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

Rensselaer PolytechnRensselaer Polytechnic Institute Physics Professor Gwo-Ching Wang has been elected as a fellow of the Materials Research Society for seminal contributions to the fundamental understanding of surface and thin film ordering using electron diffraction and the invention of electron pole figure technique for growth front texture analysisic Institute Physics Professor Gwo-Ching Wang has been elected as a fellow of the Materials Research Society for "seminal contributions to the fundamental understanding of surface and thin film ordering using electron diffraction and the invention of electron pole figure technique for growth front texture analysis".

The awards are made to SPS chapters to support projects designed to promote interest in physics among students and the general public.

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

News

Emily Kosmaczewski, a graduate student in astronomy, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant for the 2017-2018 academic year. She will spend her Fulbright tenure conducting research on radio galaxies in Krakow, Poland.

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Troy, N.Y. —A record total of 19,485 high school students have filed applications to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute this fall, according to numbers released today by the Rensselaer Office of Admissions. This year’s total represents an increase of 5 percent from last year at this time, and nearly a 10 percent increase over the past two years.

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Troy, N.Y. — Last September, the Smithsonian Institution opened its newest museum, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC). The celebration will now reach beyond Washington, D.C., to the City of Troy, New York as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus presents: A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture. On Saturday, Feb.

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Troy, N.Y. — According to the recent National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Job Outlook 2017 survey, hiring for U.S. openings is expected to be relatively flat. Employers indicated plans to hire 5.8 percent more new graduates during 2016-17 than they did in 2015-16 for their U.S. operations.

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Troy, N.Y. — The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named 175 leaders of academic inventions to NAI fellow status. Michael Shur, the Patricia W. and C.

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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