Rensselaer has a broad, collaborative, and vibrant research community that is focused on the growing interface of the basic sciences and engineering. This provides the basis for innovative solutions to today’s Global Challenges, including: mitigating disease; providing clean food and water; developing new sources of clean and renewable energy; and establishing a sustainable and resilient national and international infrastructure.

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Biotechnology and the Life Sciences

Focuses on new routes to drug discovery and development, and understanding the fundamental mechanisms of disease, from Alzheimer’s and diabetes to cancer.

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Computational Science and Engineering

Focuses on high-performance computing, neuromorphic and quantum computing, big data, data analytics, and artificial intelligence, which supports research and innovation across a broad front.

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Energy, Environment, and Smart Systems

Focuses on renewable technologies, energy efficiency, and the understanding of global environmental change to preserve the biodiversity of the planet.

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Media, Arts, Science, and Technology

Focuses on facilitating new approaches to networking, advanced visualization, sensor design, haptics, and multiscale modeling and simulation, which are supported by the core capabilities of EMPAC.

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Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials

Focuses on developing robust, affordable, and sustainable methods for manufacturing new functional hybrid materials, and the hierarchical systems and products based upon them.

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