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Even as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic makes many aspects of the future uncertain, a generous gift will ensure that first-year students in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute continue to receive a hands-on education.

Anyone who has experienced a midafternoon energy slump or suffered from jetlag has felt the effects of their body’s circadian rhythm. This internal clock helps regulate many of our physiological processes, including sleep, metabolism, and even how the brain functions.

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute anticipate a future in which a combination of smart wearables and algorithms assess each person’s circadian rhythm and provide personalized feedback as to what light, sleep, and work schedule would be ideal for their particular internal clock.

Cellphones, televisions, and computers all rely on the wireless spectrum, a series of signals that travel through the air by way of radio frequencies. Ever-increasing demand for this finite resource requires that policies and protocols aimed at coordinating spectrum use be updated and optimized.

The ECSE Arch Presentation offered a summary of the curriculum for students for their next two years at RPI, as well as showcasing opportunities available to them during the fall, spring and summer semesters. Student speakers also shared their Arch away experiences and highlighted a few of the many options our students have for their away semesters.

A new LED design, the details of which were recently published in Science Advances, provides a promising layout for future LED — light-emitting diode — technology, one that solves the challenge of declining brightness at higher energy levels, known as efficiency droop.

The ECSE community gathered once again on August 13, 2020 to discuss online learning for the Fall 2020 semester. The Town Hall was intended to share ECSE plans for classes and activities for the hybrid online and in-person Fall 2020 semester.
 
Slides from the Town Hall can be found here.
 

TROY, N.Y. —When the Shewanella oneidensis bacterium “breathes” in certain metal and sulfur compounds anaerobically, the way an aerobic organism would process oxygen, it produces materials that could be used to enhance electronics, electrochemical energy storage, and drug-delivery devices.

The webinar featured Department Head Professor John Wen, Class of 2024 Faculty Advisers Prof. Derya Malak, Prof. Tianyi Chen, Prof. Michael Shur and Prof. Ali Tajer, as well as ECSE First Year Adviser Cara Leath and Undergraduate Student Coordinator Rama Hamarneh.

The ECSE community gathered on July 16, 2020 to discuss online learning for the Fall 2020 semester.

TROY, N.Y. — The state of New York has set an ambitious target of developing and implementing a 100% clean electric grid by the year 2040, with the larger goal of eventual economy-wide carbon-neutrality. New York’s “Green New Deal” will require a multitude of industry and academic research initiatives aimed at making that effort a tangible reality.