Masters' Scholars Research Program

The Masters' Scholars Research Program (MSRP) is a voluntary, selective program. Qualifying students will collaborate with Lally faculty or faculty across the Rensselaer campus to realize practical outcomes from research. Students completing this program will receive a certificate of accomplishment. Past participants in the program have received research fellowships as a result of their work, and others have helped faculty license technology or participated in the establishment of a high-tech venture.

Program Details

 

Spring 2017 Final Presentation Topics

MIMIC (Modular Indoor MicroClimate technology)
Investigation of markets for a personalized device delivering heating and cooling that provides 15 to 35 percent energy savings
  • Berardo Matalucci, CASE Professor Theo Borca-Tasciuc, MANE
  • Yuhan Chen, TCE, Lally School of Management 
  • Chen Shi, BSAN, Lally School of Management 
  • Chi Zhang, QFRA, Lally School of Management 
 
AMBIS
Investigation of potential markets for biomaterial wall and ceiling panels that can be used for increased energy efficiency, acoustic management, and increased indoor air quality 
  • Nina Wilson, CASE
  • Yurui Cao, QFRA, Lally School of Management 
  • Yu He, SPCM, Lally School of Management 
 
Carbon Capture and Re-use: The Big Picture
  • Andrew Eagan, TCE, Lally School of Management 
 
BioChemInsights
Determination of the value and economic impact of utilizing electrochemical bioreactor technology to convert harmful nitrates into harmless atmospheric nitrogen and bring nitrate-polluted wells back to service
  • Dr. Clifford Morrison
  • Bill Armiger
  • Yixian Chen, QFRA, Lally School of Management 
  • Priyanka Kalmane, BSAN, Lally School of Management 
  • Mengfang Sun, BSAN, Lally School of Management 
 
Retirement
Planning variable annuities for long life coverage
  • Aparna Gupta, Associate Professor, Lally School of Management 
  • Yueliang Lu, QFRA, Lally School of Management 
 
Geographic Diversification
Geographic diversification of Corporate R&D Labs and impact on firm innovation performance
  • Qiang Wu, Associate Professor, Lally School of Management 
  • Xiaotian Li, TCE, Lally School of Management 
  • Mengting Wang, QFRA, Lally School of Management 
  • Yu Zhang, MGMT, Lally School of Management 
 
Start-Up Failure
Why do start-ups who’ve received investor funding still fail?  
  • Shyam Kumar, Associate Professor, Lally School of Management 
  • Prakrit Balaraju, QFRA, Lally School of Management 
  • Kusuma Buddhiraju, BSAN, Lally School of Management 
  • Ningyuan Hao, BSAN, Lally School of Management 
 
Graphical user interface design and implementation for optimized technical trading
Designing trading rules that optimize technical indicators
  • Chanaka Edirisinghe, Professor, Lally School of Management 
  • Kaizhou Lei, QFRA, Lally School of Management

Sample research opportunities

  • Working with Lally faculty to translate research projects for practitioner use.
  • Investigating a current issue or emerging trend thus creating new research questions for faculty to study.
  • Working with a company on a current problem of interest to them.
  • Working with faculty in the School of Engineering or Science, including the BioMedical Engineering department and the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary studies (CBIS), to help them find commercial pathways for lab research discoveries and inventions.

Program Requirements

  • The program is voluntary, but if a student or student team commits to a project they are expected to complete it.
  • Students can work independently or in teams.
  • Students can select their project of interest; projects will not be assigned to students.
  • Bi-weekly meetings allow student(s) to provide progress reports and receive faculty feedback.
  • Projects must be completed during the duration of a student's enrollment at Lally.