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First college in the world dedicated to research, development, education, and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics

Most advanced research complex of its kind at any university in the world

Home to the New York State Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology

2001: Established as the School of Nanosciences and Nanoengineering at the University at Albany

2004: Accredited as the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the University at Albany

December 2004: CNSE awards the world's first Ph.D. degrees in nanoscience

May 2013: Thirteen students are awarded Bachelor of Science degrees as members of CNSE’s first undergraduate class

July 2013: SUNY announces it will establish the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering as a separate institution within the SUNY System  

September 2014:  State University of New York Trustees unanimously approve SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) as new name for merged SUNY CNSE / SUNYIT

Faculty: 50

Total enrollment: 385 for the Fall 2014 semester

  • Undergraduate: 201
  • Masters: 44
  • Doctoral: 138
  • M.D./Ph.D.: 2
Total alumni: 191 through Fall 2014 semester
    Degree Programs: Constellations:
    Total investment to date: more than $20 billion

    Total facility space to date: 1,300,000 square feet

    Total 300mm Wafer, Class 1 Capable, Cleanroom Space:
    140,000 square feet

    Total employees onsite: More than 3,500

    Total global corporate partners to date: More than 300

    Centers and programs at CNSE:

    NanoFab Xtension:

    • Completed: 2013
    • Cost: $365 million
    • 500,000 square feet total
    • 50,000 square feet cleanroom space

    NanoFab East and NanoFab Central:

    • Completed: March 2009
    • Cost: $150 million
    • NanoFab East: 250,000 square foot office, classroom and laboratory building
    • NanoFab Central: 100,000 square foot building housing 15,000 square feet of cleanroom space
    NanoFab North:
    • Completed: December 2005
    • Cost: $175 million
    • 228,000 square feet total
    • 35,000 square feet cleanroom/clean subfab space
    NanoFab South:
    • Completed: March 2004
    • Cost: $50 million
    • 150,000 square feet total
    • 32,000 square feet cleanroom space
    NanoFab 200 (CESTM):
    • Completed: June 1997
    • Cost: $16.5 million
    • 70,000 square feet total
    • 4,000 square feet cleanroom space

    CNSE Kiernan Plaza

    • Located in Albany, NY
    • Cost: $30 million ($4 million as part of Governor Cuomo’s Capital Region Economic Development Council and $26 million in private sector support)
    • Houses the Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center (SCiTI)

    CNSE Solar Energy Development Center (CNSE SEDC):

    • Located in Halfmoon, NY
    • 18,000 square feet total
    • 100 kilowatt prototyping and demonstration line for CIGS thin film solar cells

    Computer Chip Commercialization Center (QUAD-C):

    • Located in Utica, NY
    • Cost: $125 million
    • 250,000 square feet total
    • 56,000 square feet cleanroom space

    Central New York (CNY) Hub for Emerging Nano Industries:

    • Located in Syracuse, NY
    • Cost: Minimum private investment of over $150 million over seven years, $15 million to build the facility at the Collamer Crossings Business Park in Dewitt, $1.4 million investment from Onondaga County in on site work ensuring the entire business park is shovel ready and the county IDA has programs in place to assist new tenets
    • 104,000 square feet total (by 2015)

    Smart System Technology & Commercialization Center (STC):

    • Located outside of Rochester, NY
    • Completion Dates
      • STC Fabrication Facility Completed: September 2004
      • STC Packaging Facility Completed: November 2007
    • Cost: $39 million
    • 129,000 square feet total
    • 26,000 square feet cleanroom space

    CNSE Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility (CNSE MDF):

    • Revitalization currently underway
    • Located in Rochester, NY
    • 57,000 square feet total
    • 20,000 square foot cleanroom space

    Buffalo Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub

    • A partnership between CNSE, AMRI and Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
    • Located in Buffalo, New York at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
    • Cost: $250 million ($200 million in private sector support and $50 million invested by New York State)
    • A shared-user facility for research, development, and testing for drug screening, pharmaceutical development, technology optimization, business attraction, workforce training, and bioinformatics

    Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Complex

    • Located in Buffalo, New York near the Buffalo River
    • Phase I investment: $1.725 billion ($1.5 billion in private sector funding and $225 million by New York State)
    • Phase I footprint: 275,000 square feet, with future plans to expand within the 90-acre campus
    • A leading-edge shared-use facility providing companies advanced capabilities in the fields of biotech, high-tech, and clean energy

    Buffalo Information Technologies Innovation and Commercialization Hub

    • Located in Buffalo, New York at Key Center
    • Investment: $55 million Buffalo Billion investment from New York State
    • Will house anchor tenant IBM, train IT professionals, educate new IT staff through SUNY partnerships, and develop next-generation IT software needed to drive state-of-the-art discoveries in the areas of molecular research, genomics, energy efficiency development, and defense.