July 20, 2006

UAlbany Nanocollege Announces Partnerships With University Of Waterloo, Vanderbilt University

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


Albany, NY — The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (“CNSE”) of the University at Albany has formed two new partnerships — one with the University of Waterloo (“UW”), the other with Vanderbilt University — that are designed to enable new educational opportunities for students and enhance its cutting-edge efforts in nanotechnology research and development.

The collaborative agreement between CNSE and UW will allow for an exchange of technical, economic, educational and business information related to innovative nanoscale science and engineering. The two institutions are planning to strengthen educational ties with undergraduate students to nanotechnology programs at CNSE and UW, as well as providing graduate students with access to top-level facilities at both campuses. In addition, the alliance will identify and enable the development of international collaboration and partnerships.

“We look forward to the educational opportunities,” said Anthony Vannelli, UW’s associate dean of research and external partnerships in the faculty of engineering. “This collaboration will be highly beneficial to Waterloo because the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering is the first college in the world devoted exclusively to the development and deployment of innovative nanoscience concepts and its facilities are unparalleled in the academic world.”

“We are pleased to engage in this new partnership with the University of Waterloo, which is recognized internationally as a leader in the emerging science of nanotechnology. Our collaborative work will foster new research that will be invaluable to each institution,” said James Castracane, professor of nanoscience and director of the Center for Advanced Technology in Nanomaterials and Nanoelectronics at CNSE. “At the same time, it will provide yet another global alliance that will be beneficial to the students, faculty and industrial partners at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.”

Meanwhile, CNSE scientists and engineers will work with their colleagues from Vanderbilt University’s Institute for Space and Defense Electronics (“ISDE”) to develop a computer chip to improve radiation hardness through process innovations, as part of a project sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research.

A team of researchers from CNSE, Vanderbilt and several industry and government partners will begin collaboration on 90nm and 65nm computer chip device technologies and work to develop future nanotechnologies at sub-45nm node.

“The new Radiation Hardened Focus Center at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s Albany NanoTech complex provides unique and unparalleled access to state-of-the-art processing capabilities for development of future generations of commercial and radiation-hardened nanoelectronics technology,” said Michael Alles, senior research engineer with ISDE.

“The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering is pleased to partner with our colleagues from Vanderbilt University and the Office of Naval Research on this innovative program that will advance research into radiation-hardened nanoelectronics technology, which is playing an increasingly important role in a variety of applications, including national defense and homeland security,” said James Ryan, professor of nanoscience and vice president of technology at CNSE. 

About the University of Waterloo. UW is an innovative institution that responds to the needs of society. With more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students, it was the first university in Canada to offer the co-operative system of study through its faculty of engineering, balancing theoretical learning with practical experience in the workplace. Waterloo’s faculty of arts has the largest co-op program in the humanities and social sciences in the world. UW was also the first university in North America to make computers widely available to undergraduates. Today, UW is a research-intensive university, committed to discovering new knowledge and finding ways to use that knowledge for the benefit of society. For more information, visit http://www.uwaterloo.ca.

About Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt University is a private research university of approximately 5,900 undergraduates and 4,300 graduate and professional students. Founded in 1873, the University comprises 10 schools, a public policy institute, a distinguished medical center and the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center. Vanderbilt offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, education and human development, engineering and music, and a full range of graduate and professional degrees. For more information, visit www.vanderbilt.edu/News.

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, nanobioscience 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 http://cnse.albany.edu.