Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Fall 2012 - (Page 14)
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
First Endowed Athletics Coach Leads Women’s Soccer
Farmer was also attracted by the new RENSSELAER WOMEN’S SOCCER COACH East Campus Athletic Village (ECAV). Cord Farmer bears the distinction of being “I know that the facilities for the academic the first endowed coach in Rensselaer side for our student-athletes are phenomeAthletics history. nal, so ECAV represents a giant step to As the beneficiary of bring athletics up to the same standard,” an anonymous gift, he says. “When the alumni return, you Farmer’s position is can see a little envy, but also pride in the funded for women new athletic resources.” soccer players for Farmer particularly enjoys working generations to come. with the athletes at Rensselaer. “I think “The endowed coachRensselaer athletes are as dedicated as any ing position is a great Division I athletes that I have met,” says step for the athletic Farmer. “The first day of practice is like department,” says Christmas for me, because 99 percent of Farmer. “Endowments for coaches make the team has been working on their skills our funding go farther and enable us to and I can see a difference on the field. compete with some of the bigger schools. It’s a source of pride for the team to know that a donor has invested in women’s soccer with an endowment. Everyone wants to work a little harder to honor that kind of commitment.” Farmer helped guide his Engineers team to a solid 8-72 record during the 2011 campaign. In his three seasons at the helm, 10 of his players have garnered year-end AllLiberty League recognition, while 47 student-athletes have been named to the conference’s All-Academic squad. Farmer was an assistant coach with the University of Wisconsin’s women’s soccer team prior to arriving at Rensselaer. “I think Rensselaer athletes are as dedicated as any Division I athletes “I was excited that Renssethat I have met,” says Cord Farmer, who bears the distinction laer made a commitment to of being the first endowed coach in Rensselaer Athletics history. hire me as a full-time coach for “I am really honored to fill the first women’s soccer,” says Farmer. “I looked at endowed coaching position at Rensselaer,” the other Division III soccer schools and says Farmer. “Hopefully, this will serve as saw that Rensselaer fit very well with the kindling for the fire, so that others their high academic standards. I thought will step up and endow other coaches at that the soccer program at Rensselaer had Rensselaer.” room to grow and the sky’s the limit.”
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An automatic, energy-saving device invented by Andrew Bierman and Russ Leslie of Rensselaer’s Lighting Research Center works by turning on and off electric lights in the home or office using a microprocessor that connects to a luminaire. The processor receives signals from a self-commissioned, mountable photosensor. The photosensor uses a unique algorithm to control illuminance at the task pane making the photosensor more accurate than current market technologies. Light energy consumption can be reduced by up to 30 percent and commercial customers can be recompensed in as soon as one year after installation. The device can be used in existing or new light fixtures and installs without additional wire runs or ballast replacement rendering it easy to install, low-cost, and effective.
New Material for Protein Purification
A highly efficient protein purification material using electrospun cellulose fibers has been developed by researchers in Rensselaer’s Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies. The novel electrospun cellulose fiber mat incorporates hydroxyapatite nanoparticles resulting in increased surface area and is capable of adsorbing proteins overcoming similar commercial products’ drawbacks of fragility under high packing pressure and limitations to surface area due to microparticle formation. The highly efficient mats can be used as membranes in spin columns and can be desorbed by washing with salt or phosphate buffer.
Transparent Silicone-Based Nanocomposites Increase Light Efficiency
A thermodynamically stable dispersion technology resulting in thick, transparent, high-refractive index silicone nanocomposites that increase the light efficiency of LEDs and improve the emitted light color quality has been invented by researchers in Rensselaer’s Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center. The nanocomposites could be processed as transparent bulk material with high filler loading, which is essential for novel optical, magnetic, and biomedical applications. This composite successfully achieves homogeneous dispersion of nanofillers within silicone, which minimizes the loss of transparency due to scattering. The composites can be used in optical, optoelectronic, magnetic, and biomedical applications.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Fall 2012
Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Fall 2012
Lighting Up the Aviation Industry
Energy and the Environment
One Last Thing
Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Fall 2012