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Posted: Nov 18, 2013
SUNY NanoCollege forum: 'Preparing our Young People for the Region's High-Tech Future'
(Nanowerk News) In support of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s blueprint to prepare students for educational and career opportunities in New York’s growing nanotechnology economy, more than 60 Capital Region school superintendents and other academic leaders took part in an educational forum at the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) on Monday, November 18.
The forum featured a keynote presentation, panel discussion, and tour that showcased CNSE’s expanding educational assets, including Tech Valley High School, which will relocate to CNSE’s world-class campus. Participants learned how students can gain unmatched academic experience as the NanoCollege partners with school districts across New York to build an unparalleled educational ecosystem that will prepare students for opportunities in the state’s innovation-driven economy.
The forum is part of CNSE’s sixth annual celebration of NANOvember, which is designed to demonstrate the growing impact of nanotechnology on society and the global leadership of the NanoCollege and New York State in this exciting field.
The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (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. With more than $17 billion in high-tech investments, CNSE represents the world’s most advanced university-driven research enterprise, offering students a one-of-a-kind academic experience and providing over 300 corporate partners with access to an unmatched ecosystem for leading-edge R&D and commercialization of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology innovations. CNSE’s footprint spans upstate New York, including its Albany NanoTech Complex, a 1.3 million-square-foot megaplex with the only fully-integrated, 300mm and 450mm wafer computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration lines within 135,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms. More than 3,100 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty work here, from companies including IBM, Intel, GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH, Samsung, TSMC, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML, and Lam Research. CNSE’s latest expansion, which includes NanoFab Xtension (NFX), headquarters for the world’s first Global 450mm Consortium (G450C), and the Zero Energy Nanotechnology (ZEN) building, a living laboratory for green energy technologies, will add more than 1,000 scientists, researchers, and engineers from CNSE and global corporations. CNSE Kiernan Plaza in downtown Albany is home to CNSE's Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center (SCiTI). CNSE’s Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon, which provides a prototyping and demonstration line for next-generation CIGS thin-film solar cells, and the CNSE Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility (CNSE MDF) in Rochester, the solar industry’s first full-service collaborative facility dedicated to crystalline silicon, support CNSE’s leadership of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC). CNSE’s Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence (STC) in Rochester offers state-of-the-art capabilities for MEMS fabrication and packaging. CNSE also co-founded and manages operations at the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) at SUNYIT and is lead developer of the Marcy Nanocenter site in Utica, and is partnering with AMRI and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to develop the Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub in Buffalo. For information, visit www.sunycnse.com.