January 11, 2007

UAlbany Nanocollege To Host Job Fair For Vistec Lithography

By: by Steve Janack, Director of Communications, CNSE


(Albany) - The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering ("CNSE") of the University at Albany today announced plans to host a Job Fair for Vistec Lithography, as the first global technology company to move its entire operation to New York's Capital Region begins the process of building its area workforce through the creation of new high-tech jobs.   

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari announced last October that the New York State Assembly would provide $30 million in funding to enable Vistec's move from the United Kingdom, which includes location of the company's global headquarters, business operations and manufacturing at the Watervliet Arsenal Technology Campus and joint research and development at the UAlbany NanoCollege through a newly created Center for Nanolithography Development. Over the next five years, Vistec will invest $125 million at the Arsenal Campus and create 130 high-tech jobs.

The Job Fair, to be held on Wednesday, January 24 from 5 to 8:30 pm at CNSE's Albany NanoTech complex, will mark the start of local hiring for Vistec, one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of advanced electron-beam tools critical to the future of nanotechnology. A variety of positions will be filled immediately - from applications, project and module test engineers, production technicians and materials director to finance, marketing and administrative personnel - with officials from Vistec on hand to accept resumes and conduct initial interviews on site. The Arsenal Business and Technology Partnership and the New York State Department of Labor will also provide assistance at the event.

In addition, companies throughout the region that are interested in providing materials, supplies and other services to Vistec have been invited to attend the event to speak with company officials about potential opportunities for vendors.

"Vistec is officially on the ground, here, in the heart of Tech Valley, adding still another leading global nanotechnology company to the growing high-tech presence in our region and state," said Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari.  "I hope Capital Region residents will take the opportunity to learn more about the high-tech career opportunities being generated by the arrival of Vistec, which has made a substantial investment in our regional economy, and find out if there is a place for them to make a contribution."

Papken S. DerTorossian, President and Chairman of the Board of Vistec Lithography Inc., said, "Vistec Lithography is excited to be here in the Capital Region, close to the UAlbany NanoCollege's Albany NanoTech complex, which will give Vistec an opportunity to recruit a well-trained and educated workforce to help us maintain our global leadership in the highly competitive business of electron beam technology. With the enthusiastic support of elected officials on the local and state level, particularly Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari, the commitment of leaders in higher education like Alain Kaloyeros, and the wonderful quality of life in the region and throughout upstate New York, we look forward to building a local workforce of world-class employees to enable Vistec to grow and prosper in New York State."

Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of CNSE, said, "Led by the vision, support and investment of Assembly Speaker Silver, Assembly Majority Leader Canestrari and the New York State Assembly, the arrival of Vistec Lithography is creating high-tech jobs for residents of the Capital Region and New York State, and giving companies in the region an opportunity to develop strategic business relationships with one of the world's leading nanotechnology companies. The UAlbany NanoCollege is pleased to lend its support by hosting this initial Job Fair for Vistec, which will assist the company in hiring the highly skilled employees it needs to ramp up its operations at the Watervliet Arsenal Technology Campus and CNSE's Albany NanoTech complex."

Tony Gaetano, President of the Arsenal Business and Technology Partnership, said, "Together with the continued leadership and support of the New York State Assembly and partnership of the UAlbany NanoCollege, we are pleased to assist Vistec Lithography as the company begins to build its workforce in the Capital Region, providing unique and exciting opportunities for talented professionals on the cutting edge of a new industry."

Candidates interested in attending and interviewing at the Job Fair are encouraged to pre-register online by visiting http://www.vistec-semi.com/.

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 dedicated 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 http://cnse.albany.edu/.