar Garde, Koushik Kar, and Meng Wang.

The ECSE community came together on December 13 to decorate the empty white construction wall in the Mercer XLab renovation on the 6th floor of the Jonsson Engineering Center.   Students, Staff, and Faculty let their creative sparks fly, and filled up the walls in every direction.    Robots were on hand to cheer the crowd on.  The Pepper Robot from Prof. Qiang Ji's lab chats up folks using chatGPT.  The UR 5 robot from Prof.

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Congratulations to ECSE Ph.D. student Lisha Chen (, who has been recently awarded the prestigious IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) scholarship! She will also present tutorials on her thesis work at upcoming AAAI 2024 and ICASSP 2024.

The W2SZ Ham Radio club led a PIXIE radio kit building event on October 18th, 2023. Members worked in the Mercer in Xile lab - future activities such as this will be held in the Mercer lab, which is currently in renovation. This was a great first experience for those new to soldering and electrical engineering, and members who had more experience got a chance to improve their skills. 

On Monday, Nov 20, RPI hosted the first cohort of HVCC students in the

On September 10th, W2SZ Ham Radio Club members and our alumni community gathered at Mt. Greylock, MA, for an exciting day of radio enthusiasts' heaven - participating in the biannual QSO Contest. With 50-ft radio towers and two trucks loaded with equipment, we aimed to make as many contacts over the radio as possible for the contest.

On June 28, it was announced that Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will become the first university in the world to house an IBM Quantum System One. The IBM quantum computer, intended to be operational by January of 2024, will serve as the foundation of a new IBM Quantum Computational Center in partnership with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).