U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce To Kick Off CATS/CEG Advanced Manufacturing Conference
Patrick Gallagher, U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, will provide the keynote address for the inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Conference.
The conference, a partnership between the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS) at Rensselaer and the Center for Economic Growth (CEG), will be held April 16-17 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, N.Y.
The first annual Advanced Manufacturing Conference, themed “Think Smart, Make Value,” will bring together leaders from industry, government, and academia to address challenges facing regional manufacturers. It will provide small, medium, and large manufacturers a strategic look at emerging ways to leverage the power of automation technologies and business best practices, and to take advantage of available state and regional resources to better compete and succeed in the global marketplace.
“The core expertise of the CATS is in innovative automation systems. A key part of our mission is to leverage this expertise to boost the regional and national economy by reinvigorating manufacturing across New York and the United States,” said CATS Director John Wen, a faculty member in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering. “Our new Advanced Manufacturing Conference, in partnership with CEG, will showcase successful collaborative projects, discuss current trends and opportunities, and present ways that CATS, CEG, and New York state can help manufacturers elevate their business to the next level.”
“As Tech Valley’s New York State Regional Technology Development Center and NIST MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) center, the Center for Economic Growth is pleased to continue to leverage our very strong relationship with the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems at Rensselaer through co-sponsorship of our ‘Think Smart, Make Value’ Advanced Manufacturing Conference in April,” said Jeffrey Lawrence, executive vice president of technology at CEG. “Advanced manufacturing that leverages the superb workforce, leading-edge research, and innovative programs available across the region is essential to high-quality job creation, investment, and sustainable growth in Tech Valley for future generations.”
The CATS/CEG Advanced Manufacturing Conference builds upon the past success of the CATS annual showcases. The new conference will feature workshops and discussions on leading-edge and emerging manufacturing topics including: smart manufacturing, additive manufacturing, advanced composites, biomimicry, and others. The conference will also feature business-focused sessions and training on key manufacturing business topics including: lean manufacturing, six sigma, supply chain development, SME funding opportunities, and innovation engineering.
Also planned for the conference are a CEO roundtable, numerous networking opportunities, a Solutions Fair led by the New York Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation, a panel discussion titled “Industry Needs for Manufacturing Education,” guided tours of Rensselaer laboratories and facilities, and a poster session featuring a broad array of projects and areas of research and offering an opportunity for one-on-one interaction with student and faculty researchers.
Full showcase agenda and event registration details are available at www.cats.rpi.edu .