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Posted: Dec 20, 2010
UAlbany NanoCollege hosts 38,000 community members, including over 3,750 students, during 2010
(Nanowerk News) The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering ("CNSE") of the University at Albany hosted more than 38,000 members of the community – including over 3,750 elementary, middle and high school students – through its educational and public outreach programs and initiatives this year, representing a 25 percent increase from 2009.
Altogether, more than 8,000 students participated in educational activities, programs, workshops and seminars conducted by CNSE faculty, students and staff in 2010, combining those held on site at CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex and at locations such as schools, museums and conferences throughout the Capital Region and across upstate New York.
Community and public outreach initiatives presented by CNSE included participation from a diverse group of stakeholders, including partners in the education, technology, business, government, community and non-profit sectors. The annual celebration of "NANOvember," a month-long series of events that showcase the growing impact of nanotechnology on society and the global leadership of the UAlbany NanoCollege and New York State, attracted over 4,600 participants, an increase of more than 50 percent over the previous year.
"The sustained and significant commitment of the UAlbany NanoCollege to educational, community and public outreach at all levels scaled new heights this year," said Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of CNSE. "From students and parents exploring novel 21st century educational and career opportunities, to the engagement of partners in government, education, technology and business, CNSE is committed to enabling a world-class nanotechnology support network and building a high-tech labor force to ensure success in the innovation economy."
Highlights of CNSE's educational outreach initiatives included the participation of the 5000th student in the pioneering NanoCareer Day program, which served more than 40 schools and 1,200 students this year; graduation of 19 Albany High School students from the groundbreaking "NanoHigh" program, which brings to nearly 60 the number of graduates since the program was implemented three years ago; participation by 40 Newburgh Enlarged City School District students in the Institute of Nanoscale Technology and Youth ("INTY") Summer Residence program serving at-risk students; the selection of three high school seniors serving internships at CNSE as semifinalists in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search; and sponsorship and participation in the Capital Region 2010 STEM Expo, STEP Regional Science Competition, and the New York State Math League Competition.
In addition to the record participation in NANOvember activities, CNSE's community outreach initiatives featured a "Nano in the Mall" program conducted as part of National NanoDays 2010; an Earth Day clean up of the Hudson River to promote environmental awareness, organized by CNSE's Center for Sustainable Ecosystem Nanotechnologies; hosting of the National Latino Collegiate Conference, which brought nearly 200 students from across the state, the 2010 Omicron Delta Kappa Capital Region Leadership Conference, attended by 80 student leaders from the Northeast, and the smAlbany 2010 Business Showcase and Job Expo, which attracted over 750 attendees; and presentation of "NanoWorld" at the first-ever Capital Region "Back to School Expo."
For more information, the 2010 CNSE Outreach Report is available online at http://cnse.albany.edu/Outreach/CNSEOutreachReport.aspx.
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 $6.5 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, AMD, GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH, Toshiba, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML, Novellus Systems, Vistec Lithography and Atotech. An expansion currently in the planning stages 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 105,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms and more than 3,750 scientists, researchers and engineers from CNSE and global corporations. For information, visit www.cnse.albany.edu.