Monday, October 13, 2014

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: 100 Years of Chemical Engineering at Rensselaer

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - why not change the world? 

The first chemical engineering course at Rensselaer was offered in 1914. This Oct. 9, the college celebrated this important 100-year milestone with demonstrations and activities in Rensselaer chemical engineering labs in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS).

In a press release, the college set the scene: "A century ago, Rensselaer faculty, students and alumni helped shape the young field of chemical engineering. They used their talent and ingenuity to find new ways of using, manufacturing and refining a range of chemicals.

"Today, Rensselaer faculty and students use many of the same techniques to address the major challenges before us: clean water for everyone, personalized health care, energy security, space travel, sustainability and climate change."

Among the research projects presented were:

  • Drug Delivery to the Brain: Researching ways to get drugs past the blood-brain barrier to help treat Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other diseases
  • Talking Germs: Researching ways to enable microbes to communicate with one other, so they can coordinate when carrying our complex tasks
  • Separating DNA with Waves: Developing a device that uses a combination of fluid flows and electric fields to manipulate and separate double-stranded DNA molecules

--Jennie Grey

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