This collection consists of Ph.D. dissertations and Master's theses completed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy campus. Ph.D. dissertations since December 2006 and Master's theses since December 2007 are available. In addition, some older theses and dissertations have been added. Theses in this collection have either a Standard Rensselaer License or a Creative Commons License. Original paper copies of all dissertations and theses (including those not available online) are available in the Rensselaer Libraries.

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    • MoveOn and E-motion : the paradox of cyberactivism in consumer society 

      Dincki, Sandrine (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2006-08)
      The relationship between media and democracy has always been characterized by a tension between public and private interests with a tendency for the latter to prevail. Mediated politics and consumption in a democratic ...
    • Exploring cavity effects on protein dynamic disorder with pressure perturbation 

      Zhang, Siwen (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2022-08)
      Given the central role of conformational dynamics in protein function, it is essential to characterize the timescales and structures associated with these transitions. High-pressure perturbation favors transitions to excited ...
    • The impact of surface modification on magneto-functional iron oxide – polyethylene oxide nanocomposites 

      Weiblen, Donovan George, III (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2022-08)
      Remote triggering of smart materials such as shape memory polymers and nanocomposites for drug delivery are research areas of continued interest for magneto-functional nanocomposites. Magnetically susceptible nanoparticles ...
    • Cell free production of isobutanol 

      Wong, Matthew (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2022-08)
      With a need for greener fuels, research into production of biofuels is essential. Isobutanol out preforms ethanol in key metrics such as engine compatibility, energy density, and gasoline blending. Current biofuel strategies ...
    • Data-driven modeling for smart manufacturing systems 

      Yang, Shu (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2022-08)
      Smart manufacturing (SM) is a new paradigm of manufacturing that leverages rapid advance in information technologies, industrial Internet-of-Things to improve the flexibility and adaptability of manufacturing, which is ...
    • Elucidating the causal mechanisms of Alzheimer's disease using cell-based models 

      Narayanan, Vibha (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2022-08)
      The lack of a preventive therapy for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) has increased the urgency for gaining an understanding of the mechanisms that lead to cognitive decline and eventually death. ...
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      Diamond, Travis (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2022-08)
      Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus is a disease characterized by the loss of insulin production from beta cells in the pancreas, which results in unregulated blood glucose (BG). The condition is permanent, exacting a high toll on ...
    • A step towards the practical evaluation of wildlife identification algorithms 

      Mankowski, Alexander R. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2022-08)
      Computer vision approaches have shown to be an effective tool for wildlife identification across a wide range of species. As the field grows and the amount of available data grows with it, deep learning based approaches ...
    • Reduced-order modeling of neutron transport by proper generalized decomposition 

      Dominesey, Kurt A. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2022-08)
      The numerical simulation of neutron transport within a nuclear reactor—for brevity, reactor physics—is the foundation on which analysts: design new reactors; license existing designs; prolong the licenses of operating ...
    • Synthetic data-based machine learning applications for 21st-century power systems 

      Dorado-Rojas, Sergio A. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2022-08)
      Driven by climate change, power system engineers are developing solutions to integrate renewable energies. Such modernization of electrical networks requires novel technologies to increase the efficiency of the electrical ...
    • Semantically enabled medical image understanding 

      Agu, Nkechinyere Nneka (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2022-08)
      Medical imaging examination is the most common form of routine medical analysis, which involves several stages of reasoning and careful analysis to reach a final decision by the radiologist. Most deep learning frameworks ...
    • Compressive hyperspectral single-pixel imaging for lifetime imaging and tomography applications 

      Ochoa, Marien I. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2022-08)
      The present document summarizes the overall goal, specific objectives, preliminary results,current conclusions as well as the future aims to be addressed for completion of a PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering and is ...
    • Modeling the viscosity and solubility of protein solutions 

      Virk, Sabitoj Singh (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2022-08)
      Viscosity and solubility are one of the most important physical properties integral to the manufacturing and use of nearly every consumer product. The formulation of materials ranging from toothpastes to therapeutic drugs ...
    • Augmenting collaborative immersive systems through cognitive technologies for educational scenarios 

      Chabot, Samuel Roger Vincent (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2022-08)
      Virtual reality continues to proliferate in the classroom. Human-scale immersive virtual environments provide natural benefits and assuage many of the issues raised with head-mounted displays. While a headset removes a ...
    • Mesoscale simulation approach for the dynamics and assembly of deformable objects 

      Bello, Toluwanimi (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2022-08)
      The dynamics and self-assembly of small, deformable objects are investigated in this study.These objects are represented as deformable spheres in contact, with the geometry of the spheres representing the interactions of ...
    • Gaze, steering, and active vision during skilled quadcopter flight 

      Powell, Nathaniel V. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2022-08)
      Previous accounts of how humans locomote have focused on movements and perceptualjudgments along the 2D ground plane, such as when driving automobiles or walking over various types of terrain. Humans, however, can also ...
    • Machine learning in health informatics 

      Mavroudeas, Georgios (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2022-08)
      This dissertation concerns applications of Machine learning in health informatics. With an eye on personalized care as a main driver, we contribute on the following topics, (i) interpretable AI with applications in ...
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      Cerini, Arielle (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2022-08)
      The intersection of critical creative practices and HCI was explored in an effort to create a design framework for developing material speculations in the form of communication tools that evoke critical reflection. In an ...
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      Han, Xuan (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2022-09)
      Although protein therapeutics, especially monoclonal antibodies (mAb), have raised tremendous attention in recent decades due to their efficacy in treating a wide range of diseases, they often face a number of development ...
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      Huang, Sijia (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2022-07)
      This thesis presents a high-order accurate partitioned scheme for the solution of conjugate heat transfer (CHT) problems. The scheme is based on special second-order accurate CHAMP (Conjugate Heat transfer Advanced ...

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