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12/20/2013 1:23:48 PM

SUNY NanoCollege hosts more than 70,000 people for outreach and community-based activities during 2013

Participation increases more than 16 percent from 2012 as CNSE’s educational and public outreach programs and initiatives expand across New York State’s nanotechnology corridor

Albany, NY – In furtherance of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s blueprint for high-tech workforce and educational development, the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) expanded its critical educational and community outreach efforts in 2013, leading to more than 70,000 community members – including over 13,000 elementary, middle, high school, and college students – participating in a variety of nano-inspired educational activities, presentations, symposia, tours, and events where they received an up-close look at the power and potential of the state’s burgeoning nano-enabled economy.

“In accordance with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s innovative jobs creation and workforce vision for New York State, CNSE is thrilled to continue its steadfast commitment to providing both children and adults the chance to experience firsthand the exciting world of nanotechnology as it improves our way of life and spurs unprecedented economic opportunities,” said CNSE Senior Vice President and CEO Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros. “As Governor Cuomo’s multiple high-tech initiatives reinvigorate the state’s economy, CNSE is excited to see such high levels of interest in outreach activities that are designed to educate and connect New York’s highly skilled workforce with the growing number of nanotechnology-related jobs underpinning New York State’s 21st Century business ecosystem.”

Of the 70,000 total people who were served by CNSE’s massive outreach effort throughout 2013, more than 13,000 students from across New York State took part in hands-on educational activities that provided them with unforgettable experiences as they examined the fascinating world of the nanosciences and gained a greater understanding of the growing number of New York-based educational and career opportunities that are increasingly becoming available to them.

In all, 200 engaging CNSE-led educational events and community outreach activities took place at numerous off-site locations such as schools and libraries and at CNSE locations across New York State, including at the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) in Utica; CNSE’s Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence (CNSE’s STC) in Canandaigua; CNSE’s Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center (SCiTI) at Kiernan Plaza in Albany; and at CNSE’s unrivalled $17 billion Albany NanoTech complex, the most advanced research institution of its kind in the world. At each event, people of all ages were introduced to the cutting-edge concepts behind the state’s nanotechnology-based revolution and its increasing relevance to their lives. Concurrently, more than 50 community outreach programs served CNSE’s government, technology, business, education, and nonprofit partners who represent a variety of sectors.

For more information, the 2013 CNSE Outreach Report is available online at http://www.cnse.albany.edu/Outreach/CNSEOutreachReport.aspx.

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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 www.sunycnse.com.

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Steve Ference, CNSE Assoc. VP for Marketing & Communications and Media Advisor to the SVP and CEO | (518) 956-7319 | sference2@albany.edu