ORION, MI—Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) Founder and CEO Michael P. Jacobs has been named to receive the Joseph F. Engelberger Rbotics Award for Leadership by the Association for Advancing Automation (A3).
The Award is the world’s most prestigious robotics honor and presented to individuals for excellence in technology development, application, education, and leadership in the robotics industry. Each winner is selected by an award committee consisting of Past Chairs of the A3 Robotics Technology Strategy Award.
Award recipients are given a $5,000 honorarium and commemorative medallion with the inscription, “Contributing to the advancement of the science of robotics in the service of mankind.”  Since its inception, the award has been presented to 128 leaders from 17 countries.
A3 cited Jacobs’ expertise in the robotic automation industry and his early work at GMF Robotics (now FANUC) as contributing to his selection as well as his pioneering product development and market introduction of robot simulation and offline robotic programming systems. Jacobs will receive the award at the Engelberger Awards Dinner and Ceremony on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at the Automate 2022 conference and exhibition, held at the Huntington Place Convention Center in Detroit, MI.
Jacobs has a long history with the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the organization which is now under the umbrella of A3.  Joining the RIA in the early 1990s after founding Applied Manufacturing Technologies, Jacobs was an active contributor, serving on various committees, transitioning in the 2000s to committee chair positions, and culminating in his tenure as Chair of RIA from 2016-2017.
After his term as RIA chair ended, Jacobs served as a board member for A3 and was part of a select group that created the strategic plan to steer RIA’s transition to A3.  He was subsequently invited to be one of the first members of A3’s Artificial Intelligence Technical Advisory Board, where he serves today.
AMT offers full-service systems integration, specializing in end of line solutions, complex material handling systems, and engineering support such as turnkey industrial controls, robotic programming and automation consulting.