May 31, 2011

UAlbany Nanocollege Recognized At Celebration Of Research And Innovation In New York State

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


New York City - On Thursday, May 26 the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany was recognized by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, The New York Academy of Sciences and The Research Foundation of State University of New York at a reception celebrating Research and Innovation in New York State.  The reception was held at the New York Academy of Sciences headquarters at 7 World Trade Center  in New York City and was attended by elected officials, members of the SUNY Board of Trustees, members of the Research Foundation Board of Directors, representatives of SUNY campuses and other distinguished guests.

The reception recognized SUNY's contribution to research and innovation across regions and communities of all sizes and demographics, covering projects and disciplines that range from nanotechnology, biotechnology, business start-ups, clean energy, entrepreneurship, manufacturing, productivity, community vitality, fashion, agriculture and training.

In being recognized for establishing New York as a leader in nanotechnology, the UAlbany NanoCollege was described as "perhaps the single most successful example of university-led economic development, job growth and high-tech discovery rolled into one. CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex has spurred the development of research centers, curriculum offerings, alliances and new jobs across the state. Its impact spans the state from the Adirondacks to New York City and from Albany and Syracuse to Rochester."

"A great story is unfolding across SUNY's 64 campuses," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.  "It's a story of creativity and bold thinking. It's the story of the kind of innovation that is saving lives, creating jobs for tomorrow's workplaces, and laying the foundation for New York as an economic leader for a challenging new century.  Faculty and students at SUNY campuses statewide are charting our future."

"We're proud to have the opportunity to highlight SUNY's incredible resource base and proven ability to make a difference in New York State," said Ellis Rubenstein, President and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences. "Each of the success stories recognized today is testimony to the tremendous assets that SUNY brings to communities across the state."

"The breadth and impact of SUNY research and innovation is clear," said Bonny G. Boice, Executive Vice President of the Research Foundation. "We are committed to supporting these and other achievements that have a profound effect on our state and our lives."

"On behalf of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, we are delighted to be recognized for our efforts in building a world-class nanotechnology research and innovation ecosystem in New York State," said Dr. Robert Geer, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at CNSE.  "Catalyzed by a pioneering public-private partnership that has engaged government, industry and academia, the UAlbany NanoCollege is home to a groundbreaking educational paradigm and unparalleled technology infrastructure that are enabling high-tech economic growth to benefit residents across New York."

About CNSE. The UAlbany CNSE is the first college in the world dedicated to education, research, development, and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex is the most advanced research enterprise of its kind at any university in the world. With over $7 billion in high-tech investments, the 800,000-square-foot complex 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 80,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms. More than 2,500 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty work on site, from companies including IBM, GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH, Toshiba, Samsung, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML, Novellus Systems, Vistec Lithography and Atotech. An expansion now underway is projected to increase the size of CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex to over 1,250,000 square feet of next-generation infrastructure housing over 135,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms and more than 3,750 scientists, researchers and engineers from CNSE and global corporations. For information, visit

About the State University of New York. The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more than 467,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses with more than 2.5 million alumni around the globe. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit 

About the New York Academy of Sciences. The New York Academy of Sciences is an independent, not-for-profit organization committed to advancing science, technology, and society worldwide since 1817. With 25,000 members in 140 countries, NYAS is creating a global community of science for the benefit of humanity. NYAS' core mission is to advance scientific knowledge, positively impact the major global challenges of society with science-based solutions, and increase the number of scientifically informed individuals in society at large. For more information, please visit

About the Research Foundation of State University of New York. Celebrating 60 years of supporting SUNY research, the Research Foundation of State University of New York (RF) is the largest most comprehensive university-connected research foundation in the country. The RF supports over $1 billion in SUNY research activity annually and facilitates university-indus­try-government partnerships to accelerate the growth of sponsored program and applied research opportunities.  Areas of research encompass a vast range of dis­ciplines including life sciences and medicine; engineer­ing and nanotechnology; physical sciences and energy; social sciences, and computer and information sciences.

Founded in 1951 as a private not for profit educational corporation, the RF works with academic and business leadership to support essential research and discovery that translate into invention, innovation, entrepreneurship, economic opportunity and public benefit. For more information visit the RF website, readthe RF Fact of the Day and connect with the RF on Facebook.