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Robotics industry presents Engelberger Awards

The Engelberger Robotics Award, the robotics industry’s highest honor, will be presented to Åke Lindqvist and Henrik Christensen on March 22, 2011 during the Automate 2011/42nd International Symposium on Robotics held in Chicago.


February 16, 2011
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Åke Lindqvist, 2011 Engelberger Award for Leadership

The Engelberger Robotics Award, the robotics industry’s highest honor, will be presented to Åke Lindqvist and Henrik Christensen on March 22, 2011 during the Automate 2011/42nd International Symposium on Robotics held in Chicago.

Each recipient will be awarded a commemorative medallion and a US $5000 honorarium by the Robotics Industries Association (RIA)–the only trade group in North America organized specifically to serve the robotics industry.

Launched in 1977, 113 industry leaders from 16 nations have now been selected for this honor. Åke Lindqvist wins the 2011 Engelberger Award for Leadership.

Lindqvist spent 37 years in the industry until his recent retirement from ABB Robotics (formerly ASEA). During his career at ABB he held several senior positions at the ABB Robotics headquarters in Sweden and North America, and most recently as vice-president and member of the ABB Robotics Products Global Management Team as head of Automotive Global Product Sales.

He is the current president of the International Federation of Robotics, a past chairman of the RIA, and a past chairman of the Automation Technologies Council, among many other key roles.

“Åke Lindqvist has been a strong global advocate for robotics for nearly four decades,” says Jeffrey A. Burnstein, president of RIA. “He has left an indelible mark on our industry by being a consistent voice representing the needs of all industry participants, including suppliers, integrators, users, and research groups. I am thrilled that he is winning the award this year as it will make a terrific capstone for a great career in robotics.”

Dr. Henrik Christensen, 2011 Engelberger Award for Education

Dr. Henrik Christensen wins the 2011 Engelberger Award for Education. Christensen is currently the KUKA chair of robotics and a professor of computing with the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He also serves as the director of the Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, and is well-known globally for his roles as the founding chair of the European Robotics Research Network and for being the driving force behind the recent Roadmap for US Robotics.

“Sometimes I think Henrik must have cloned himself because he is so active in the robotics field,” Burnstein notes. “He is a respected researcher on robotic solutions focused on real applications, has published more than 250 papers, serves on the editorial board of the leading international robotics journals, is active on robotics research projects throughout the world, is constantly helping educate government leaders about robotics – he is an extremely worthy winner of the Engelberger Award.”

The awards are named after Joseph F. Engelberger, known throughout the world as ‘the father of robotics’, who after discussing with entrepreneur George Devol the robotic fiction of science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov, started to develop robots for factory work rather than world domination – the first one nicknamed Unimate was constructed in 1961 to perform spot welding at a General Motors plant in the U.S.

RIA is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Engelberger Robotics Awards, to be presented in Taipei, Taiwan.

For more details about the award, or to submit a nomination, contact RIA Headquarters at 734-994-6088, or visit Robotics Online.