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How IBM is using smart sensors and computer modeling at Lake George, NY

IoT-based sensors are being used at Lake George, in New York, in order to collect data that can be used to improve the freshwater ecosystem.

IBM Research is working with partners from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and The Fund for Lake George to place IoT-based sensors around Lake George, in New York, in order to monitor threats such as pollution from road salt, invasive species and excess nutrients.

Jefferson Project Monitoring Harmful Algal Bloom on Skaneateles Lake

Environmental monitoring system developed on “World’s Smartest Lake” expands to threatened drinking water source

Schenectady company using modern STEM to take diapers back in time

A Schenectady company is hoping to use STEM to take new parents back in time. Their vision is to go back to an age of cloth diapers. They say they have a better product than Pampers and Huggies. It's just going to take a little more engineering to get more babies into Tidy Tots.

The company is bold enough to say their cloth diapers are cleaner.

It's a three-piece design -- a cover, a booster and the liner. All are held onto your beautiful and waste-producing infant by a series of 22 snaps. The only problem is manufacturing them.

DOE grants $2 million to test autonomous fueling stations
  • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) granted $2 million for a 3-year study of hydrogen gas fueling stations that can automatically connect to and refuel vehicles.
  • The technology, developed in a partnership between Plug Power and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center for Automation Technologies & Systems, will first be tested with autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs) in a warehouse setting. Later tests will focus on on-road vehicles, such as delivery trucks.
Saunders Named to Regional Collaboratives Council

Glenn Saunders, P.E., Senior Research Engineer at CATS, has been named as the Mid-Atlantic representative to the Regional Collaboratives Council (RRC) of the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute.  

In his role on the Council, Glenn will provide ARM with critical intelligence about the regional robotics, manufacturing, and workforce efforts taking place across the nation, supporting ARM by providing advice on regional priorities and activities such as state funding opportunities, best practices, trends and challenges.