Advanced manufacturing expert Daniel Walczyk has been named director of the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Walczyk is a professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering, and a licensed Professional Engineer in New York state. He earned his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer in 1991.
“CATS has a long history of bringing value to our industrial partners and providing unique research opportunities to Rensselaer students,” Walczyk said. “I look forward to building on this legacy of success, and boosting the impact, reach, and visibility of our center in the areas of manufacturing, automation, and robotics.”
Dedicated to advanced manufacturing, CATS helps partner companies leverage the knowledge and expertise of Rensselaer faculty and students toward solving real-world industrial challenges. CATS is a New York state designated Center for Advanced Technology and receives annual funding of nearly $1 million from the Empire State Development (ESD) Division for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR). Over the past five years, CATS has leveraged this investment to help its industrial partners deliver upward of $259 million in non-job economic impact, create 293 new jobs, and retain 449 jobs in New York.
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