Rensselaer CATS, a NYSTAR-designated Center for Advanced Technology, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Daniel Walczyk as its Associate Director of Manufacturing. In this new role, Dr. Walczyk will coordinate manufacturing related research in the CATS, building on our existing strength in fuel cell and advanced composites manufacturing. Dan will work with CATS faculty and staff to form interdisciplinary teams to explore new funding opportunities, and strengthen and cultivate relationship with current and potential industrial partners.
Dr. Daniel Walczyk is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering. His academic degrees and professional licensure includes a Ph.D. in 1995 from MIT, P.E. license from New York State in 1994, M.S. from Rensselaer in 1991, and B.S. from Syracuse University in 1986, all in mechanical engineering. Prior to his graduate studies, Dr. Walczyk worked for 6 years in industry including two years as a machine designer for an automation company, and four years with GE in their sonar division as a mechanical engineer and later at global research as a R&D engineer. He began his academic career at RPI in 1996 after having finished a 6-month DAAD fellowship at the RWTH Aachen University (Germany) related to computer-aided manufacturing. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez in 2004.
Dr. Walczyk’s research interests include advanced composites manufacturing, new natural composite materials, fuel cell manufacturing and design, sustainable manufacturing, additive manufacturing, biomedical device design, rapid tooling, and reconfigurable tooling. He currently holds five U.S. patents and two pending, and has published nearly 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 45 articles in peer-reviewed conferences. His academic awards include the SAE Teetor Award (2000), NSF PECASE (1999), and NSF Career Award (1998).