Research Centers

The most significant transformation at Rensselaer over the past two decades has been the creation of a research portfolio of a size, significance, quality, and prominence that positions us to impact global challenges.

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Filtered by: Media, Arts, Science, and Technology , Infrastructure Sustainability, Resilience

Institute-Wide Research Platforms Learn more about our world-class research platforms and how they push the boundaries of individual disciplines.

Our Center promotes next-generation development of electronic and optical devices, manufacturing and robotics, integrated biomaterial devices, energy harvesting and storage, and nanostructured composite materials, among other leading-edge technologies.

  • Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials
  • Energy, Water, Food
  • Climate Change
  • Infrastructure Sustainability, Resilience
  • Disease/Disease Mitigation

Through its world-class studios and research facilities, this unique Center enables artists, researchers, and audiences to come together under one roof to inquire, develop, and experience the ever-changing relationships among our senses, technology, and the worlds we create around us.

  • Media, Arts, Science, and Technology

The Institute for Energy, the Built Environment, and Smart Systems, based in New York City, uses the most advanced digital technologies to drive decarbonization of urban environments at the systems level.

  • Energy, Environment, and Smart Systems
  • Energy, Water, Food
  • Infrastructure Sustainability, Resilience
  • Climate Change
  • National/Global Security

Institute-Wide Centers Learn more about each of our research centers and the global challenges they seek to address.

We unite design and engineering experts to create new building systems, structures, and ecologies with the mission of radically changing the way we use energy, water, and other resources.

  • Energy, Environment, and Smart Systems
  • Climate Change
  • Infrastructure Sustainability, Resilience

We are a locus of research at Rensselaer, partnering with industry, government, and academic institutions to accelerate renewable energy research, move technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace, and, ultimately, build and sustain economic value.

  • Energy, Environment, and Smart Systems
  • Climate Change
  • Infrastructure Sustainability, Resilience

Housed within Rensselaer's Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), this Center serves as a collaboration between Rensselaer and IBM Research to lead the frontier of research in immersive cognitive environments to augment group intelligence in real-world scenarios, such as boardroom meetings, diagnosis rooms, design studies, and classrooms.

  • Media, Arts, Science, and Technology

School Centers The research centers at Rensselaer are at the core of the work we do to tackle the urgent global challenges of today.

Researchers work to develop bio-inspired artificial photosynthetic devices for solar fuel production through research that promotes a fuller understanding of the chemistry behind the biological solar energy conversion of plants.

  • Biotechnology and the Life Sciences
  • Energy, Environment, and Smart Systems
  • Climate Change
  • Energy, Water, Food
  • Infrastructure Sustainability, Resilience
  • School of Science

We cultivate a heightened awareness of the sonic environment through experimentation, interactive performance, meditation, improvisation, and collaboration.

  • Media, Arts, Science, and Technology
  • School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

We provide a platform for interdisciplinary research in fluid dynamics, with projects spanning from the design and testing of smart blades for wind turbines to developing new techniques for reducing drag in aircraft, ground, and underwater vehicles.

  • Energy, Environment, and Smart Systems
  • Infrastructure Sustainability, Resilience
  • Climate Change
  • School of Engineering

We are internationally known for our research in freight transportation, humanitarian logistics, intelligent transportation systems, network modeling, traffic simulation, and traffic signal system control.

  • Energy, Environment, and Smart Systems
  • Infrastructure Sustainability, Resilience
  • School of Engineering

Our Center collaborates with industry to design, produce, and test novel polymers that can be applied to the study of protein folding and its effect on disease, the use of enzymes for polymer synthesis, the creation of more sustainable plastics, and polymer membrane development for fuel cells.

  • Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials
  • Disease/Disease Mitigation
  • Infrastructure Sustainability, Resilience
  • Energy, Water, Food
  • School of Science
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