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5/19/2014 10:25:19 AM

SUNY NanoCollege Graduates Find Career and Educational Opportunities Waiting for Them in New York State

Spring commencement graduates staying in New York, with many already accepting
high-tech jobs

Albany, NY – The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) has announced that thirty-four students graduated with undergraduate and advanced degrees in commencement exercises held Saturday, May 17. Of those who have decided which opportunities they would like to pursue, more than half plan to remain in New York State to embark on exciting careers in the state’s growing advanced technology sector, or will further their education.

“I applaud this newest class of SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering graduates who have earned the honor of calling themselves SUNY CNSE alumni through their steadfast efforts that will open the door to exciting opportunities across New York State,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “This accomplishment highlights just how SUNY’s jobs pipeline is able to provide a rigorous educational experience that directly translates to unique career and educational opportunities.”

“On behalf of SUNY CNSE, I congratulate the 2014 graduates of this institution, whether they pursue careers that will undoubtedly allow them to utilize the real-world skillsets they gained during their experience at CNSE, or decide to further their education at leading institutions, including the NanoCollege,” said CNSE Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Robert Geer. “Through Governor Andrew Cuomo’s continuous efforts to support high-tech growth initiatives that provide valuable jobs and educational opportunities across New York State, I am thrilled that these latest CNSE graduates are able to remain here and pursue unprecedented career and educational paths that are directly connected to the state’s growing nanotechnology-enabled economy.”

Thirty-four CNSE graduate and undergraduate students, including twenty from New York State and six international students, received degrees during a commencement recognition ceremony at CNSE. Nine students were awarded Ph.D.’s, nine earned master’s degrees, and of the sixteen in CNSE’s undergraduate class who were awarded Bachelor of Science degrees, seven had a Nanoscale Science concentration and nine had a Nanoscale Engineering concentration.

The students who received degrees from CNSE during the spring commencement ceremony plan to pursue a wide variety of career and educational avenues. Of those who have decided what they will do upon graduating, two-thirds of the college’s graduate students have accepted positions at leading corporations in the fields of semiconductor, clean-energy, or bioscience research and development, including Bess Technologies, Breonics Inc., GlobalFoundries, and IBM, or they are already enrolled in CNSE’s Ph.D. program. Two undergraduate students also plan to pursue doctoral degrees at CNSE and have since been admitted into the Ph.D. program, with a number of others seeking internships and graduate degrees in New York and beyond.

CNSE is the world’s first and only college to offer comprehensive undergraduate and graduate-level curricula focused on nanotechnology research and development 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 $20 billion Albany NanoTech Complex and its growing portfolio of high-tech research, development, and commercialization facilities that are part of innovation hubs in cities across upstate New York. Including this latest class of graduates, CNSE now boasts more than 200 alumni since its inception.

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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 www.sunycnse.com.

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Media Contact:

Jerry Gretzinger, CNSE VP of Strategic Communications and Public Relations
(518) 956-7359 | ggretzinger@albany.edu