March 12, 2007

Nanotech Conference Aims To Foster Business, Academic Collaborations

By: by Richard A. D'Errico, The Business Review


The state University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and the AeA, a high-tech trade association, are partnering together to hold a conference focused on developing collaborations among companies working on nanotechnology.

The conference, to be held on May 21-23 at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, is expected to draw 200 people. Steve Janack, spokesman for the UAlbany nanocollege, said the goal of the conference is to link nanotech leaders from universities and industry together to collaborate on developing solutions to common problems in such industries as nanoelectronics, health care, energy, defense and aerospace.

The conference is called the Convergence of International Research and Commercialization in Albany, or CIRCA '07. It replaces the Albany Symposium, which the nanocollege ended last year after five years. That conference, held each fall in the Sagamore in Bolton Landing, had served its purpose, which was to draw semiconductor industry executives, business leaders and government officials together, according to the nanocollege.

Last March, when the decision was announced to discontinue the conference, Alain Kaloyeros, vice president and chief administrative officer of the nanocollege, said: "We're working on a new vehicle."

Some of the confirmed speakers include Bernie Meyerson, IBM Fellow and vice president and chief technologist for IBM Systems and Technology, and Michael O'Halloran, director of technology for CH2M HILL, an Englewood, Colo., company that makes clean rooms.

For further information on CIRCA '07, including registration, visit