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Students thrive at the intersections of engineering, computer science, and humanities

Wed, 09 Oct 2019

Seniors Melissa Wen, Nathan Nickerson, and Jarrod Young are this year's winners of the Wells Award, given each year to high-achieving students in the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences who also excel in the humanities.


A ‘new chapter’ in quest for novel quantum materials

Tue, 27 Aug 2019

Aluminum stops being a metal. Metals turns transparent. Remarkable things happen to materials placed under remarkable conditions, and Rochester scientists are at the forefront of the quest to understand why.


Two faculty recognized by DOE as exceptional researchers

Mon, 12 Aug 2019

Two University of Rochester faculty members–Hussein Aluie and Ellen Matson–have been named recipients of Early Career Research awards from the Department of Energy.


These mentors make a difference for first-generation, minority students

Thu, 08 Aug 2019

Five University of Rochester faculty mentors are the inaugural recipients of a new mentorship award from the University’s David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity.


Finding order in the chaos of turbulence

Wed, 26 Jun 2019

A new set of conservation laws developed by Rochester researchers are unique to the turbulent flows within magnetic fields, and could help explain the evolution of stars and galaxies.


‘Exotic’ form of ice both solid and liquid

Wed, 15 May 2019

Using lasers at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, researchers have created a superionic water ice, identifying and recording the ice’s atomic structure for the first time and changing our understanding of ice giant planets like Uranus and Neptune.


Engineering an international career path

Mon, 06 May 2019

Suman Kumar '19 has attended a half dozen international development conferences, met Nobel laureates, rebuilt two schools destroyed by earthquakes in Nepal, and still managed to complete a rigorous curriculum in mechanical engineering.


Three Rochester teams compete for $1M Hult Prize

Fri, 22 Feb 2019

Three teams of Rochester graduates and current students have reached the regional finals of the world's largest social entrepreneurship competition.


With data science, Rochester’s laser lab moves closer to controlled nuclear fusion

Thu, 31 Jan 2019

One of the biggest challenges to controlled nuclear fusion has been the lack of accurate models to predict increased fusion energy yields. Now a Rochester team of more than 50 scientists has used “big data” to triple fusion yields.


Study suggests how high blood pressure might contribute to Alzheimer’s

Fri, 25 Jan 2019

New Rochester research may help explain the connection between high blood pressure and Alzheimer's disease, and it's all to do with how the brain pumps away waste.