smart manufacturing

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology announces appointment of Dr. Amy Thompson as Chief Training Officer

The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) announces the appointment of Dr. Amy Thompson as its new Chief Training Officer (CTRO), effective September 1. Thompson will lead CCAT’s workforce, training, development and certification programs. Thompson, who is widely respected in industry and academia, joins the organization after directing Systems Engineering education programs at higher education institutions for more than a decade, the most recent at UConn. She has received funding previously for her work from the U.S. Department of Energy, AFRL, NIUVT, Pratt & Whitney, Eversource, and United Illuminating. She most recently, in 2023, led the effort at UConn to win the DoE Renew America’s Schools grant for Connecticut, working with Bridgeport Public Schools, bringing over $4M in federal resources to improve energy efficiency at some of their schools, only one of 26 awards made nationally. Thompson also contributed to the development of the new U.S. Department of Energy Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) at UConn, serving as an Assistant Director.

CCAT Awarded $7M to Establish DoD Digital Thread Manufacturing Lab for Northeast Defense Industrial Base

The Department of Defense’s Office of Industrial Base Policy (IBP) recently announced that it has joined forces with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) in East Hartford to fully leverage data-driven digital capabilities to improve the cost-effectiveness and responsiveness of commercial production by the supply chain to meet DoD needs. The Digital Thread Manufacturing Prototype Project will promote and speed the adoption of advanced technologies, skilled workforce development, and the integration of digital tools (especially in situ sensors and metrology capabilities) by current and prospective defense manufacturers. The project is a partnership between CCAT and IBP’s Manufacturing Capability Expansion and Investment Prioritization (MCEIP) Office.   

Pietro Rosa Group and Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Sign International Partnership Agreement

Today at the Paris Air Show, Governor Lamont announced that Pietro Rosa TBM (PRTBM) and New England Airfoil Products (NEAP) have entered into an international partnership agreement with CCAT to accelerate the adoption of additional key manufacturing technologies within the Pietro Rosa TBM Group.

Industry 4.0 Forum: Applications of AI for Smart Manufacturing

Industry 4.0 Forum: Applications of AI for Smart Manufacturing

Hear from manufacturers, industry experts and academia on AI technology, how it’s driving production efficiencies and what lies ahead.

Imagine a world where artificial intelligence simplifies and revolutionizes the way we process vast amounts of data, all while saving time and resources. That’s the reality we’re living in today, with AI-powered applications transforming data preparation, visualization, predictive modeling, and more! These cutting-edge AI solutions cater to businesses seeking to enhance productivity, offer personalized experiences, fortify decision-making, and slash expenses.

Manufacturers, it’s time to welcome this game-changing technology.

The benefits are too promising to pass up: heightened efficiency, cost reduction, superior quality, and minimal downtime.

Join us June 7 and explore the captivating world of artificial intelligence. Discover current AI technologies driving production efficiencies and get a glimpse of what lies ahead on the horizon of AI innovation.


Wednesday, June 7, 2023

8:00 am – 2 pm

AI overview and how the technology is being used in manufacturing
Nasir Mannan, principal engineer, Advanced Design, Automation & Metrology lab at CCAT
Mike Ambrose, keynote speaker, retired chief engineer and vice-president of engineering & technology at Sikorsky Aircraft, Lockheed Martin,

Case Studies
Hear from manufacturing and technology companies on their experiences.

Future of AI innovation
Hear from academia on what lies ahead.


Nasir Mannan, principal engineer, Advanced Design, Automation & Metrology lab, CCAT
Mike Ambrose, retired chief engineer & VP at Sikorsky Aircraft, Lockheed Martin
Ruby ElKharboutly, Ph.D., engineering consultant, Advanced Design, Automation & Metrology lab, CCAT
Sriniket Rachuri, mechatronics engineer, Advanced Design, Automation & Metrology lab, CCAT
James Huston, field sales engineer, Baumer Group
Zhigang Wang, senior principal engineer,
Raytheon Technologies Research Center 
August “Gus” Gremillion, partner management executive, Siemens
Professor George Bollas, director of Pratt & Whitney Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering at UConn
Karim Pourak, co-founder & CEO, Process Miner
Farad Imani,
assistant professor, UConn
Kamran Paynabar, Ph.D., co-founder and chief science officer, Process Miner
Jeff Orszak, Director Strategic Growth & Tech, CONNSTEP

Paul Lavoie, Chief Manufacturing Officer, Connecticut Department Economic & Community Development

Stratasys & Trimech Mobile Tour

Experience Stratasys Mobile Tour, in partnership with TriMech. Their mobile showroom offers a convenient way for you to see and explore the latest industry 4.0 technologies and AI solutions .

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Technology Grants

A variety of grant programs available to help Connecticut manufacturers acquire the skills, tools and technologies (including digital transformation) needed to keep pace with today’s rapidly evolving manufacturing ecosystem. Programs are funded by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development and administered by CCAT. Visit to learn more and apply. 

New strategic collaboration to build smart manufacturing technologies for small and medium-sized manufacturers to scale business impact and compete globally

New strategic collaboration to build smart manufacturing technologies for small and medium-sized manufacturers to scale business impact and compete globally

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 28, 2023 (East Hartford, Connecticut) – The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT) announced today that it has formalized its partnership with Full-Bore, a manufacturing technology company founded by Sudhi Bangalore, former Operations CTO of Stanley Black & Decker, to jointly innovate and build solutions…

2022 40 Under Forty: Nasir Mannan

2022 40 Under Forty: Nasir Mannan

(Hartford Business Journal, Aug. 15, 2022) Nasir Mannan is an engineering professional with more than 18 years of experience in advanced engineering software, robotics, manufacturing, machine learning, computer vision and inspection technologies for military, aerospace and commercial applications. Mannan is the principal engineer for CCAT’s Advanced Design Automation and Metrology…