Professor John T. Wen has been named the Russell Sage Professor and head of the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering (ECSE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He will begin his new roles on Jan. 1, 2019.
Wen has been with Rensselaer since 1988. He was most recently head of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and a professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering. From 2005 to 2013, he served as the director of the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS), a New York state designated Center for Advanced Technology. In 2009, he successfully led the 10-year re-designation of CATS. During his tenure, CATS helped industry partners generate over $340M of economic impact in the state and over 900 new and retained jobs.