Our faculty consists of some of the world’s most highly educated and accomplished scientists.
Among our ranks are a Nobel laureate, two National Academy members, and fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Physics Society, and other professional societies. All have achieved the highest attainable degree within their field.
At Rensselaer, students have the opportunity to work with faculty in cutting-edge research that appears regularly in the world’s most prestigious journals – including publications such as Nature, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Many faculty draw upon the Institute's major interdisciplinary research centers in their work, providing faculty and students alike with access to world-class research tools. In the classroom, faculty support students in hands-on learning, with innovative teaching techniques and frequent one-to-one attention.
Latest Faculty News
Circadian Clocks – The Rhythm of Life, From Microbes to HumansNovember 4, 2015 -
The sleep/wake cycle of our circadian rhythm is a familiar concept, but less well known is that a circadian clock – a series of molecular events – can be found in nearly every living cell, from microbes to humans.
The Importance of Strain in Kinesin-14 Motor ProteinsOctober 6, 2015 -
New research shows that a single conserved mechanism governs the movement of two structurally distinct variants of kinesin-14 – a class of molecular motors that moves materials and facilitates chromosomal separation within cells.
Rensselaer Partners with Lawrence Livermore National LaboratorySeptember 16, 2015 -
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Rensselaer are combining decades of expertise to help American industry and businesses expand use of high performance computing.
New Spectroscopy Method Meant to Capture Reactions in PhotosynthesisSeptember 14, 2015 -
A new spectroscopy method is bringing researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) closer to understanding – and artificially replicating – the solar water-splitting reaction at the heart of photosynthetic energy production.
Rensselaer Ranked 41st Among National UniversitiesSeptember 14, 2015 -
U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute highly among the best universities in the United States. The publication’s annual list of college rankings released last week ranked Rensselaer 41st overall among all national universities.
NIH Awards $1.3 Million for Spinal Cord Injury Research to Ryan GilbertSeptember 4, 2015 -
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $1.3 million to Ryan Gilbert, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Rensselaer, to support research that could give hope to the thousands of Americans who sustain life-changing spinal cord injuries each year.
The Role of Fresh Water Lakes and Reservoirs in the Global Carbon CycleSeptember 3, 2015 -
Understanding the role of lakes and reservoirs in the global carbon cycle is central to the work of Kevin Rose, who recently joined the faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).
Physics Professor Shawn-Yu Lin Breaks New Ground in Thermal RadiationSeptember 3, 2015 -
Troy, N.Y. - Nano-photonics expert and physics professor Shawn-Yu Lin has discovered a new type of thermal radiation—in between the two extremes of blackbody radiation and laser light—that could contribute to a cheaper, easier solution for converting sunlight to electricity.
Christian Wetzel Appointed Associate Dean of School of ScienceAugust 26, 2015 -
Physicist Christian Wetzel has been appointed associate dean of science for research and graduate programs in the School of Science.
Theoretical Physicist Named Head of the Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and AstronomyAugust 17, 2015 -
Researchers Optimize Proteins To Fold Faster With Less EnergyAugust 13, 2015 -
Linking computation with experimentation, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) have shown that proteins can be engineered to fold more quickly and achieve greater stability by optimizing surface charges.
Biologist Lee Ligon Awarded Science & Technology Policy FellowshipAugust 6, 2015 -
Rensselaer Launches Initiative on Healthy Birth, Growth, and Development KnowledgeAugust 3, 2015 -
Rensselaer has received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the Healthy birth, growth and development (HBGD) initiative.
Rensselaer STEM Education Pipeline Initiative in Nature GeoscienceJuly 30, 2015 -
Nature Geoscience today featured news of a climate board game and downloadable teaching module developed by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students and faculty in collaboration with Troy High School.
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-Dr. Curt Breneman, School of Science Dean