The Edison Tech Center is an organization that celebrates the progression of technology and importance engineers have played in our society. We encourage everyone to understand engineering and provide multimedia resources to help them discover the world of engineering. Our facility in Schenectady provides access to samples of technology spanning over 130 years. Learn about the engineering pioneers who helped improve our world through our artifacts, or via our digital resources.
The organization is an educational 501(c)3 nonprofit which has been recognized by General Electric with its matching funds program.
History: The Edison Tech Center was founded in 2001 under the name Edison Exploratorium and is now the Edison Steinmetz Center and known publicly as the Edison Tech Center. The organization is located in a historic epicenter of industry and engineering in the Hudson-Mohawk River Valley of New York.
Outreach: Our YouTube channel and website provides engineering information to people all over the world. Our Schenectady facility has a public exhibit space, conference room, and classroom/lecture area.
Events: The Edison holds events throughout the year ranging from guest lectures to film showings. Events Calendar >
Artifacts: We have over 800 artifacts from througout the electrical age in our public space with many more in storage. These are used by educators during presentations and by the public during open hours.
Below: Slideshow of events, classes and independent visitors at the ETC:
We provide websites and videos about engineering and its legacy for the public. There are other on-site programs such as Electric City Bike Rescue and one time events on prototyping, building things, and other topics, all run by volunteers. Programs are seasonal, but you can check our calendar for events, or connect with us on facebook or twitter to find out what events may pop up.
See past events and programs in our bi-yearly newsletter here.
A Region built on Engineering:
Since 1795 Schenectady has attracted some of the world's greatest engineers: Edison, Westinghouse, Thomson, Steinmetz, Langmuir... just to name a few. It is home to the General Electric Research Lab (GE Global Research Center), Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, Lockheed Martin, RPI, Union College, and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Many of the great developments in electrical and mechanical engineering were discovered here in Schenectady at the GE Research Laboratory, founded in 1901. Interactive map of the region with engineering feats >
The "Edison" name and logo:
The Edison Tech Center is named after Edison due to Thomas Edison's role as the most famous electrical engineer in history. The ETC logo depicts electrons in orbit, the use of electricity by engineers of all types is the central theme in all of our displays and online content.
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Craig Cantello - President - email: president at edisontechcenter.org
Bill Kornrumpf - Treasurer
Board of Directors (Sept 2014):
- Dr. F. Wicks - Professor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Union College and RPI
- Dr. E. Reilly Jr.- emeritus professor of computer science, State University of New York at Albany
- John Harnden Jr. - Inventor and Electrical Engineer, General Electric
- C. Cantello - Engineer (Optics)
- J. Duggan - Civil Engineer
- G. Goodman - Mechanical Engineer
- B. Kornrumpf - Inventor and Engineer, General Electric
- P. Lion
5 Year Plan