Lonn Combs and Chris Perry, assistant professors of architecture, will serve as technical chairs of the 2015 ACADIA conference “Computational Ecologies: Design in the Anthropocene.” ACADIA (the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture) is an international network of digital design researchers and professionals whose aim is to facilitate critical investigations into the role of computation in architecture, planning, and building science, encouraging innovation in design creativity, sustainability, and education. The conference will take place Oct. 22-24 at the University of Cincinnati School of Architecture and Interior Design.

Stanley Dunn, vice provost and dean of graduate education, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Executive Committee of the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS). The organization is one of four regional affiliates of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), which is the only national organization in the United States that is dedicated solely to the advancement of graduate education and research. Dunn joined Rensselaer in 2008. He has contributed to developing the Rensselaer Graduate Community at College Suites at City Station, the weekly Graduate Student Forums and CLASS programming, the Preparing Future Faculty workshop series, and increasing the number of graduate students funded by external fellowships.

Jose Holguin-Veras, William Howard Hart Professor, has been elected to the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni at the University of Texas at Austin. The Academy was established in 2003 to recognize the professional achievements and contributions of its graduates. Members of the academy serve as leaders and role models among alumni and students. Each active member of the academy is considered to be outstanding in his or her field, a leader of community affairs, and worthy of emulation.

Greg Nierode, a doctoral candidate in chemical and biological engineering, received second place in a poster competition at the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society annual meeting in Boston recently. Nierode’s poster was among 1,200 posters in the competition. Nierode is advised by Jonathan Dordick, vice president for research and the Howard P. Isermann Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering.