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The Jefferson Project at Lake George

The Jefferson Project at Lake George is a historic partnership of The FUND for Lake George, IBM, Rensselaer, and Rensselaer's Darrin Fresh Water Institute to make Lake George a global model for ecosystem understanding and protection. By creating predictive capacities that harness latest science to light the path forward, this model aims to deliver ecological and market benefits that are widely felt, in the U.S. and worldwide.

Equipped with one of the most comprehensive scientific databases for a freshwater lake in the world, project partners are using this information as a springboard to understanding and solving the systemic problems now threatening to permanently degrade the Queen of American Lakes. The project name comes from Thomas Jefferson's timeless declaration of Lake George as: “without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw”—words that provide both inspiration and destination for this unprecedented endeavor.

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IDEA

Institute for Data Exploration and Applications

We live in a data-driven, Web-enabled, supercomputer-powered, globally interconnected world, and this poses significant challenges to scientists and engineers throughout all of their disciplines. Attacking these problems requires significant new technologies for sensing the environment, collecting and analyzing this data, using it to simulate engineered, biological and social systems, and applying these results to provide effectors, physical or cyber, that can help solve critical global challenges.

The Rensselaer IDEA enables research across this campus to access such technologies via the development of critical computational methodologies including data-intensive supercomputing, large-scale agent-based simulation, and cognitive computing technologies.

cMDIS

Center for Materials, Devices, and Integrated Systems

The cMDIS, newly transitioned from the Center for Integrated Electronics, serves as the platform for researchers in diverse disciplines within the physical sciences and engineering to tackle some of the most pressing grand challenges that face our society in the 21st century.

The center leads strategic research efforts in the fields of advanced materials, devices, and integrated systems, encompassing leading-edge technologies such as lightweight composite materials, sensors and sensor networks, power electronics, wide bandgap semiconductors, as well as the integration of these technologies into complex systems, using a state-of-the-art clean room and other core research facilities.

 

 

School of Science Research Centers

Baruch ’60 Center for Biochemical Solar Energy Research

Researchers are working to develop the next generation of solar technology by studying one of the most powerful energy converting machines in the world—plants.

Center for Astrobiology

The Center is devoted to investigating the origins of life on Earth and the conditions that lead to formation of habitable planets in our own and other solar systems.

Center for Initiatives in Pre-College Education

CIPCE is committed to working with K-12 students and teachers on inquiry-based approaches to teaching in the STEM disciplines.

Data Science Research Center

The DSRC acquires, processes, analyzes, models, visualizes, and simulates complex data to close the data-to-knowledge gap across multiple time and length scales.

Inverse Problems Center

Inverse problems addressed at IPRPI include medical and molecular imaging, geophysical fault identification, bridge embankment and dike integrity and radar imaging.

New York State Center for Polymer Synthesis

The Center for Polymer Synthesis provides bridges for companies to work with Rensselaer faculty and students in designing, producing, and testing novel polymers than can change the way people live and work.

Rensselaer Exploratory Center for Cheminformatics Research

Dedicated to advancing the field of Cheminformatics and increasing the availability of new methods within the Cheminformatics user community.

Institute Research Centers

Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies

Ranked among the world’s most advanced research facilities, The Rensselaer Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies provides the university with a state-of-the-art location to conduct interdisciplinary research and host world-class programs and symposia.

Center for Materials, Devices, and Integrated Systems

The cMDIS serves as the platform for researchers in diverse disciplines within the physical sciences and engineering to tackle challenges in advanced materials and devices, as well as the integration of these technologies into complex integrated systems.

Institute for Data Exploration and Applications

Utilizing significant new technologies for sensing/simulating the environment, The Rensselaer IDEA projects range from studying the molecular “biomes” that arise in urban environments to modeling large-scale enviroments and ecological climate effects.

Network Science and Technology Center

NeST focuses on the fundamental research and engineering of natural and technological networks,ranging from social and cognitive networks to computer networks.

Scientific Computation Research Center

Researchers in SCOREC concentrate on the development of reliable simulation technologies for engineers, scientists, medical professionals, and other practitioners.

The Darrin Fresh Water Institute

DFWI is a multidisciplinary environmental research center dedicated to understanding the structure and function of aquatic, terrestrial and atmospheric systems in the Northeastern United States. Utilizing DFWI, the Jefferson Project at Lake George is a historic partnership of The FUND for Lake George, IBM, and Rensselaer to make Lake George a global model for ecosystem understanding and protection.