Over 325 Attend Inaugural CATS/CEG Advanced Manufacturing Conference

More than 325 from industry, academia and government attended the inaugural CATS/CEG Advanced Manufacturing Conference: Think Smart, Make Value held on April 16 and 17 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY.

The two-day conference, presented by a partnership between the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Center for Economic Growth (CEG) brought together leaders from industry, government, and academia to address challenges facing regional manufacturers, and provide a strategic look at emerging ways to leverage the power of automation technologies, business best practices, and take advantage of available state and regional resources to better compete and succeed in the global marketplace.

Patrick D. Gallagher
Patrick D. Gallagher

A highlight of the conference was Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Patrick D. Gallagher's keynote address on April 16 covering the history, importance, and direction of manufacturing research and development, entitled: Strategies for a Stronger Future Through Manufacturing Innovation. Dr. Gallagher's talk is available online in its entirety here.

Edward Reinfurt, Director, Division of Science, Technology & Innovation (NYSTAR), Empire State Development also delivered a memorable address on April 17 showcasing collaboration successes across universities, government and industry in New York State.

For additional information on the inaugural CATS/CEG Advanced Manugacturing Conference and Dr. Gallagher's visit to the Capital District, follow the links below:

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