The interactive online discussion on “Innovation and Opportunities in Robotics," featured a panel of alumni and alumnae leaders in the industry, and was moderated by ECSE's Department Head, Prof. John Wen. The discussion also included a tour of an on campus lab.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are revolutionizing the ways in which we live, work, and spend our free time, from the smart devices in our homes to the tasks our phones can carry out. This transformation is being made possible by a surge in data and computing power that can help machine learning algorithms not only perform device-specific tasks, but also help them gain intelligence or knowledge over time.

Dr. Birsen Yazici received her B.S. degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics from Bogazici University, Istanbul Turkey, in 1988, and the M.S.and Ph.D.degrees in mathematics and electrical engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA, in 1990 and 1994, respectively. From September 1994 to 2000, she worked as a Research Engineer at General Electric Company Global Research Center, Schenectady NY, USA.

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.