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11/13/2013 3:40:00 PM

More than 300 elementary, middle, and high school students from across New York visit SUNY CNSE for NanoCareer Day

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Albany, NY – In accordance with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s educational blueprint to prepare students for New York’s growing nanotechnology economy, the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) hosted hundreds of students from across the state for its popular NanoCareer Day program on Wednesday, November 13.

The event was part of CNSE’s sixth annual celebration of NANOvember, a month-long series of activities that are designed to highlight the growing impact of nanotechnology on society and the global leadership of the SUNY NanoCollege and New York State in this exciting field.

More than 300 elementary, middle, and high school students from seven New York counties took part in a series of engaging activities in which they built polymer chains, extracted DNA from fruit, gowned up in a cleanroom “bunny” suit, and toured CNSE’s world-class Albany NanoTech Complex. They also learned about the growing number of nanotechnology-based careers at leading high-tech companies and at CNSE, the most advanced university-driven research enterprise in the world.

Participating schools, including their counties, were: Albany High School, City School District of Albany (Albany); Mohonasen High School, Mohonasen Central School District (Schenectady); New York Mills Jr./Sr. High School, New York Mills Union Free School District (Oneida); Shaker Junior High School, North Colonie Central School District (Albany); Stamford Central School, Stamford Central School District (Delaware); Averill Park High School, Averill Park Central School District (Rensselaer); Cooperstown Junior/Senior High School, Cooperstown Central School District (Otsego); Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES (Otsego); Shenendehowa High School East, Shenendehowa Central School District (Saratoga); Laurens Central School, Laurens Central School District (Otsego).

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About CNSE. 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.

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Steve Janack, CNSE Vice President for Marketing and Communications
(518) 956-7322 | sjanack@albany.edu