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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Mission :: Research

We have a broad, collaborative, and vibrant research community, focused on the growing interface of the basic sciences, social 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 estab-lishing a sustainable and resilient national and international infrastructure. We are inventing new routes to advanced man-ufacturing that lead to new products and processes. We are developing new materi-als for advanced computing, energy stor-age, and medicine. We are pioneering new technologies to manage the explosion of data from new communication networks and control systems. We are working to understand human cognition in commu-nication and culture and to navigate the complexity of global markets.

Rensselaer has solidifed its place among the important technological universities of the 21st century by investing in top-notch researchers, broad-based programs, sophisticated research platforms, and strategic partnerships. Important new research has emerged from strategic investments in the Institutewide signature research thrusts.

Our research efforts are undergirded by an integrated network of major research platforms, including: the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies; the Center for Computational Innovations; the Curtis R. Priem Experi-mental Media and Performing Arts Center; and the Center for Materials, Devices, and Integrated Systems.

Rensselaer has developed a broad and unique network of outstanding research centers, including the NSF Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications Engineering Research Center; the Rensse-laer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications; the Lighting Research Center; the Center for Modeling, Simula-tion, and Imaging in Medicine; the Scientific Computation Research Center; the U.S. Army Research Laboratory— Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center; the Center for Cognition, Communication, and Culture; the Bio-engineered Heparin Consortium; the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology; the New York Center for Astrobiology; the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems; the Center for Future Energy Systems; and more.

Collectively, the signature research thrusts, centers, and platforms provide the basis for significant contributions in the years ahead.

I hope you enjoy the Rensselaer Research Report: Focus on Centers, which highlights some of the breakthrough work being done on the Rensselaer campus.

Vice President for Research, Howard P. Isermann
Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering