On August 17, 2016, Professor Emeritus Paul Flohr Yergin passed away at his home in Palm Springs, California. Professor Yergin was born April 21, 1923 in the Bronx, New York, and was an active member of the faculty at Rensselaer for 37 years, advising and educating many undergraduate and graduate physics students, many of whom are still active research physicists. He is survived by his long-time partner Kenneth Coons, whom he married in 2014, his daughters Ann Byrne and Susan Sakaye, and his son-in-law Ross Byrne
Rensselaer will officially welcome members of the Class of 2020, and introduce them to the local community through a weeklong series of events known as “Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond” (NRB), the official continuation of the orientation program.
More than 1,700 students—representing the largest incoming Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute class in the Institute’s history—will make their way to Troy. The first-year students hail from 47 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and from countries all around the world.
Research projects under development within the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute were on stage for the institute’s third annual research showcase held Thursday.
Nanophotonics expert and physics professor Shawn-Yu Lin will receive a 2016 IEEE award for his role in discovering the darkest nano-material on Earth.
Invited speakers present current research on a variety of topics relating to physics and astronomy; the departmental colloquium is generally held weekly. The talks are open to all members of the RPI community.