2011 Rensselaer CATS Technology Showcase and Conference

Troy, New York
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

2011 Rensselaer CATS Technology Showcase and Conference
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Hilton Garden Inn Troy
235 Hoosick Street
Troy, New York 12180
United States

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Please register now to join us for the 2011 Rensselaer CATS Technology Showcase and Conference to be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, Troy, NY on April 27, 2011...

The annual CATS Technology Showcase brings together leaders from industry, government and academia for a forum highlighting industrially relevant research at Rensselaer CATS in advanced manufacturing, automation and control across a wide gamut of industries and application areas.

This year's event offers an expanded format that will include technical sessions focusing on Clean Tech Energy, Thermal Management, Advanced Composites and Production Scheduling and Optimization, a session on Business Startup and Expansion Funding, and a panel discussion entitled Effectively Leveraging University/Industry Collaborations.  There will also be a session focused on past CATS collaboration success stories and a session highlighting research from young RPI faculty.  As with every CATS Showcase, the poster session will feature a broad array of projects and areas of research, and offer an opportunity for networking and one-on-one interaction with researchers.  There will also be an exhibit area for CATS partner companies and affiliates to showcase their products and capabilities.  A highlight of this year's Showcase will be the dinner keynote address from U.S. Representative Paul D. Tonko.

Full Agenda           

08:00 – 09:00   Registration and Buffet Breakfast
09:00 – 09:15   Welcome
                            John Wen – Center for Automation Technologies and Systems, RPI
09:15 – 10:30   Technical Sessions I
                            I-a.  Clean Tech Energy
*Steve Rock – Center for Automation Technologies and
                                                            Systems, RPI
Steve Harshbarger – Sono-Tek Corporation
                                       Dan Lewis – Materials Science and Engineering, RPI
Ruth Cox – Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association
Brent Solina – MICROrganic Technologies Inc.
I-b.  Thermal Management
*Yoav Peles – Mechanical, Aerospace & Nuclear Engineering,
                                      *Theodorian Borca-Tasciuc – Mechanical, Aerospace &
                                                                                 Nuclear Engineering, RPI
Madhusudan Iyengar – IBM Systems & Technology Group
Peter de Bock – GE Global Research
Pete Bronecke – Lockheed Martin
10:45 – 12:00   Technical Sessions II
II-a.  Advanced Composites
*Daniel Walczyk – Mechanical, Aerospace & Nuclear
                                                                   Engineering, RPI
*Ronald Bucinell – Department of Mechanical Engineering,
                                                                   Union College
Gavin McIntyre – Ecovative Design LLC
Linda Schadler – Materials Science and Engineering, RPI
II-b.  Production Scheduling and Optimization
                                       *Jennifer Ryan – Industrial & Systems Engineering, RPI
Detlef Pabst – GlobalFoundries
Wai Kin (Victor) Chan – Industrial & Systems Engineering,
Steve Derby – Distributed Robotics
12:00 – 13:00   Buffet Lunch
Research at Rensselaer (12:25)
                                 Fran Berman – Vice President for Research, RPI
13:00 – 14:00   Panel Discussion
Effectively Leveraging University/Industry Collaborations
*Craig Dory – Center for Automation Technologies and Systems,
Richard Frederick – Emerging Ventures Ecosystem, RPI
Hon. Dennis Gabryszak – New York State Assembly
David Gross – GlobalFoundries
Janet Joseph –NYSERDA
Jeff Lawrence – Center for Economic Growth
Edward Reinfurt – NYSTAR
14:15 – 15:30   Business Sessions
III-a.  CATS Success Stories
*Ray Puffer – Center for Automation Technologies and
                                                            Systems, RPI
Ray Dromms – Welch Allyn
Ryan O’Donnell – BullEx, Inc.
Bruce Phipps – MPI Incorporated
Anthony Hynes – Precision Valve & Automation, Inc.
Chris O’Connor – Ducommun Aerostructures
                            III-b.  Business Startup and Expansion Funding
*Craig Dory – CATS, RPI
Suzanne Pollard – Empire State Development
Tom Reynolds – New York Business Development Center
Kate Baker – New York State Small Business Development
Marcene Sonneborn – Central New York TDO
Madi Kalibala – Space Alliance Technology Outreach
15:30 – 16:30   RPI Faculty Showcase
*John Wen – Center for Automation Technologies and Systems, RPI
Johnson Samuel – Mechanical, Aerospace & Nuclear Engineering,
Sandipan Mishra – Mechanical, Aerospace & Nuclear Engineering,
David Corr – Biomedical Engineering, RPI
Pankaj Karande – Chemical and Biological Engineering
Agung Julius – Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering, RPI
16:30 – 18:30   Poster Session, Exhibits and Networking
Featuring more than 60 posters and exhibits showcasing industrially
                            driven research projects, CATS partner companies and affiliates…
18:30 – 20:00   Plated Dinner
Innovative Manufacturing: The Key to America’s Competitiveness
                                  U.S. Representative Paul D. Tonko

*Denotes Session Chair

Some of the most innovative and productive research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute involves collaborating with industry to address challenging manufacturing and automation issues.  Let the 2011 CATS Technology Showcase and Conference be your introduction to such a partnership...

Rensselaer CATS is a Designated Center for Advanced Technology.


Contact Information

  • For registration information and/or help, contact Rensselaer CATS at:
    (518) 276-8744.

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