December 15, 2006

UAlbany Nanocollege, Hudson Valley CC, Einhorn Yaffee Prescott To Collaborate On ‘GetNANO Program

By: by Steve Janack, Director of Communications, CNSE


(Albany) - The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering ("CNSE") of the University at Albany and Hudson Valley Community College ("Hudson Valley") today signed an agreement that will provide critical education and training for students pursuing careers in the nanoelectronics industry, while at the same time announcing the start of discussions with Einhorn Yaffee Prescott ("EYP") Architecture & Engineering PC of Albany to create a unique initiative that represents an important step in preparing the workforce necessary to attract additional high-tech jobs, companies and investment to the Capital Region and New York State.

A Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") signed by CNSE and Hudson Valley establishes a new set of laboratory courses for students in Hudson Valley's Electrical Technology: Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology ("SMT") program. The program will provide Hudson Valley students with unprecedented hands-on education and training in CNSE's world-class laboratory and cleanroom facilities, addressing topic areas that are critical to the fabrication of computer nanochips in a process line, including mask preparation, wafer inspection, metal deposition, photoresist coating, etching and metrology, as well as cleanroom protocols, operations and safety training.

Officials from CNSE and Hudson Valley hope to build upon this important partnership by beginning discussions with EYP to develop The Global Education and Training for Nanotechnology, or "GetNANO" program, as a way to ensure the development of the highly skilled workforce necessary for the design and efficient operation of state-of-the-art nanoelectronics research, development and manufacturing facilities. The first topic for discussion will be the creation of a collaborative program that would train architects and engineers to design high-tech buildings and facilities with sustainability and zero energy, focusing on areas such as building information modeling, energy simulation, and system monitoring and control.

State University of New York Chancellor John R. Ryan said, "The University at Albany and its College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, Hudson Valley Community College and Einhorn Yaffee Prescott deserve praise for working together to advance the economy of the Capital Region and New York State.  By cooperating with the private sector, and each other, these two outstanding SUNY campuses will provide students with unparalleled educational and career opportunities. At the same time, high-tech companies from all over the world will be attracted to a world-class SUNY-educated workforce."

Douglas Grose, Senior Vice President at Advanced Micro Devices, said, "The availability of a highly skilled and well trained workforce was a key factor in AMD's selection of the Luther Forest Technology Campus.  As processing technology continues to rapidly evolve and embrace new and more sophisticated materials science we need to ensure our employees have access to state-of-the-art training and education. Through initiatives like the GetNANO program, we look forward to the success of the CNSE, Hudson Valley, and Einhorn Yaffee Prescott partnership as they strive to keep Upstate New York on the leading edge of technology innovation."

Hudson Valley President Andrew J. Matonak, Ed.D, said, "These new partnerships with CNSE, and EYP, will allow us to build upon Hudson Valley's 53-year-old tradition of fueling the region's technology workforce by providing current and future students with exciting opportunities to work in nanotechnology, and we are looking forward to working with AMD to provide the company with the workforce it needs. It is important to note that Hudson Valley students live in the region and they stay in the region upon graduation. Every day, we fight the ‘brain drain' by providing region's residents with high quality education that allows them to improve their lives and in turn, enhances the quality of life for the entire Capital Region."

Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture and Engineering President and CEO Tom Birdsey said, "EYP has been committed to energy efficiency and sustainable design practices for 30 years and recognizes the effectiveness of closely integrating architecture and engineering.   Buildings are the single largest consumer of energy in the nation and we are excited about the potential of sharing our knowledge with CNSE and Hudson Valley, helping train future experts to design and operate energy-efficient structures and positioning New York State and Tech Valley as a leader in both nanotechnology and sustainable energy."

University at Albany Officer in Charge Susan Herbst said, "Once again, the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering is leading the way in developing collaborative educational programs that have a direct link to careers fueled by science and technology. These programs are testament to the leading-edge nanotechnology curriculum at CNSE, which is ranked by Small Times magazine as the best in the country, as well as the University's ability to develop scholarly initiatives that extend fundamental learning while providing real-life career opportunities for our students."

CNSE Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros said, "The UAlbany NanoCollege is pleased to collaborate with Einhorn Yaffee Prescott and Hudson Valley Community College on the GetNANO program, which will ensure our local college students receive world-class education and training for exciting and lucrative high-tech careers in their own backyard. At the same time, we are able to demonstrate the ability of the SUNY system, under the extraordinary leadership of Chancellor Ryan and with the support of New York's elected officials, to act as both an educational magnet and economic engine, preparing the future workforce that is an essential ingredient in attracting new high-tech companies and investment to the Capital Region and New York State."

Once established, the GetNANO program also would provide for internships for undergraduate students wishing to enter design, engineering and architecture-related careers; fellowships for faculty and students with graduate, bachelor and associate degrees; and, activities for middle- and high-school students with an interest in energy and environmental engineering and design.

Meanwhile, graduates of Hudson Valley's ETSMT program, which began in the fall of 2005, will be qualified for positions as cleanroom process operators and facilities technicians and engineers, careers that typically pay annual salaries that range from $30,000 to $60,000.

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 250 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

About Hudson Valley Community College. Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.