A core component of President Obama’s agenda to grow the middle class is to make the U.S. a magnet for the location of high-quality jobs – especially those that support manufacturing and innovation.

CATS Director and ISE Head John Wen has been selected to receive the 2013 IEEE Control Systems Society Transition to Practice Award. This prize is awarded by the society to recognize outstanding university-industry collaboration that enables the transition of control and systems theory to practical industrial or commercial systems. The citation for this award is “Adaptive Scanning Optical Microscopes and a high precision laser scanning system for the electronic manufacturing industry and for translation of systems theory to practice”.

Rensselaer CATS, a NYSTAR-supported Center for Advanced Technology, is pleased to announce the appointment of Prof. B. Wayne Bequette as its Associate Director of Process Technologies. In this new role, Wayne will coordinate process modeling, optimization and control related research in the CATS, with applications to chemical, pharmaceutical, oil, gas and other systems. Wayne will work with CATS faculty and staff to develop cohesive messages to prospective sponsors, form interdisciplinary teams to explore new funding opportunities, and strengthen and cultivate relationship with current and future industrial partners.

The Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS) is pleased to present a seminar by Stephen Patek, Associate Professor of Systems and Information Engineering at the University of Virginia, entitled "Behavioral Aspects of the Artificial Pancreas" to be held in JEC 3117 on Thursday, May 23 at 1:30pm. Light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome!!

Control systems expert Sandipan Mishra, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has won a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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.

The Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) today announced that it won a 2013 Clean Energy Manufacturing contract to start developing the nation’s first open smart manufacturing technology platform for collaborative industrial networked information applications. The innovative $10 million project, led by the SMLC, will receive $7.8 million in funding from the U.S. Dept. of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Program.

The National Academy of Sciences will be holding a Conference at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY on April 3 and 4 on New York’s Nanotechnology Model: Building the Innovation Economy, jointly organized by Hudson Valley Community College, the Center for Economic Growth, GlobalFoundries, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Rensselaer President, Dr. Shirley Jackson will be delivering a keynote address on April 3. Rensselaer Center for Automation Technologies and Systems Director, Dr. John Wen, and Rensselaer Vice President for Research, Dr. Jon Dordick, will be delivering presentations on April 4.

Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Patrick D. Gallagher will provide the keynote address for the inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Conference to be held April 16-17 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY.

The Rensselaer Center for Initiatives in Pre-College Education (CIPCE) will once again be hosting the FIRST Robotics Competition Local Kickoff on Saturday, January 5, 2013 in Darrin Communications Center (DCC) Room 308 on the RPI campus. The event will be complete with the kit of parts distribution, broadcast of the challenge release, and workshops.