December 17, 2007

UAlbany Nanocollege Names Top Industry Executive To Head Strategic Outreach Into Asia And Pacific Rim

By: by Steve Janack, Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Communications, CNSE


(Albany, NY) - The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering ("CNSE") of the University at Albany announced today that it has selected a leading nanoelectronics industry executive to head up a new strategic and economic outreach initiative targeting Asia and the Pacific Rim, an effort designed to foster new global collaborations that would bring additional high-tech jobs, companies and investment to the Capital Region and New York State.

Dr. Makoto Hirayama joins the UAlbany NanoCollege as Assistant Vice President and Director of Asian and Pacific Rim Strategic Alliances after 30 years as an executive with Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Applied Materials Japan and most recently Tokyo Electron Ltd. ("TEL"), including the last four years as Senior Vice President in charge of TEL's Technology Center, America ("TTCA"), located at the CNSE Albany NanoTech complex.  

TTCA is the first and only 300mm wafer TEL R&D and technology deployment Center outside Japan.  Under Dr. Hirayama's leadership, the TTCA has established itself as a multi-hundred million dollar global R&D powerhouse, generating well over 100 U.S. Patents and Patent Applications combined over the past two years, including 16 U.S. Patents issued and 49 U.S. Patent Applications in 2006 alone.

Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of CNSE, said, "I am delighted to welcome Dr. Hirayama as the newest member of the executive team at the UAlbany NanoCollege. His recognized expertise and demonstrated leadership in the international nanoelectronics industry gives CNSE a unique opportunity to attract new academic and corporate partners to its world-class Albany NanoTech complex, specifically from Asia and the Pacific Rim, while further enhancing and strengthening our international partnership with TEL."

Dr. Hirayama said, "I am excited to have the chance to join the UAlbany NanoCollege, particularly after spending the past four years amid the unparalleled facilities, next-generation research and vibrant public-private partnerships at this fast-growing institution. New York is clearly recognized as a world leader in nanoelectronics, and I look forward to the opportunity to build on the successful CNSE model by working to attract additional companies from Asia and the Pacific Rim to the Albany NanoTech complex."

In his new position, Dr. Hirayama will be responsible for the development and implementation of a world-class, externally funded program involving research and development, business and educational initiatives that utilize the advanced fine patterning and extensive materials characterization capabilities at CNSE.  The program is designed to support the growth of further collaborative activities with industry and academia around the world, and to attract additional global corporate partners, with an emphasis on Asian corporations such as Nikon, Hitachi, Revera, Wafermasters, Matheson Tri Gas and Seiko Instruments.

Dr. Hirayama will also conduct scientific research related to the transistor behavior of nanometer scale devices from the crystallography, quantum physics and material science point of view, as well as the experimental characterization of actual nanometer scale transistor devices.

Dr. Hirayama received his bachelor's, masters and Ph.D. in electric and electronics engineering from Sophia University in Tokyo. The author of numerous scientific publications, Dr. Hirayama is a former chair of the SEMI Technology Symposium and a recipient of the 2004 Solid State Devices and Materials Award.


About CNSE. The UAlbany CNSE is the first college in the world dedicated to research, development, education, and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. In May 2007, it was ranked as the world's number one college for nanotechnology and microtechnology in the Annual College Ranking by Small Times magazine. CNSE's Albany NanoTech complex is the most advanced research facility of its kind at any university in the world: a $4.2 billion, 450,000-square-foot complex that attracts corporate partners from around the world and offers students a one-of-a-kind academic experience. The UAlbany NanoCollege houses the only fully-integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration line within 65,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms. More than 2,000 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty work on site at CNSE's Albany NanoTech complex, from companies including IBM, AMD, SONY, Toshiba, ASML, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, and Freescale. An expansion currently underway will increase the size of CNSE's Albany NanoTech complex to over 800,000 square feet, including over 80,000 square feet of Class 1 cleanroom space, to house over 2,500 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty by mid-2009. For more information, visit