August 25, 2006

Employment Surpasses 1,000 At UAlbany Nanocolleges Albany Nanotech Complex

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


Albany, NY — Led by the vision, support and investment of New York State’s elected officials and the formation of the world-class College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (“CNSE”) of the University at Albany — key components in a decisive strategy that has led to the attraction of the world’s leading nanoelectronics companies — employment at CNSE’s Albany NanoTech complex has exceeded 1,000, representing a ten-fold increase in just four years.

There are currently more than 1,350 scientists and researchers on site — jobs that pay, on average, between $80,000 and $100,000 per year — as compared to just over 100 in August of 2002. That figure is comprised of researchers, scientists, technicians, engineers, and professionals from CNSE and its growing list of global corporate partners.  The list now numbers more than 250 and includes many of the world’s leading nanoelectronics companies and organizations, such as: IBM, AMD, Qimonda, Micron, SEMATECH, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML, Ebara, SONY, Toshiba, and Honeywell, among many others.

Since 2001 — the same year CNSE’s Albany NanoTech complex was designated as New York State’s Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology — more than $600 million has been invested by New York State government in programs and initiatives at the UAlbany Nanocollege, which in turn has attracted over $2.5 billion in private investment.

In addition, this past May — just two years after its formation — CNSE was ranked by Small Times magazine as the nation’s number one college for nanotechnology and microtechnology. CNSE was rated first overall among all colleges and universities in the United States, as well as number one in the areas of education, facilities and industrial outreach, receiving the highest five-star rankings in each category.

“The pioneering strategy of New York’s elected officials, as led by Governor Pataki and Assembly Speaker Silver, has been the driving force behind New York State’s rapid ascension and recognition as a global leader in nanotechnology, as well as the unprecedented growth and success of the UAlbany NanoCollege,” said Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of CNSE. “The vision and support of the Governor and Speaker have led to both the creation of a world-class institution for education and research that is focused on the most important and enabling science of the 21st century, and the development of an economic magnet that is drawing talented people, high-paying high-tech jobs, leading global companies and significant investment to New York State.”

Employment is projected to reach 2,000 upon completion of CNSE’s newest building, NanoFab 300 East, which will provide additional state-of-the-art office, virtual classroom, conferencing, laboratory and business incubation space and serve as home to the Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery and Exploration (“INDEX”), a $435 million initiative that focuses on cutting-edge nanotechnology research for future generations of transistor technologies.

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