August 08, 2006

UAlbany Nanocollege Professor To Chair Leading National Clean Energy Association

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


Albany, NY — Dr. Pradeep Haldar, professor and head of the NanoEngineering Constellation at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (“CNSE”) of the University at Albany and director of CNSE’s Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center (“E2TAC”), has been elected to serve as the chair of a prestigious national association on clean energy.

Haldar, who is also executive director of New Energy New York, will serve a two-year term as chair of the Clean Energy Alliance, which was originally created by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (“NREL”) in Golden, CO, the nation’s primary laboratory for research and development related to renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The Clean Energy Alliance’s overarching vision is to be the leading resource for clean energy businesses, utilizing member technology innovations, resources and networks to develop the clean energy marketplace and foster economic development for its partners. In addition to New York, the Alliance includes members from several states, including Texas, California, Florida, Ohio, Alabama, Georgia and New Mexico.

“The Alliance, and myself personally, are looking forward to Pradeep Haldar’s leadership over the next two years as chairperson for the Clean Energy Alliance,” said Lawrence M. (Marty) Murphy, Ph.D., PE, Manager of Enterprise Development Programs and Forum Chair of NREL. “Over the last few years, he has been a major driver in evolving the Alliance, and in helping to establish it as a not-for-profit organization. The accomplishments of the Alliance up to this point have been outstanding by any measure; clearly, these efforts also parallel Pradeep’s leadership of CNSE’s energy technology incubation efforts, as the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering has become noticed nationwide as a leader in the field.”

“I am honored to have been chosen to lead the Clean Energy Alliance, particularly at a time in our nation’s history when alternative energy technologies are increasingly recognized as being of vital importance to the country’s energy and economic future,” said Haldar. “This opportunity to lead on the national level reflects the success of New York State and organizations like New Energy New York in building a strong alternative energy sector in New York that includes more than 170 new energy companies. At the same time, it provides a link for these firms to powerful resources which can only further that growth.”

Under Haldar’s leadership, the Clean Energy Alliance will focus on five key areas to achieve its vision: education and outreach, business acceleration, technology transfer, technology development and incubation services.

About CNSE. The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of 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, and in May 2006, it was ranked by Small Times magazine as the nation’s number one college for nanotechnology and microtechnology. CNSE’s Albany NanoTech complex is the most advanced research facility of its kind at any university in the world: a $3 billion, 450,000-square-foot complex that attracts corporate partners from around the world and offers students a one-of-a-kind academic experience, and it is growing. The UAlbany Nanocollege is also home to the 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