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The Rensselaer Technology Licensing Office focuses on promoting Rensselaer’s innovations to both benefit the public and stimulate economic growth. We are your dedicated resource for streamlining collaboration with industry. Click below to find information on securing intellectual property protection and how our office works with researchers to help protect and promote their discoveries and inventions.

Targeting Prostate Tumors with Better Precision

As clinicians work tirelessly to improve cancer treatment on a more personalized level, they are partnering closely with engineers who are enabling vastly improved medical imaging. “In order to do precision medicine, you need to see better,” said Pingkun Yan, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Rensselaer. “If you cannot see, you can’t do anything.”


Our mission at Rensselaer’s Technology Licensing Office is to share great ideas with you. We encourage you to browse our database of available technologies. These inventions may help shape the future of your business.

Marcian “Ted” Hoff Class of 1958

In 1969, Hoff invented the first electronic circuit that combined complicated computer functions on a single silicon chip, earning him recognition as the “father of the microprocessor.” This single chip had as much computing power as the first electronic computer, ENIAC, which in 1946 filled a room. The microprocessor created a revolution in computing.

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  • During the 214th Commencement Ceremony hosted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the nation’s first technological university, United States Senator Charles Ellis “Chuck” Schumer of New York reminded graduates that “even in times of difficulty, there are always opportunities.”

    During the ceremony, which was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rensselaer awarded a total of 2,099 degrees — 124 doctoral degrees, 407 master’s degrees, and 1,568 bachelor’s degrees — to 2,074 students, some of whom earned multiple degrees. One student even earned three degrees.

    Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson presided over the ceremony. She congratulated the graduates on their accomplishments and encouraged them to use their talents and creativity to help others in need, especially during the ongoing crisis.

  • This spring, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the first technological research university in the United States, will award a total of 2,099 degrees (124 doctoral degrees, 407 master’s degrees, and 1,568 bachelor’s degrees) to 2,074 students, some of whom have earned multiple degrees.

    These accomplishments will be celebrated during the 214th Commencement Ceremony, which will be held remotely on Saturday, May 23, beginning online at noon. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Institute is unable to conduct traditional, in-person Commencement exercises. Prior to graduation, students and their supporters are encouraged to download signs and other creative assets that can add to their remote celebrations from the Commencement website.

    The following overview provides facts, figures, and useful information about the ceremony and its participants.

  • This month, more than 25 students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will graduate from Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) programs.

    Commissioning signifies the beginning of a student’s active military service. Each student will take an oath of office in his or her respective branch of service in one of three commissioning ceremonies scheduled during the month of May, coinciding with the Virtual Commencement ceremony that will be hosted by the Institute at noon on Saturday, May 23.

  • While the May 23rd Commencement ceremony for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Class of 2020 will not be the traditional, in-person celebration everyone expected, that does not change or take away from the impressive accomplishments the soon-to-be graduates have achieved in their time at the Institute.

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has announced the recent addition of two new members to the Rensselaer Board of Trustees. Dr. John D. Bennett, President and Chief Executive Officer of CDPHP, and Ms. Kathryn I. Murtagh ’87, Esq., Chief Compliance Officer and Managing Director for Sustainable Investing of Harvard Management Company Inc. (HMC), joined the board effective March 13, 2020.

    “I am delighted that these two distinguished leaders are joining our Board of Trustees as we approach the 200th anniversary of the founding of Rensselaer,” said Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, President of Rensselaer. “Their insights and experience will help us extend our leadership in research and pedagogy and reinforce our commitment to instilling our students with intellectual agility, multicultural sophistication, and a global view.”

  • Any student who applies to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an undergraduate in the fall of 2021 or the spring of 2022 will be able to choose whether or not to submit SAT or ACT scores.

  • In the cold winter months of early 2019, Nathan Meltz found himself deep in a creative block. An established screenprinting artist, having exhibited in galleries around the world, Meltz is known for his use of mechanical imagery as visual metaphors for various types of destructive technologies, from war machines to fossil fuel extraction devices. But he was struggling to find inspiration.

    Then, he was introduced to the expressionist work of an early 20th-century German artist named Käthe Kollwitz. Her empathetic depictions of mothers and the working-class poor in the two World Wars struck something in Meltz, a senior lecturer in the Department of Arts in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

  • With the support of a $2.66 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), a research team led by Aparna Gupta, an associate professor of quantitative finance in the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will develop crucial risk management tools for the power sector to better incorporate renewable energy into the energy market in the coming decades.

    Because of risks such as weather variability and a lack of power system storage, relying on wind and solar currently seems far riskier than traditional, less environmentally friendly energy sources to many end users. The risk segmenting and scoring methods that will be created over the course of this three-year grant will make it easier for renewable energy producers to actively participate in energy markets, and for end users to benefit from reliable, inexpensive energy.

  • Claudia Sanchez and her classmates at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute had been looking forward to seeing their Creative Seminar work on display in the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy. As graduating students in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS), this gallery show was supposed to be the culmination of four years of intense learning and hard work.

    Sanchez wanted the experience of watching the public view her capstone project, a 2D animation short titled En Mi Viejo San Juan, an homage to the emotional struggle she felt about leaving her home in Puerto Rico to study in Troy.

    Then the pandemic struck.

  • TROY, N.Y. — In order to effectively address intractable challenges like cancer, researchers, drug developers, and clinicians need to be able to see how a potential therapeutic works within a living system, ideally in real time. That type of vision and insight is being made possible by engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

    A new $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) underscores the influence of Rensselaer researchers in this area, as they continue to develop new and innovative bioimaging techniques that also harness the power of machine learning methods.