RIA to Present 2019 Engelberger Robotics Awards to Catherine Morris and Dr. Howie Choset

Automation Industry’s Most Prestigious Honor to be Presented at
Automate 2019 in Chicago on April 10

ANN ARBOR, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/A3?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#A3lt;/agt;–The Robotic
Industries Association
(RIA), the industry’s North American trade
organization, today announced the winners of the 2019 Engelberger
Robotics Awards, the world’s most prestigious robotics honor. At a
special dinner in conjunction with the Automate
2019 Show and Conference
in Chicago on April 10, RIA will honor
Catherine Morris, group leader and director of automotive sales at ATI
Industrial Automation, along with long-time RIA board member and former
chairperson; and Dr. Howie Choset, robotics professor at Carnegie Mellon
University and co-founder of the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing
(ARM) Institute.

The award is named for Joseph F. Engelberger, known throughout the world
as the ”father of robotics.” Engelberger was founder and president of
Unimation, Inc., the world’s first industrial robot manufacturer. The
Engelberger Robotics Awards are presented to individuals for excellence
in technology development, application, education and leadership in the
robotics industry. Each winner receives a $5,000 honorarium and
commemorative medallion with the inscription: “Contributing to the
advancement of the science of robotics in the service of mankind.” The
awards recognize outstanding individuals from all over the world. Since
the award’s inception in 1977, it has been bestowed upon 128 robotics
leaders from 17 different nations.

2019 Engelberger Robotics Awards Winners

Catherine Morris is honored in the category of Leadership. “I can think
of very few people in the history of the robotics industry who have been
as committed to the growth of our industry as Catherine,” said Jeff
Burnstein, RIA President. “In addition to helping build ATI into a
global leader in robotic accessories and robot arm tooling, she has been
a tireless advocate of robotics and the important role that groups like
RIA play within it. In fact, over the past two decades she’s found time
to hold virtually every key position in our trade group, from Membership
Committee Chair, to Automate Show Committee Chair, to overall Chair of
RIA (the first and only woman to hold that role to date), and now serves
as a board member of our parent group, the Association for Advancing
Automation. She’s also been an outstanding role model and mentor for
women in robotics — getting more women involved in robotics will be a
key to the long-term success of the industry. In her role at ATI since
1995, she has positively impacted the success of robotics end users,
robot manufacturers, and system integrators through her high degree of
process and mechatronic knowledge.”

Dr. Howie Choset will receive the award for Education. “In addition to
being an inspiring professor in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie
Mellon, Dr. Choset has lead key research efforts to help solve
significant problems in diverse areas such as surgery, manufacturing,
infrastructure inspection and search rescue,” Burnstein said.
“Additionally, he has co-founded several companies, including
Medrobotics for surgical system, Hebi Robotics for modular robots, and
Bito Robotics for autonomous guided vehicles. His FDA-approved surgical
snake robot has been in use in the U.S. and Europe since 2015. Add to
that his role as a co-founder of the ARM Institute that is aimed at
advancing technology development and education for robotics in
manufacturing, and his role as a founding editor of the journal Science
Robotics, and you see that Dr. Choset is well-deserving of our
industry’s highest honor.”

Award Dinner
The award dinner will be held on Wednesday,
April 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the McCormick Place – Vista
Ballroom. Tickets for the event may be purchased when registering for
the Automate
2019 show and conference

About Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Founded in 1974,
RIA is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to improving the
regional, national and global competitiveness of the North American
manufacturing and service sectors through promotion and enhancement of
robotics and related automation. RIA represents over 550 robot
manufacturers, system integrators, component suppliers, end users,
consulting firms, research groups, and educational institutions. The
association hosts a number of events, including the biennial Automate
Show & Conference (April 8-11, 2019 in Chicago), the International Robot
Safety Conference (October 15-17, 2019 in Indianapolis), the
Collaborative Robots, Advanced Vision & AI Conference (CRAV.AI; November
12-13, 2019 in San Jose, CA), and the A3 Business Forum (January 13-15,
2020 in Orlando, FL). RIA also provides quarterly robotics statistics
and has a content-rich website, Robotics Online. For more details on
RIA, visit www.robotics.org
or call 734/994-6088.

About Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
Association for Advancing Automation is the global advocate for the
benefits of automating. A3 promotes automation technologies and ideas
that transform the way business is done. A3 is the umbrella group for
Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA – Advancing Vision + Imaging,
and Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA). RIA, AIA, and MCMA
combined represent over 1,200 automation manufacturers, component
suppliers, system integrators, end users, research groups and consulting
firms from throughout the world that drive automation forward. For more
information, please visit our websites: A3 – www.A3automate.org.
RIA – www.robotics.org.
AIA – www.visiononline.org.
MCMA – www.motioncontrolonline.org.
A3 Mexico – https://www.a3mexico.com.mx/.


Kelly Wanlass
Hughes Communications, Inc.
(801) 602-4723
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Bob Doyle
Association for Advancing Automation
(734) 994-6088
[email protected]

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