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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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  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson today announced the launch of the Rensselaer Institute for Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Computing (DAIC).

    The goal of the Institute is to become the primary academic center in the country for advancing new computational paradigms, including those that are a hybrid of conventional, neuromorphic, and quantum computing — combining bits, neurons, and qubits, which will make it possible to solve problems that current computing systems cannot. The new institute will allow Rensselaer to innovate using quantum computing and edge computing for networks and cyber-physical systems, and hacker-proof quantum communications.

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers have developed an accessible way to make N95 face masks not only effective barriers to germs, but on-contact germ killers. The antiviral, antibacterial masks can potentially be worn longer, causing less plastic waste as the masks do not need to be replaced as frequently.

    Helen Zha, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering and a member of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Rensselaer (CBIS), collaborated with Edmund Palermo, associate professor of materials science and engineering and a member of the Center for Materials, Devices, and Integrated systems (cMDIS) at Rensselaer, to fight infectious respiratory disease and environmental pollution with the perfect recipe to improve face masks.

  • “There is a standard story about how computers developed that is centralized around Silicon Valley; this creation myth of the computer as a uniquely American cultural and social phenomenon,” said Michael Century, a professor in the Department of Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. “That story is not wrong, but it's not the whole story.”

  • A new theory of economic decision-making from Mina Mahmoudi, a lecturer in the Department of Economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, offers an explanation as to why humans, in general, make decisions that are simply adequate, not optimal.

  • A new project from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to develop a predictive model for how tiny virus particles behave in the lungs holds the potential to significantly impact COVID research.

  • The mental workload of intensive care unit nurses can successfully be evaluated using eye-movement tracking glasses.

  • During the 216th Commencement Ceremony at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the nation’s oldest technological research university, Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson addressed the Class of 2022. “I’m proud of this university, and proud of the transformation I have been privileged to lead. And I am proud of all of you.”

    She urged graduates to be mindful of the lessons that life is still teaching them. “The real mark of how successful you will be in life is how well you respond to your mistakes, and what lessons you take from them,” said President Jackson. “I must impart this wisdom to you. Hardship does not build character. It reveals character.”

    During the ceremony, which was held at the East Campus Athletic Village, Rensselaer awarded 119 doctoral degrees, 425 master’s degrees, and 1,519 bachelor’s degrees—to 2,033 students, some of whom earned more than one degree.

  • This spring, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the first technological research university in the United States, will award a total of 2,063 degrees — 119 doctoral degrees, 425 master’s degrees, and 1,519 bachelor’s degrees — to 2,033 students, some of whom have earned multiple degrees.

    These accomplishments will be celebrated during the 216th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 21, beginning at 8:15 a.m. in the East Campus Athletic Village stadium on the Rensselaer campus.

    In addition to the in-person ceremony, the event will be live-streamed, and those on campus or watching remotely are encouraged to download signs and other creative assets from the Commencement website that can add to their celebrations.

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

    The Class of 2022

  • Thirty-six students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will soon 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 months of May and June, coinciding with the 216th Commencement ceremony hosted by Rensselaer, which will begin at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 21.

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson will be joined by Commencement honorands Dr. Francis S. Collins, Acting Science Advisor to President Joe Biden, and Dr. Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, for the 2022 President’s Commencement Colloquy. The theme of this year's discussion is “Intersecting Vulnerabilities with Cascading Consequences.” The event will take place on Friday, May 20 in the concert hall of the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at 3:30 p.m.

    Commencement Colloquy is a revered tradition started by President Jackson, and for the past 19 years, has served as a forum for discussions among leaders and influencers with diverse perspectives on global challenges. Past colloquy participants have included U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, and Dr. Anthony Fauci.