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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

Faculty: 50

Total enrollment: 301 for the Spring 2014 semester

  • Undergraduate: 133
  • Masters: 39
  • Doctoral: 128
  • M.D./Ph.D.: 1
Total alumni: 174 through Spring 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 3,100

    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

    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 Innovation Hub at RiverBend

    • Groundbreaking scheduled for early 2014
    • 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