Winners of FIRST® Robotics Competition NY Tech Valley Regional Advance to FIRST® Championship

Last month, more than 1,000 high school students and their robots competed in the ultimate Sport for the Mind™ at the inaugural New York Tech Valley FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition that was hosted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute March 13-15.

Students worked with professional engineering mentors to design a robot, within a six-week timeframe, that solves a problem using a standard kit of parts and set of rules (but no instructions).

Daniel Walczyk Named Director of CATS

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.

Chemical Engineers Named Fellows of AIMBE

Two chemical and biological engineering experts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have been elected fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

Professors Shekhar Garde and B. Wayne Bequette will be honored by the professional society later this month at the AIMBE annual conference in Washington. They join 11 other current and past Rensselaer faculty elected as fellows of the institute.

How Do I Become an Engineer?

Last week, in celebration of National Engineers Week, the School of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hosted its annual Exploring Engineering Day event on Saturday, Feb. 22. Designing balloon cars, extreme newspaper construction, tissue engineering artery design, Lego engineering, straw towers, and ice creamical engineering, are just a few of the engineering activities 300 children in grades 3 to 6, and their parents explored as part of the program.