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

Aaron Littlejohn, graduate student in physics, feature interview in NANOscientific, “Current Trends in Spintronics and Nanostructured Materials”. A fourth year Ph.D. student working under Professor Gwo-Ching Wang in the Nanostructure Science Laboratory, he is a researcher in the Center for Materials, Devices and Ingrated Systems (cMDIS) collaborating with scientists and engineers from a variety of fields founded with the ultimate goal of fostering a safe, secure, and sustainable world by making significant contributions to science and technology.

Members of the Society of Physics Students (SPS), recognized for their outreach activity for the Community Resources Program of Unity House, Troy, New York.

New effort among faculty is opening a pathway between social sciences and technical sciences

Achievements of Undergraduate and Graduate students recognized at School of Science Commencement brunch.

News

Members of the Rensselaer student hackathon organization, dubbed “HackRPI,” view hacking as use of technology to create something that’s never been used before. Over 500 students will participate in a 24-hour “hackathon” this weekend.   

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hosted John O. Brennan, director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), for a conversation on “Technological Change and National Security” with Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson on Friday, November 4.

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It’s a small change that makes a big difference. Researchers have developed a method that uses a one-degree change in temperature to alter the color of light that a semiconductor emits. 

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As signs of autumn such as falling leaves and cool weather days can be found across the Rensselaer campus, the university will be buzzing with activity as thousands of Rensselaer families are expected to visit Oct. 21-23 to celebrate Family Weekend. 

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The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been named a recipient of the University at Albany Foundation’s Citizen Laureate Award.

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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