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RPI - Department Head of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
Michael J. Wozny

Michael J. Wozny

Dr. Michael Wozny has served on the Boards of Directors of three companies: Adage Corp. (Boston), Gerber Systems Technology (Conn), and a computer graphics software company in Austin Texas. Dr. Wozny also served on the Technical Advisory Committee of a start-up in Boston. His research center at RPI was originally established with a $1.2M grant under the NSF University-Industry Cooperative Research Center program. This RPI center, focused on interactive computer graphics and CAD, was ultimately supported by 48 companies during its 16 year existence, including a number of aircraft companies such as Boeing. On leaves from RPI, Dr. Wozny served as a Division Director at NSF and a Lab Director at NIST.

RPI - Lecturer
Pindaro Demertzoglou

Pindaro Demertzoglou

Professor Demertzoglou’s professional experience includes the development of multiple transactional and DSS systems by using traditional client server and multi-tier architectures. He has both practical and academic experience in technology management. He is actively involved in the process of building industry relationships with commercial and non-profit organizations. Professor Demertzoglou’s principal research efforts have been in the area of technology adoption in organizations. His ongoing research is focused on both stage and factor models in relation to commercial and open source databases.

Professor & Center Director, CATS, Mechanical Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering
Daniel Walczyk

Daniel Walczyk

Daniel F. Walczyk, Ph.D., PE is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical , Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering and also Associate Director of Manufacturing for the Center of Automation Technologies and Systems. He received a B.S. from Syracuse University in 1986, a M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1991, a P.E. License from New York State in 1994 and a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996, all in mechanical engineering. Prior to his graduate work, Dr. Walczyk worked for seven years industry, primarily with the GE, as a mechanical design engineer. He is also a holder of five U.S. patents and two pending.

Director of Business Development
Brian Apkarian

Brian Apkarian

Director of Business Development at the Center for Automation Technologies & Systems.

Adviser
Robert Braathe

Robert Braathe

Founder of Braathe Enterprises, serving as a business trainer and leader of BEYourStart and Virtual Internship Program. After working in management positions with Walt Disney World, Gap and Apple, Mr. Braathe founded his company in October 2005. Mr. Braathe teaches at Siena College, The College of St. Rose and several community colleges and private colleges in courses that include hospitality, management, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Mr. Braathe received his MBA from Western Connecticut State University and his Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality from UMass. In addition, he has taken PhD level courses from The University at Albany and Northcentral University.

Director of Development, Lighting Research Center at RPI
Zigurts Majumdar

Zigurts Majumdar

Worked at the National Institutes of Health and Booz Allen Hamilton and founded a firm called Zin-X that provided consulting services on spectral imaging technologies to the Department of Energy and others.