12/6/2013 8:19:26 PM

SUNY NanoCollege graduates choose to remain in New York to pursue high-tech career and educational pathways

Majority of CNSE students receiving degrees during winter commencement ceremonies

on December 8 have secured opportunities to launch careers or advance their education in NY

Albany, NY – In accordance with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s strategic blueprint to build a world-class workforce for New York’s burgeoning nanotechnology industry, 14 students at the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) will receive degrees on Sunday, December 8, with the majority of those who have finalized post-graduation plans deciding to remain in New York as they embark on new careers in the nanotechnology sector or pursue advanced degrees at CNSE.

“I am delighted to congratulate this newest class of graduates from SUNY CNSE as they leverage their world-class training in Nanoscale Science and Nanoscale Engineering to secure unmatched career and educational opportunities right here in New York,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “The dedication and perseverance of these graduates showcases SUNY’s mission of providing a quality, affordable education that prepares students for the jobs of tomorrow, particularly those fueled by next-generation science and technology.”

“Building on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s innovative blueprint, CNSE has once again armed its graduates with unparalleled education and training that are opening the doors to ever-expanding opportunities in New York’s nanotechnology-driven economy,” said CNSE Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Timothy Groves. “On behalf of the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, I am thrilled to congratulate our newest graduates, many of whom have chosen to remain in New York as a true testament to Governor Cuomo’s high-tech educational paradigm.”

Fourteen CNSE students, including eight New York natives and five international students, will receive degrees during winter commencement ceremonies.

Thirteen CNSE graduate students will receive degrees in Nanoscale Science or Nanoscale Engineering, including six Ph.D.’s and seven master’s degrees. Three-quarters of those being awarded graduate degrees who have finalized their plans have either accepted positions at globally recognized high-tech companies and organizations with operations in New York, including IBM, Tokyo Electron, and GLOBALFOUNDRIES; decided to further their education by pursuing post-doctoral research positions at the SUNY NanoCollege; or are already enrolled in CNSE’s leading-edge Ph.D. program. In addition, one undergraduate student will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Nanoscale Engineering.

CNSE is the world’s first and only college to offer comprehensive undergraduate and graduate-level curricula focused on nanotechnology science and engineering, providing unprecedented access to game-changing careers through both its graduate program, which was introduced in 2004, and its undergraduate program, which began in 2010. CNSE’s educational offerings are supported by the unmatched intellectual and technological resources of CNSE's $17 billion Albany NanoTech Complex, the most advanced nanotechnology enterprise at any university in the world, boasting more than 3,100 scientists, researchers, engineers, faculty, and students from leading global corporations and top research universities.


About SUNY 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 as part of the Nano Utica initiative, and is leading development of the High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub and Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub, both located in Buffalo. For information, visit


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