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September 2, 2015: Vol 2 Issue 13
The Park Bench eNews is published bi-weekly by the Rensselaer Technology Park Campus.The eNews features articles and press releases involving Park companies and organizations, RPI in the news, special offers, invites and general information of interest to the Technology Park community.

The Lally School Welcomes Projects From Local Companies That Provide Students With Exposure To Current Business Challenges

As a participant of the RPI entrepreneurial ecosystem, we would like to make you aware of a unique project opportunity.  The Lally School of Management and EVE are working together to help both our students as well as our affiliated companies complete mutually beneficial real-world business projects as part of students’ academic curriculum for class credit during this Fall semester.  The objective is for businesses to help students build a bridge between the world of business education and the practical world of business, and for students to help businesses by applying the latest learnings from the classroom to deliver viable recommendations to a pre-defined problem or need.
Student teams will be available to work on projects in diverse industries like finance, technology, manufacturing and services as well as diverse functions like marketing, operations, human resources, analytics, organizational behavior, finance and technology commercialization. 
There is no charge to the business for participating. 
RPI has a very talented and skilled student body that can work on a breadth and depth of business-related projects.  If you have a project in mind that you would like to propose to see if a student team could be matched, please send a brief description and overview of your project need, using the form below, to Tammy Bolduc at by Wednesday, September 2nd, so that she can put you in touch with the appropriate Lally faculty member to discuss further. 
Below are some examples of the types of projects that would be appropriate:

  • Marketing assessment/marketing plan projects;
  • Mini cases that show how companies can use data analytics for their business.  Here, a guest speaker from the company would present a challenge to a class and discuss the data they have, and then let the student propose ways to use the data for competitive advantage;
  • A case study for the Business Analytics case competition.  Here, we can take big messy data sets that students can work on to solve a problem;
  • A project for a course called Predictive Analytics;
  • A database development project.

Those are some sample projects, and there is certainly flexibility to consider any other specific project needs and ideas, as we want this to be a practical, useful, and valuable experience and outcome for both the students and the companies.  

Find Application Here
In the News
The Rensselaer Technology Park Campus community is invited to participate in the Modeling Life in the Lab Symposium at Carey Institute for Global Good, September 15-18, 2015.

Hosted by Applied Biophysics, a leading manufacturer of instrumentation for biological research, this one-of-a kind symposium features global leaders in the field of mammalian cell research. The focus of lectures and discussions -- the total problem of modeling life in a laboratory environment and new technologies and analytical tools for handling cell-based data.
The kick-off keynote speaker is Duane Fernandez, Director of the Left Field Project, a workspace for artists, writers, designers and other creators to collaborate and network. Fernandez’s presentation, “Innovation through Design – My Creative Journey to Solve Problems and Master Ideation” is a must see for decision makers, entrepreneurs, marketing executives, technologist and innovators of all denominations. Fernandez has been featured in Inc. Magazine and his presentation will provide an introspective and thought provoking look at innovation and collaboration.
The keynote presentation on Day Two features by Dr. Ivar Giaever, resident Technology Park Campus and Applied Biophysics Nobel Prize winning physicist.  This is a rare opportunity to meet a Nobel Prize recipient and learn more about his work. 
Dr. Giaever will be also be featured in a future edition of the Park Bench eNewsletter.

Click the link below to read more information about the event and to register. You are welcome to register for one, two or all three days of the event. The event is open to the public.
Read More and Register Here

The Secret Life of Mud- A Jefferson Project Collaboration

In a basement lab, Krysia Kornecki reaches into a refrigerator and pulls out a small plastic tub — about half a pint— filled with mud. The mud was skimmed from the bottom of Lake George and in the hands of researchers the information it contains — in the form of microscopic plants and animals, pollen, chemical isotopes, and metal contaminants — will be translated into a biogeochemical history of Lake George.
Tech Companies are Hiring More Liberal Arts Majors Than You Think

"The philosophy behind liberal arts, which encourages diversity of skills and flexible critical thinking, transfers to the workplace in various forms," LinkedIn wrote in a blog post summarizing its study.


Researchers Investigate a Non-Invasive Test for Surgical Site Infections in Orthopedic Implants 

A team of researchers, led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Professor Eric Ledet, will investigate whether small wireless sensors incorporated into orthopedic implants could be used to detect surgical site infections. The research is supported by a $429,560 grant from the National Institutes of Health. 

In the United States, 2 to 5 percent of surgical inpatients will develop an SSI, accounting for approximately 300,000 cases per year.

5 Ways To Turn Precision Into Profits

Whoever has the most exact data - and knows how to use it - wins today.


Tech Connect


Upcoming Events

Event:       “Arc in the Park 5K” (6th Annual)
Date:         September 19, 2015
Location:  RPI Technology Park Campus
Time:         9:00 a.m. Start

Register HERE

CMOST Extended Summer Science Camps
Tuesday, September 8th & Wednesday, September 9th
9:00 AM-4:00 PM    
For more information and to register,
Click HERE


School Vacation Science Day Camps for Fall 2105
For more information and to register,
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