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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 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.

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai today announced the creation of the Center for Engineering and Precision Medicine (CEPM), one of the first centers in the nation to bridge engineering and engineering science with medicine. This undertaking will build on a wealth of shared basic research discoveries, explore unique therapeutic innovations in cancer, Alzheimer’s and a myriad of infectious diseases; educate a new generation of biomedical leaders; and develop new technologies and processes that enhance patient outcomes in unprecedented ways. CEPM represents an evolution in the successful partnership between Mount Sinai and RPI, one that has secured over $70 million in shared research funding since 2013 with 90 percent of that provided by the National Institutes of Health.

  • New research from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute shows that when service-industry companies respond with the right mix of rational and emotional cues that match the nature of complaints in negative reviews, it can positively impact the perception and ratings of future customers as well as the complaining customer.

  • GameFest, the annual student game development showcase hosted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will be held on Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m.

  • New research from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute shows that innovative business models that tap into extra warehouse space can be a potential solution for companies with changing demand requirements or tight fulfillment windows.

  • Rensselaer Professor Jonathan Dordick and collaborators from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Albany Medical College have been awarded $500,000 from the New York State Biodefense Commercialization Fund to engage in research for the development of a Pentosan Polysulfate (PPS)-based nasal spray to block COVID-19.

  • Rensselaer Professor Michael Amitay has been awarded $800,000 from the Department of Defense as part of the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) to engage in research to advance the study of unsteady aerodynamics.

    “This will enable us to simulate a flight of an airplane in our wind tunnel with pitch, roll, and yaw maneuvers, and, at the same time, measure the unsteady forces and moments,” said Principal Investigator Dr. Michael Amitay, director of The Center for Flow Physics and Control (CeFPaC) at Rensselaer. “This is a unique system that will significantly enhance our research capabilities and propel new research in unsteady aerodynamics to design more efficient airplanes. The system will enable us to quantify the performance of airplanes during various maneuvers, which will be used to develop advance techniques to improve their performance.”