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  • Studying Soil Behavior Under Pressure Could Save Millions of Dollars

    September 9, 2019 -

    TROY, N.Y. – Millions of dollars are spent fortifying dams to withstand earthquakes — but it may not be necessary.  New research being conducted at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is examining whether or not that spending actually contributes to public safety.

    “The Army Corps of Engineers has spent hundreds of millions of dollars retrofitting some dams which may not need to be retrofitted,” said Tarek Abdoun, a chaired professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rensselaer who is leading this research with support from the National Science Foundation.

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Class of 2019 Encouraged To Change the World

    May 18, 2019 -

    During the 213th Commencement Ceremony at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the nation’s oldest technological university, the Honorable John P. Holdren urged the Class of 2019 to become emissaries “on the relevance of science and technology to the biggest issues affecting human well‐being.”

  • Tweaking Freight Delivery Patterns May Have Significant Environmental Benefits

    March 28, 2019 -

    TROY, N.Y. — As online commerce drives up the number of deliveries being made each day throughout the country, relatively small changes in the timing and frequency of freight deliveries—such as switching the standard delivery window from day to night—may have significant environmental and economic benefits, according to experts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.