3/26/2014 9:44:31 AM

SUNY CNSE's Statewide Resources Allow SUNY Students to Turn Their Education into High-Tech Careers and Stay in New York State

NanoCollege connects UAlbany graduate with unmatched
career and professional opportunities in New York State

Albany, NY – When she began her college education at the University at Albany (UAlbany), Emily Behnke likely never thought that her studies would lead to an exciting career at the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) where she is directly involved with the NanoCollege’s efforts to expand nanotechnology-related partnerships across New York State.

But after graduating from UAlbany with a Bachelor’s Degree in English in 2004, followed by an M.B.A in 2006, the Marion, New York native became CNSE’s Assistant Vice President of Clean Energy Programs and the Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center (E2TAC) Assistant Director – just one of the many innovative and challenging career opportunities based at CNSE’s Albany NanoTech location and at CNSE’s other state-of-the-art facilities that are helping to transform New York State.

“This burgeoning high-tech ecosystem is allowing countless people like Emily to build upon and apply their SUNY education in ways that will pay dividends as they in turn support the state’s next-generation economy,” said Dr. Pradeep Haldar, CNSE VP of Entrepreneurship Innovation and Clean Energy Programs and Director of E2TAC. “Just as CNSE provides a model that is enabling world-class educational, workforce training, and career opportunities, Emily’s story is one that is being replicated by other graduates who are now able to take advantage of the world-class research hubs located in Buffalo, Rochester, Utica, and Albany.”

Behnke’s work at CNSE and as part of E2TAC supports the state’s $20 billion nanotechnology- and clean energy-based ecosystem that underpins New York’s globally recognized 21st Century economy. E2TAC plays a major role in the state’s high-tech progress as it works with companies in the energy and environmental industries. It offers a critical platform for CNSE to leverage its intellectual power base and state-of-the-art infrastructure to provide an applications-targeted resource that supports technology development and leads to the integration of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology in advanced energy and environmental applications.

“CNSE is an amazing place providing the chance to become involved in the further development of New York State’s innovation clusters, and I am thrilled to be a part of it. Everyday I see how CNSE is uniquely positioned to grow high-tech jobs and advance cutting-edge research and development,” said Behnke. “As a result of this dynamic ecosystem, the NanoCollege is able to offer incredible opportunities for SUNY graduates like myself, just as it simultaneously benefits from SUNY students who bring diverse backgrounds and experiences to bear in a wide variety of nanotechnology-related areas.”

Behnke added that she is proud of CNSE’s statewide footprint, which has benefitted SUNY students who take part in everything from CNSE’s prestigious, cutting-edge Summer Internship program to the numerous outreach events that she is often a part of where she helps teach children about clean energy through hands-on experiments.

She also noted that her husband, Jason, has also chosen to stay in New York after graduating from CNSE. Behnke said, “I am thrilled that SUNY graduates can leverage CNSE’s statewide reach, state-of-the-art facilities, and world-class capabilities to connect with exciting careers, just as I was able to take my UAlbany educational experience to the next level.”


About SUNY CNSE. The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) is the world leader in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. CNSE represents the world’s most advanced university-driven research enterprise, with more than $20 billion in high-tech investments and over 300 corporate partners. The 1.3 million-square-foot Albany NanoTech megaplex is home to more than 3,100 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty. CNSE maintains a statewide footprint, operating the Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center (SCiTI) at Kiernan Plaza in Albany, the Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon, the Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility in Rochester, and the Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center (STC) in Canandaigua. CNSE co-founded and manages the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) at SUNYIT and is lead developer of the Marcy Nanocenter site in Utica, as well as the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Complex, Buffalo Information Technologies Innovation and Commercialization Hub, and Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub. For information, visit


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