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Rensselaer Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS) Technology Showcase and Conference

POSTED 03/29/2012

Dates:  Monday and Tuesday, April 23-­-24, 2012
Times:  April 23: 2:00pm-­-8:00pm 
               April 24: 8:00am-­-5:30pm
Location:  Hilton Garden Inn – 235 Hoosick Street, Troy, NY  12180
Registration:   Online registration
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The annual Rensselaer CATS Technology Showcase and Conference brings together leaders from industry, government  and  academia for a forum highlighting industrially relevant research at Rensselaer CATS and partners in advanced manufacturing, automation and control across a wide spectrum of industry applications, from clean tech energy and advanced composites to aerospace and biotechnology. 

This year’s Showcase, entitled “Partnership for Manufacturing Competitiveness” will focus on university-­industry collaborations that are helping to re-invigorate manufacturing as a vital sector in the U.S. economy. 

Tentative Conference Agenda:  

Monday, April 23 
2:00pm Rensselaer CATS Facilities Tour
2:00pm Poster Session, Industry Exhibits and Networking
6:30pm Plated Dinner
  Keynote Address: Michael Molnar, Chief Manufacturing Officer, U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology


Tuesday, April 24  
8:00am Buffet Breakfast
9:00am Technical Sessions I
  I-­-a. Clean Tech Energy I – Fuel Cell Manufacturing
I-­-b. Robotics in Manufacturing: John Dulchino, President & CEO, Adept Robotics; Joe Gemma, CEO, Staubli Robotics; Erik Nieves, Technology Director,
Motoman Robotics; Roland Menassa, Advanced Robotics Manager, GM
10:25am Break
10:35am Technical Sessions II
  II-­-a. Clean Tech Energy II – Manufacturing for Energy Storage
II-­-b. High Performance Computing in Manufacturing
12:00pm Buffet Lunch
1:00pm Technical and Business Sessions III
  III-­-a. Advanced Composites Manufacturing I
III-­-b. Navigating SBIR/STTR Funding
2:25pm   Break
2:35pm Technical and Business Sessions IV
  IV-­-a. Advanced Composites Manufacturing II
IV-­-b. University IP Commercialization
4:00pm Poster Session, Industry Exhibits and Networking