December 05, 2014

SUNY Poly NanoCollege Celebrates Winter Commencement



Graduates To Pursue High-Tech Career And Educational Opportunities In New York State

Albany, NY – As a testament to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s innovation-driven agenda for strengthening New York State’s high-tech workforce, thirty-two students at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) will receive degrees on Sunday, December 7. A majority of those students who have finalized their post-graduation plans have chosen to remain in New York to pursue exciting science-based careers, such as those related to nanotechnology, or advanced degrees.

“In concert with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s innovation-based educational model in New York State, CNSE has offered its graduates a world-class learning experience that has provided them with powerful access to New York’s rapidly expanding high-tech corridor,” said Dr. Robert Geer, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of SUNY Poly. “On behalf of SUNY Poly, I am proud to congratulate our newest graduates, most of whom have decided to embark on challenging careers and educational opportunities that are based right here in New York State, showcasing the successful pathways that have resulted from Governor Cuomo’s nanotechnology-focused blueprint for economic growth.”

Thirty-two CNSE students will receive degrees during winter commencement ceremonies. Fourteen of those students are natives of New York and fourteen are from other nations.

Thirty-one CNSE graduate students will receive degrees in Nanoscale Science or Nanoscale Engineering, including 12 Ph.D.’s and 19 master’s degrees, and one undergraduate student will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Nanoscale Engineering. More than half of those who will be awarded graduate degrees who have finalized their plans have already enrolled in CNSE’s cutting-edge Ph.D. programs, have been accepted into other prestigious Ph.D. programs at other institutions across the state, or have accepted positions at globally recognized high-tech companies and organizations with operations in New York, such as Applied Materials, IBM, Microfluidics, Colden Corporation, and Hermes Microvision, Inc. In addition, one student will continue as Chief Financial Officer of Eonix, a SUNY Poly battery and energy storage spinoff born from cutting-edge research based at the Albany NanoTech Complex.

CNSE is the world’s first and only institution to offer comprehensive undergraduate and graduate-level curricula focused on nanotechnology science and engineering, providing unprecedented access to game-changing careers through both its graduate program, which was introduced in 2004, and its undergraduate program, which began in 2010. CNSE’s educational offerings are supported by the unparalleled intellectual and technological resources of SUNY Poly’s $20 billion Albany NanoTech Complex, the most advanced nanotechnology facility at any university in the world which boasts more than 3,500 scientists, researchers, engineers, faculty, and students from leading global corporations and top research universities. In addition to SUNY Poly’s Albany campus, its Utica campus and rapidly expanding $40 billion portfolio of state-of-the-art mixed-use, computer chip commercialization, and clean energy-focused facilities across New York State provide an unmatched ecosystem for the attainment of 21st Century skills and know-how.


SUNY Polytechnic Institute. SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) is New York’s globally recognized, high-tech educational ecosystem, formed from the merger of the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and SUNY Institute of Technology. SUNY Poly offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience and nanoengineering, as well as cutting-edge nanobioscience and nanoeconomics programs at its Albany campus, and degrees in technology, professional studies, and the arts and sciences at its Utica/Rome campus. As the world’s most advanced, university-driven research enterprise, SUNY Poly boasts more than $20 billion in high-tech investments, over 300 corporate partners, and maintains a statewide footprint. The 1.3 million-square-foot Albany NanoTech megaplex is home to more than 3,500 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, faculty, and staff, in addition to Tech Valley High School. The Utica/Rome campus offers a unique high-tech learning environment, providing academic programs in technology, including engineering, cybersecurity, computer science, and the engineering technologies; professional studies, including business, communication, and nursing; and arts and sciences, with degrees and course offerings in natural sciences, mathematics, humanities, and social sciences. Thriving athletic, recreational, and cultural programs, events, and activities complement the campus experience. SUNY Poly operates the Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center (SCiTI) at Kiernan Plaza in Albany, the Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon, CNSE’s Central New York Hub for Emerging Nano Industries in Syracuse, the Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility in Rochester, and the Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center (STC) in Canandaigua. SUNY Poly founded and manages the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) on its Utica campus and also manages the $500 million New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium, with nodes in Albany and Rochester, as well as the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub at RiverBend, Buffalo Information Technologies Innovation and Commercialization Hub, and Buffalo Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub. For information visit and


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