SUNY Poly opens robotics lab in honor of Hage family

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SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica has opened the Hage Family Robotics Lab at the new Center for Global Advanced manufacturing as a home for research, development and educational opportunities in robotics and automation.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Dec. 20.

“We are thrilled to be able to name this state-of-the-art robotics lab after a family whose impact is helping support SUNY Poly students as they gain highly relevant skills that will help them succeed while strengthening our local, regional, and New York State workforce,” SUNY Poly Foundation Executive Director Andrea LaGatta said.

Foundation chairperson Anita Brown credited the Hage family for financial support for student scholarships, bringing forth innovative ideas for promoting the college and foundation in the community, and supporting students through mentoring programs.

The lab is in Donovan Hall at the Utica campus and is accessible to any SUNY Poly student inspired to pursue a robotics project of his or her own upon completion of a baseline safety test.

The lab also supports the institution’s Fabrication Club, as well as FIRST Robotics Team 5030, The Second Mouse, an award-winning robotics team of high school students mentored by SUNY Poly engineering and computer science mentors. The team earned a berth to the FIRST robotics world championship in three out of the past five years.

For more information on The Second Mouse, please visit www.team5030.com. and for more information about CGAM, see sunypoly.edu/academics/cgam.html.

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