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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). 
ECSE Professor Emeritus Michael I. Savic, age 89, died in Atlanta, Georgia on June 24, 2019. He was born in Belgrade, Serbia, and immigrated to the United States in 1967.
The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) featured the LESA Center as part of its Education Faculty Showcase. This 7 videos series highlights the main research areas of LESA and illustrates the dedication of the Center's researchers (Overview, Cognition, Efficient Buildings, Plant Science 1 and 2, Healthcare, and Visual Light Communication).
Advanced manufacturing—rapidly applying the newest technologies of science to produce goods—encompasses dozens of Rensselaer departments, programs, and research centers. The goals are just as broad: help companies become more competitive, extend our reach into space, fight disease at home, and make life easier for individuals with disabilities.
Christoph Lackner, Jordan Grey, and Geoffrey Warne were the 2019 recipients of the prestigious Grainger Scholars Award.

TROY, N.Y. — A wide-eyed, soft-spoken robot named Pepper motors around the Intelligent Systems Lab at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. One of the researchers tests Pepper, making various gestures as the robot accurately describes what he’s doing. When he crosses his arms, the robot identifies from his body language that something is off. 

“Hey, be friendly to me,” Pepper says.

ECSE Professor Partha Dutta has been elected to the Executive Committee of the American Association for Crystal Growth (AACG), an international non-profit scientific organization whose yearly conference and summer school bring together students and experts in crystal growth and epitaxy.