Daniel Walczyk, PhD, PE, is a Professor in the Dept. of Mechanical, Aerospace & Nuclear Engineering at RPI and also Associate Director of Manufacturing for the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS). His academic degrees include a B.S. from Syracuse University (1986), M.S. from Rensselaer (1991), and Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1996), all in mechanical engineering. He is also a licensed professional engineer in New York State. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Walczyk worked in industry as a machine designer for Schneider Packaging Equipment Co., Inc. (2 years) and as a mechanical engineer for GE in their Radar & Sonar Division and in Global Research (5 years total). Since beginning his academic career, he has received several awards and honors including a DAAD Fellowship (1995), NSF Faculty Early CAREER Development Award (1998), Loctite Corporation Summer Engineering Faculty Fellowship (1998), Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (1999), SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award (2000), and ASME Fellow (2011). Dr. Walczyk has published nearly 90 articles, including 40 in refereed journals, and currently holds six US patents.
Dr. Walczyk lives in Brunswick, NY in a 180-year old house with his wife and two sons, and a dog. In his spare time, he has worked as a semi-professional drummer with various musical groups since 1981.