Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy at Rensselaer

Physics is the source of new concepts about the nature of the universe and is a driving force for new technologies. The fundamental physics research of one generation often leads to the applied physics and technology of the next.

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    B.S. in Physics

    A solid foundation in fundamental theoretical and experimental scientific principles.

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    Concentration in Computational Physics

    An excellent opportunity for students to use Rensselaer’s world-class supercomputing center, which operates an 80,000 CPU Blue Gene Q supercomputer and a Watson machine.

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    Ph.D in Physics

    While the usual program of a graduate student is a highly specialized one compared to most undergraduate programs, substantial opportunities exist, both in principle and in practice, for students to undertake programs of study and research which span one or more fields.

Announcements

On November 10, 2017, the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) held a grand opening of the Park Nanoscience Center in Albany.  Professor Gwo-Ching Wang presented an invited talk.

New nanomaterials technique bends light, pushing the limit of thin-film absorption in solar and water-splitting applications.

 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Physics program cited for “earnings boost” over typical physics graduates.

RPI researchers Boleslaw Szymanski (PI) and Gyorgy Korniss (co-PI) joined the team of UIUC researchers: Tarek Abdelzaher (PI), Jiawei Han (co-PI) and David Nicol (co-PI) in preparing a proposal titled SocialCube: A Multiscale Modeling and Simulation Framework for Social Streams.

Emily Kosmaczewski, a graduate student in astronomy has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant for the 2017-2018 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Kosmaczewski will spend her Fulbright tenure conducting research on radio galaxies at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.  

News

The Office of Student Life at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has launched a new program designed to provide safe transportation for students during evening hours, which will supplement the Institute’s existing shuttle service.

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To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the Center for Communication Practices at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has announced a broader vision as well as a new name: the Center for Global Communication and Design, known informally as Comm+D. T

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Troy, N.Y. — According to the recent National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Job Outlook 2018 survey, employers plans to hire four percent more new graduates during 2017-18 than they did in 2016-17 for their U.S. operations.

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During the month of February, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will be illuminated with pulsing red lights as part of the American Heart Association’s effort to remind people that heart disease is the number one killer of women in America.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has announced the addition of two new members to the Rensselaer Board of Trustees, effective January 1, 2018: Linda Pitzi Jojo ’87, ’92G, executive vice president, technology, and chief digital officer at United Continental Holdings, the parent company of United Airlines, and T.J. Wojnar Jr.’80, vice president of corporate strategic planning at ExxonMobil.

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Contact Information

Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy

Jonsson Rowland Science Center, Room 1C25
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180

(518) 276-6310