Congressman Tonko Tours Campus Facilities
On Nov. 9, Congressman Paul Tonko got a firsthand look at the leading-edge research and academic endeavors taking place in two of the Institute’s world-class facilities: the Douglas Mercer ’77 Laboratory for Student Exploration and Innovation in the Jonsson Engineering Center and the National Science Foundation Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center in the Low Center for Industrial Innovation.
Tonko represents New York’s 21st Congressional District,which includes the cities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Amsterdam, and several counties in the Capital Region.
He is the ranking member on the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee on the Science, Space and Technology Committee, which oversees all non-military federal research investment. He is also a member of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee, and of the Natural Resources Committee, where he serves on the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee.
Tonko toured the facilities with Mona Hella, associate professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering, and John Wen, director of the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems and a faculty member of the Smart Lighting ERC, along with Prabhat Hajela, provost, and David Rosowsky, dean of the School of Engineering.