Pittsburgh Robotics Community appoints Jennifer Apicella as Government Director

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Jennifer Apicella has been named the brand new Government Director of the Pittsburgh Robotics Community. | Supply: Jim Harris/PBT

The Pittsburgh Robotics Community (PRN) has introduced the appointment of Jennifer Apicella because the Government Director, efficient instantly. Apicella has been serving because the Interim Government Director since Might 2023 and beforehand held the place of Vice President of Partnerships and Packages since February 2021. Her dedication and confirmed management have been instrumental in advancing the mission of the PRN, which serves because the nexus for over 140 robotics organizations within the Higher Pittsburgh area. 

“I’m excited to have the ability to proceed this work, steering the Pittsburgh Robotics Community right into a future brimming with collaborative development and innovation. Along with our companions, we’ll proceed to amplify Pittsburgh’s already well-established standing as one of many prime worldwide hubs for robotics, automation and synthetic intelligence,” Apicella stated. 

“Our area’s robotics cluster is among the most superior and modern on this planet, and I’m delighted to have the ability to broaden this work, fostering a neighborhood that facilitates new alternatives for industrial development and business partnerships to speed up the adoption of robotic options throughout the globe,” Apicella stated. 

The PRN has additionally formally moved its workplaces into the Robotics Manufacturing unit, positioned inside the Tech Forge alongside Pittsburgh’s “Robotics Row.” The Robotics Manufacturing unit, which is backed by Innovation Works, the Pittsburgh Robotics Community, and the Southwestern Pennsylvania New Financial system Collaborative, serves as a catalyst for nurturing early-stage robotics startups, expediting the commercialization of robotics options, and enhancing manufacturing capabilities. It’s by private and non-private partnerships like these that actual influence may be achieved for the area. 

“Jennifer’s appointment comes at a pivotal time, marking a brand new chapter for our area’s robotics ecosystem,” Kevin Dowling, Chair of the Pittsburgh Robotics Community Board of Administrators and Managing Director of the Robotics Manufacturing unit, stated. “Her confirmed capability to attach, encourage, and propel the robotics enterprise neighborhood ahead makes her the perfect chief to navigate the group’s journey forward.”

Because the PRN embarks on this new chapter, the synergies between the Pittsburgh robotics enterprise ecosystem and the broader international robotics sector are poised to achieve new heights below Jennifer Apicella’s management. In June 2023 the PRN introduced a strategic partnership with Denmark’s Odense Robotics, aimed toward producing transatlantic enterprise development alternatives and solidifying ties between the 2 eminent international robotics ecosystems. 

The Pittsburgh Robotics Community stays dedicated to empowering the area’s robotics organizations and additional solidifying Pittsburgh’s place as an internationally acknowledged powerhouse in robotics and AI. “As our area continues to spend money on offering new applications and assets to assist develop our industrial robotics companies, this may lead to new corporations right here, who will then have the ability to present extra jobs in our neighborhood,” Apicella stated. 

The announcement comes because the PRN gears up for the extremely anticipated Pittsburgh Robotics Discovery Day on November 16, 2023, an occasion showcasing the outstanding robotics neighborhood revolutionizing our world. Free and open to all, Pittsburgh Robotics Discovery Day gives enterprise professionals, traders, entrepreneurs, job seekers, college students, and most of the people a myriad of alternatives to interact with Pittsburgh’s world-leading robotics ecosystem.

The occasion, hosted on the David L. Lawrence Conference Heart, will function over 130 exhibitors together with notable organizations comparable to Aurora, Agility Robotics, and Carnegie Mellon College. Pittsburgh Robotics Discovery Day is supported by partnerships with the Southwestern Pennsylvania New Financial system Collaborative, the Allegheny Convention on Neighborhood Improvement, Innovation Works, and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Fee. 

This 12 months’s occasion will draw hundreds to expertise reside demonstrations of the robots and AI applied sciences altering the best way we reside, transfer, and work, meet the people making them potential, find out about varied methods to get into the sphere – from conventional levels to new coaching applications – and join with the neighborhood organizations elevating our autonomy ecosystem. Attendees can expertise 4 Discovery Zones — Robotics, Manufacturing, Profession Pathways, and Neighborhood – with experiences starting from hands-on demonstrations of superior robotics know-how and next-generation manufacturing strategies to exploring profession and enterprise alternatives. The occasion’s Essential Stage shows will spotlight the people behind the robots, in addition to provide an opportunity to listen to from rising robotics and AI corporations through the Robotics Manufacturing unit Startup Showcase. The occasion will culminate in a Robotics and Tech Glad Hour held onsite from 4 p.m. to six p.m. 

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