May 08, 2006

UAlbany NanoCollege To Host First-Ever NanoCareer Day For 300 Tech Valley Students

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


Albany, NY — The critical need to stimulate an interest in math and science among America’s younger generation will receive a boost this month when the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (“CNSE”) of the University at Albany holds the first-ever NanoCareer Day.

On May 23, more than 300 middle- and high-school students from city, suburban and private schools throughout the Tech Valley region will get a firsthand look at careers in the emerging field of nanotechnology when they visit CNSE — the world’s first college devoted exclusively to the study of nanoscale science and engineering — and its $3 billion, 450,000-square-foot Albany NanoTech complex.

Participating schools, and their counties, include: Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Middle School (Albany); Central Park Middle School (Schenectady); Doyle Middle School (Rensselaer); Fonda-Fultonville Middle School (Montgomery); Academy of Holy Names (Albany); South Glens Falls Middle School (Saratoga); Schoharie High School (Schoharie); Albany City School District Middle Schools (Albany); Albany Academy (Albany); and, Magellan Club/Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science & Tech (Albany)

“According to the National Science Foundation, the U.S. will need over two million nanotechnology-savvy workers by 2014.  Children between the ages of 10 and 17 must therefore be educated now about the field that will define their job market as adults,” said Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, vice president and chief administrative officer of CNSE. “This program is designed to address the vital need to spark an interest in math and science among our children and excite them about career opportunities in nanoscience and nanoengineering, while at the same time strengthening prospects for U.S. competitiveness in an increasingly global marketplace.”

The National Science Foundation projects that the nanotechnology job market will require expertise ranging from two-year associate degrees to doctoral degrees. Of the two million nanotechnology-savvy workers required by 2014, 20 percent are expected to be scientists, with the remaining 80 percent consisting of highly skilled engineers, technicians, business leaders, economists, and others.

NanoCareer Day is a daylong event that will include presentations by CNSE faculty related to the emerging science of nanotechnology and the career opportunities it offers; hands-on demonstrations explaining the role nanotechnology research and development are playing both today and in the future; and, tours of CNSE’s Albany NanoTech complex, with facilities that are unparalleled in the university setting.

About CNSE. The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany-State University of New York is the first college in the world devoted exclusively to the research, development and deployment of innovative nanoscience, nanoengineering and nanoeconomics 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.CNSE has more than 150 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