December 16, 2005

UAlbany NanoCollege Names General Counsel

By: by Steve Janack, Director of Communications, Albany NanoTech


(Albany) — An attorney with an extensive background in legal matters related to the emerging nanotechnology field has been named general counsel and director of legal services at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany-State University of New York (UAlbany) and its affiliated organizations, including Albany NanoTech.

Brenda Lubrano-Birken will be managing a wide range of legal affairs, including contracts, intellectual property, intellectual property licensing and other educational and research-related legal matters.  She will also join the CNSE executive team and contribute to the strategic planning of CNSE and its initiatives.

“The incredible educational and programmatic growth of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, including managing the most advanced research complex of its kind at any university in the world, has made it essential to recruit a general counsel to handle the increasing and complex needs of our research portfolio,” said Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, vice president and chief administrative officer of CNSE. “Ms. Lubrano-Birken’s vast experience with and intimate knowledge of the intricate issues that surround technology in general, and nanotechnology in particular, is critical in advancing our mission of expanding opportunities for our students, faculty members and public and private partners.  We are delighted to have someone of her caliber join our team.”

Ms. Lubrano-Birken said: “I am excited to have the opportunity to join the talented executive team of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.  As the first college of its kind in the country, CNSE is in a unique position to pioneer new educational and research models for public-private partnerships to enable key innovations, while training the next generation of science and engineering leaders for the 21st-century high-tech economy.  I look forward to the challenge of leading CNSE’s legal activities and assisting in setting its research, development and technology roadmap.”

Lubrano-Birken comes to CNSE from having served as an attorney and partner at the corporate and technology-focused Albany, NY law firm of Honen & Wood, P.C. She brings significant experience in a host of high-tech legal issues within the framework of corporate transactional, venture capital and equity-based finance, and operational matters of technology companies. Prior to that, she was employed in private practice in Michigan and New York.

Lubrano-Birken received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, and her juris doctor from the Michigan State University College of Law, from which she graduated cum laude in 1994. She was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1994 and the New York Bar in 1998.

Lubrano-Birken has had significant experience in working on a host of high-tech legal issues. She has assisted companies, venture capital investors and inventors in a variety of matters, including financing, acquisition, research and development, use and licensing, manufacturing, distribution and other strategic and operational transactions. In addition, she has worked with a host of emerging technology companies in areas such as photonics, MEMS, optoelectronic components, advanced materials, nanoparticles, membraneless and related fuel-cells, clean energy, fluorescent nanoparticles, wafer substrates, biomedical sterilization, drug synthesis, recombinant human protein, microwave ceramics, high-performance computing systems, and wireless, storage and sensor networking.

About CNSE. The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany-SUNY is the first college in the world devoted exclusively to the development and deployment of innovative nanoscience and nanoengineering concepts.  CNSE is located in the most advanced research complex of its kind at any university in the world. The $3 billion, 450,000-square-foot complex attracts corporate partners from around the world and offers students a one-of-a-kind academic experience, and it is growing. The complex is also home to CNSE’s New York State Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics.  The CNSE complex, financed through more than $500 million in governmental support and over $2.5 billion in corporate investments, houses the only pilot prototyping facilities in the academic world for the two standard sizes in computer chip design, the 200-millimeter (or 8-inch) wafer, and the 300-millimeter (or 12-inch) wafer.In 2005, CNSE had 115 U.S. and worldwide partners, including some of the world's largest semiconductor and semiconductor-related tool manufacturing companies.  For more information, visit the CNSE Web site at