ECSE Associate Professor Ali Tajer was presented with the 2021 James M. Tien ’66 Early CAREER Award and Grant for Faculty at the Rensselaer’s 2021 commencement.  This prize in recognition of early career achievement is funded and awarded by the faculty. The recipient, chosen by the Faculty Committee on Honors by nomination of the faculty, must have been on the faculty for a minimum of three years and have a maximum of 10 years of professional experience. The award and grant honors productivity in both teaching and research, with outstanding achievement in one of these areas.

On May 2, 2021, at the annual Grainger Scholars ceremony (held digitally this year), three ESCE students received the prestigious Grainger Scholars Award, which is given every spring. Funding for the awards is provided by the Grainger Foundation, a private organization based in Lake Forest, IL which supports U.S. technical education and workforce development.

Dennis Shelden and Robert Karlicek, the heads of two prominent research centers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will serve as co-directors of the new Rensselaer Institute for Energy, the Built Environment, and Smart Systems (EBESS).

Dr. Nariman Farvardin received his B.S. ('79), M.S. ('80), and Ph.D. ('83) degrees all from Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering (ECSE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  He joined the University of Maryland as a faculty member in Electrical Engineering in 1984, and served as the department chair, Dean of Engineering, Provost, and Acting President until 2011 when he became the President of the Stevens Institute of Technology.   He sat with ECSE head John Wen on Zoom for an interview on April 1, 2021.  The following is an excerpt of the interview.

The surface of a pristine, transparent freshwater lake may not reveal to ecologists the reality of what’s occurring in its depths. Evaluating the cumulative effects of climate change, pollutants, acidification, or invasive species requires more precise methods. But even the most dynamic and sensitive sensors commonly used today are not always able to tell researchers what they need to know.

Troy, N.Y. – In tribute to his contributions to society, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has inducted Peter E. Hart, Class of 1962, to the Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame. Conceived in 1995, the Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame was created to honor the past while celebrating all generations of Rensselaer pioneers.

“Peter E. Hart truly embodies the growing legacy of innovation and change that Rensselaer alumni and alumnae have brought to the world for almost two centuries,” said Chuck Rancourt ’70, chair of the Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame Selection Committee. 

Prof. Shur is the Patricia W. and C. Sheldon Roberts Professor of Solid State Electronics in the ECSE Department. His paper appears online, and was published on January 7, 2021.


John Wen, the head of the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been named the winner of the 2020 International Journal of Intelligent Robotics and Applications Best Paper.

Former ECSE faculty member, Herb Freeman, passed away on November 15, 2020.  Prof. Freeman was with ECSE from 1975 to 1985 and was the director of the Image Processing Laboratory during that period. He was a pioneer in image processing, computer graphics, and pattern recognition.  He was active in professional societies and his many contributions have been recognized by multiple awards. The ECSE community extends our condolences to Prof. Freeman’s family and friends.