February 11, 2015

Governor Cuomo Announces SUNY Polytechnic Institute Recognized as Top University in the Nation for Business-Funded Research and Development



Andrew M. Cuomo - Governor


Albany, New York (February 11, 2015)

Distinction from the National Science Foundation Reflects Innovative University-Industry Partnership Model and New York’s Growing Innovation Economy

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that SUNY Polytechnic Institute has recently been recognized by the National Science Foundation as the top university in the country for business-funded research and development. In achieving this distinction, SUNY Poly surpassed other leading schools like MIT, Duke and Stanford.

The Foundation’s report places SUNY Poly and its Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering atop nearly 900 American colleges and universities in 2013, with $201.6 million in research and development expenditures derived from more than 300 corporate and business partners.

“New York is leading the way in creating opportunities for the academic and business communities to thrive, which is translating to major investments from the private sector in some of the brightest minds and most innovative research projects in the State,” Governor Cuomo said. “This report is proof that New York’s high-tech economy, which is epitomized by the groundbreaking research partnerships established by SUNY Polytechnic and CNSE, continues to draw interest from investors and business leaders around the globe. That fact, coupled with an incredibly skilled workforce, our world-class colleges and universities and the unmatched advantages of START-UP NY, means that New York State is open for business.”

The report is a reflection of New York’s growing 21st century knowledge economy, which is driven by the successful university-industry partnership model. This model is employed by a number of SUNY Poly-operated innovation hubs across the Upstate region, and is helping to create high-tech jobs in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica and Albany.

Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, SUNY Poly President and CEO, said, “It is a testament to Governor Cuomo, and the corporate partners, faculty, students, and staff of SUNY Poly that in a few short years we have rocketed past our peers, including MIT, Duke and Stanford, in one of the most important indicators of institutional research excellence in American higher education today. This is only the beginning. Moving forward with the combined strength of our statewide facilities, and under the vision and direction of Governor Cuomo, SUNY Poly is poised for even more dramatic growth, superior academic programs, job-creation, and game changing research and discovery.”

The report also shows that while higher education research and development nationally increased by less than half a percent in 2013, SUNY Poly increased 41 percent year-to-year.

The Foundation’s report on business-funded research and development expenses is available here.


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 www.sunycnse.com and www.sunypoly.edu.


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