TROY, N.Y. — Partha Dutta, a professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, envisions a not-so-distant future where even the most remote parts of the world would have access to clean and renewable energy. His vision wouldn’t require a large power grid or expensive technology. Instead, he believes it could be accomplished using simple mirrors, local resources, and the sun.

“I call this ‘engineering for a better world,’ which means that you have to use affordable, accessible, and adequate resources,” Dutta said.

Congratulations to ECSE Professor Birsen Yazici on being selected to serve as a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society! Distinguished Lecturers and Tutorial speakers are ambassadors of the AESS, who serve as an important demonstration of the value of membership in IEEE and AESS in particular. The lecturers are truly distinguished speakers who are experts in the technical fields of the society.

As CTO, he drives the development, integration, and transition of next-generation solutions that advance the company’s current programs and future technology pursuits.
“Ravi’s technical and business experience is a great asset to our company and our customers,” says Al Whitmore, president of the BAE Systems’ Intelligence & Security sector.

When most people pay it forward, they do something helpful for someone else – because of a good deed someone did on their behalf.

Then there’s John Paserba.

He has been paying it forward to thousands of engineering students and professionals since shortly after entering the working world more than 30 years ago. But he’s also quick to acknowledge that – starting with his sixth-grade science teacher – many people have done good deeds for him along the way.

The kickoff event, which is open to reporters, will take place in Room 308 of the Darrin Communications Center starting at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, January 4. Simultaneous kickoff events will be held across the world. The celebration broadcast, which will be shown at all of them, begins at 10 a.m.

TROY, N.Y. — Whether you’re traveling for work or for fun, nothing ruins the start of a trip quite like jet lag. Engineers affiliated with the Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a way to deliver personalized advice using smart wearable technology that would help travelers adjust more quickly.

ECSE faculty Manoj Shah was invited as part of an eight-member international panel to assess the Electrical Engineering Discipline in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan China.  The charge to the team is to objectively review the education and academic programs in the discipline and to direct future improvement and investment.  The school has over 1600 undergraduate and 1200 graduate students with almost 200 faculty members. Huazhong is one of the top five technical universities in China.

In a special episode of Why Not Change the World? The RPI Podcast, two prominent inventors — who also happen to be Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute alumni of the ECSE Department — look to the future and offer their advice on how to prepare for it.

The episode features an excerpt of a conversation between Curtis R. Priem ’82 and Marcian “Ted” Hoff ’58 recorded earlier this year at The Village Pub in Woodside, California. It was moderated by Shekhar Garde, the dean of the Rensselaer School of Engineering.

TROY, N.Y. — Many technologies that are essential for daily life — from communications to GPS navigation to weather forecasting — rely on the thousands of satellites that are orbiting Earth. When those satellites run out of gas and stop working, there’s not much that can currently be done to fix them.