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This fund supports the continued advancement of ongoing research initiatives, including the following:

Promoting Human Health.  

We are performing cutting-edge work at the forefront of critical fields, such as the use of controlled lighting environments for the therapeutic treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease, using machine learning to predict Autism, as well as advancing the broad field of neuroscience.  They are also at the forefront of the burgeoning biomanufacturing field.

Preserving Global Energy and the Environment.

Balancing the provision and consumption of energy with its impact upon the global environment is perhaps the most urgent challenge facing humankind.  We are providing key advances in the fields of energy generation, storage and transmission.  We are also developing new solutions for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, and protecting water and soil, the two most critical aspects of the natural environment.  Finally, we continue to build bold new initiatives to integrate solutions to the energy, transportation, health, environmental, and policy challenges of future cities across the globe.

Fostering Engines of Innovation. 

We are designing the new materials, integrated systems, and computation and data architectures that will drive the technologies of tomorrow.  Our researchers are creating materials that can transform the ability to provide cost-effective fuel cells for transportation, and developing new manufacturing methods that integrate robotics, high power computation, and adaptive processing for the foundations of new technologies.  We are at the forefront of advancing the basic science engineering applications of artificial intelligence.

Opening Windows into New Worlds. 

We are applying a remarkable set of tools that provide new windows into science, engineering and living systems.  From observing the motions of atoms and probing the interior mechanisms of cells, to replicating the conditions on earth when life first emerged, to providing new pathways to understanding our galaxy, and to unleashing one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, our researchers are applying a remarkable set of instruments to unlocking the mysteries of the universe.   And, where the instruments don’t already exist, we invent them.  These instruments are the foundations of our ability to lead science and engineering in fields that change the world.

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“Gifts in support of these critically important research areas will allow our faculty and students to advance the vision of Rensselaer in changing the world.”

A photo of Robert Hull, Ph.D. Vice President for Research Robert Hull is the Henry Burlage Professor, Director for the Center of Materials, Devices, and Integrated Systems, and Vice President for Research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Robert Hull Ph.D.
Vice President for Research
Henry Burlage Jr. Professor of Engineering
Director of Center for Materials, Devices, and Integrated Systems

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