As part of the 39th observance of Materials Manufacturing Week in Connecticut, Robert John Klancko, P.E. of Woodbridge, was presented with the prestigious Connecticut Materials Manufacturing Professional of the Year Award. This award was bestowed by the Southern Connecticut Chapter of the American Society for Materials International on behalf of the materials engineering technical societies of Connecticut.
The award citation is,”In grateful recognition of his outstanding contributions in science and industry in the state of Connecticut through his life long efforts in the areas of materials engineering and the education of the next generation of manufacturing professionals.”
Bob was a partner in the consulting firm of Klancko & Klancko LLC. He spent 20 years of technical management experience in the Brass Industry, 12 years in the Electric Utility Industry and has been a consultant for the past 20 years.
Mr. Klancko was the ranking member of Connecticut’s State Emergency Response Commission – SERC recently retiring after 27 years of service and is a member on Connecticut’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Council – NEAC. In addition, he is a member of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, is a past chairman of the So. CT. Chapter ASM International, and chairs the Nominee Review Committee of the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame.
He holds a degree in Chemical-Nuclear Engineering from the University of Connecticut and was presented with UCONN’s School of Engineering’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, Distinguished Service Award and was inducted into its Academy of Distinguished Engineers.
Bob was the founder of Connecticut Materials Manufacturing (Metallurgy) Week and was a member of the Advisory Committee of the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science at the University of Connecticut and presently serves on the Advisory Committee of the Applied Physics and Nano-Technology Program at Southern Connecticut State University.
He has been an adjunct faculty member at Rensselaer at Hartford from 1972 – 2006, teaching in the Lally School of Management and Technology, the School of Computer Science and Engineering and the Rensselaer Learning Institute. He has also guest lectured at numerous colleges and universities. For the past 4 years he has been a co-director of the Connecticut Materials Manufacturing Summer Teachers Institute held at Southern Connecticut State University
Bob was a co-founder and served on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Environmental Forum. Presently he serves on the Board of Directors of the New Haven Manufacturers Association, the Executive Committee of the Southern Connecticut Chapter of the American Society for Materials (ASM) International. He chaired the Connecticut Department of Education’s Agri-Science and Technology Advisory Committee, is vice chair of the Connecticut Advisory Council for Administrator Professional Standards, and co-chairs the Workforce Enhancement Committee of the New Haven Manufacturers Association.