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PRABHAT HAJELA, an experienced
academic and administrative leader, has been appointed provost. A professor of aerospace engineering and vice provost, Hajela served as acting provost since Jan. 1, 2012. As vice provost since 2005, Hajela has been instrumental in helping Rensselaer maintain its leadership position in undergraduate education. An expert in complex system analysis and design in the presence of uncertainty, Hajela has published more than 270 papers and articles in the areas of structural and multidisciplinary optimization, and is an author/editor of four books.
JAMES HENDLER has been named
in 2001 as an assistant professor. He was named associate professor in 2006 and full professor in 2009, and currently holds a joint appointment as a full professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His research is positioned at the intersections of nanotechnology, energy, and sustainability.
MICHAEL “MIKI” AMITAY, an aerospace engineering and fluid dynamics expert, has been named the James L. Decker ’45 Endowed Chair in Aerospace Engineering. Amitay joined Rensselaer in 2003 as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering. He was named an associate professor in 2008 and full professor in 2011. His research focuses on the development of flow control techniques to boost the performance of aerial and underwater vehicles, as well as to increase the efficiency and lifespan of wind turbines and buildings. SUVRANU DE,
the new head of the Department of Computer Science. Hendler is a senior constellation professor in the Tetherless World Constellation. He joined Rensselaer in 2007 after two decades at the University of Maryland, where he served as director of the Joint Institute for Knowledge Discovery and co-director of the Maryland Information and Network Dynamics Laboratory. The Computer Science Department is renowned nationally and internationally for its work in areas such as bioinformatics, computational science and engineering, computer vision, database systems, networking, parallel computing, pervasive computing, robotics, semantic web, software design, and theoretical computer science.
NIKHIL KORATKAR, a nanomaterials expert, has been named the John A. Clark and Edward T. Crossan Professor of Engineering. Koratkar joined the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering
LESTER GERHARDT, professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering, has received the Benjamin Garver Lamme Award and Medal from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He was honored for his “combined contributions to the art of teaching, contributions to research and technical literature, and achievements that contribute to the advancement of the profession of engineering college administration.” Awarded since 1928, the Lamme Award is regarded as the highest honor bestowed by the ASEE. Gerhardt’s primary research focus is digital signal processing with an emphasis on image and speech processing. CURT BRENEMAN
of Engineering. The primary research thrust of the center is obtaining nuclear data for use in a variety of applications, ranging from the design of nuclear reactors and analysis of criticality to radiation damage and new nuclear medicine technologies. The Gaerttner LINAC Center is part of the Rensselaer Nuclear Engineering Program, which is among the oldest in the nation.
XAVIER INTES, assistant professor of
a computational mechanics expert, has been named head of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering (MANE). De joined MANE as an assistant professor in 2002, became an associate professor in 2007, and a full professor in 2011. In 2010, he was named director of the Rensselaer Center for Modeling, Simulation and Imaging in Medicine. MANE is the largest department at Rensselaer, with more than 1,100 undergraduate students, 150 graduate students, and 36 tenured or tenure-track faculty.
has been named head of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Breneman has been with Rensselaer since 1989. Breneman has written more than 85 academic papers and 15 book chapters, and has presented over 250 invited lectures. Throughout his career, he has served as a consultant to many companies, including General Electric, Eastman Kodak, Google, and multiple pharmaceutical and drug discovery companies. He was named a fellow of the American Chemical Society in 2011. He is also the director of the Rensselaer Exploratory Center for Cheminformatics Research.
biomedical engineering, has won a Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Intes will use the five-year, $400,000 award to further his research into a promising non-invasive biomedical imaging technique to help identify and treat cancerous tumors. The CAREER Award is given to faculty members at the beginning of their academic careers and is one of NSF’s most competitive awards, placing emphasis on high-quality research and novel education initiatives.
JIE LIAN, assistant professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering, has won a Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Lian will use the five-year, $500,000 award to further his research into the design of nanomaterials for use in nuclear energy systems. The CAREER Award is given to faculty members at the beginning of their academic careers and is one of NSF’s most competitive awards, placing emphasis on high-quality research and novel education initiatives.
YARON DANON, a professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering, has been named director of the new Gaerttner Linear Accelerator (LINAC) Center within the School
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Lighting Up the Aviation Industry
Energy and the Environment
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