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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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  • More strategic and coordinated travel restrictions likely could have reduced the spread of COVID-19 in the early stages of the pandemic. That’s according to new research published in Communications Physics. This finding stems from new modeling conducted by a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

    The researchers evaluated the distance between countries in terms of air travel, a more complex measurement than simply mapping physical distance. For instance, while China and Thailand may be geographically more proximate to one another, if there are significantly more flights between China and the United States, the chance of disease spread may be higher. 

  • Most everyone has heard about the dangers of lead — a toxic metal used for centuries that, because of mining, industrial pollution and automobile emissions, is found in the soil of playgrounds, parks, empty lots, and maybe even your backyard. Remediation or removal is expensive and nearly impossible in many situations. So how can people try to reduce the harms caused by lead in the soil of their communities?

    Abby Kinchy, a professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will seek to answer these questions with the support of a Scholars Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The $94,000 grant will enable Kinchy to trace soil lead residues in four countries with distinctive roles in the lead industry: the United States, Chile, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

  • Oxygen levels in the world’s temperate freshwater lakes are declining rapidly — faster than in the oceans — a trend driven largely by climate change that threatens freshwater biodiversity and drinking water quality.

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated inequities in urban freight and the delivery of goods. This misalignment in the supply chain is perpetuating food insecurity, especially in areas where grocery store access is limited or non-existent and for those who have limited access to e-commerce.

    With the support of a $325,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will develop mathematical models that allow them to study how this urban freight gap could be closed. Among other issues, they will consider the potential effects of traffic network and route reconfiguration, the sustainability of offering free or low shipping fees, and the supply chain costs associated with healthy food items. They will also explore what policies could support equitable market change.

  • As more dissolved organic matter enters lakes across the northeast United States, darkening the lakes in a phenomena called “browning,” new research shows that these waters may be growing less productive and able to sustain less life.

  • The Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute recently received a five-year extension of accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), the premier accrediting agency for higher education degree programs in business.

  • During the 215th Commencement Ceremony at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the nation’s first technological university, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci urged the Class of 2021 to work toward a more unified society.

    “Please strive to make ours a nation where our differences are our strengths, not the source of discord,” he implored the graduates.

    During the ceremony, which was held at the East Campus Athletic Village, Rensselaer awarded a total of 2,198 degrees — 115 doctoral degrees, 493 master’s degrees, and 1,590 bachelor’s degrees — to 2,174 students, some of whom earned multiple degrees. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, only graduating students were allowed to attend the ceremony in person.

    Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson presided over the ceremony. She congratulated the graduates on their accomplishments as well as their resilience.

  • Four years ago, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Class of 2021 planted a red maple on the Troy campus and installed a plaque next to it with a quote from Winston Churchill: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

    That sentiment resonates even more strongly as the class prepares to graduate, having completed their degrees amid an extreme — and ongoing — global health crisis. Due to health protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the graduates will be the only in-person attendees at their Commencement. But their resilience and accomplishments will be celebrated around the world.

  • This spring, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the first technological research university in the United States, will award a total of 2,198 degrees — 115 doctoral degrees, 493 master’s degrees, and 1,590 bachelor’s degrees — to 2,174 students, some of whom have earned multiple degrees.

    These accomplishments will be celebrated during the 215th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 22, beginning at 10 a.m. in the East Campus Athletic Village stadium on the Rensselaer campus.

    Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and related health guidelines, only graduating students will participate in person. The event will be live-streamed, and those watching remotely are encouraged to download signs and other creative assets from the Commencement website that can add to their celebrations.

  • Heart disease and cancer are the leading causes of death in the United States, and it’s increasingly understood that they share common risk factors, including tobacco use, diet, blood pressure, and obesity. Thus, a diagnostic tool that could screen for cardiovascular disease while a patient is already being screened for cancer has the potential to expedite a diagnosis, accelerate treatment, and improve patient outcomes.