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SUNY Poly is the world's first college to offer comprehensive baccalaureate programs in Nanoscale Engineering and Nanoscale Science - groundbreaking educational and research curricula that will uniquely prepare students for growing scientific opportunities in the nanotechnology-enabled careers of the 21st century.


Undergraduate student
Zachary Olmsted
receives nation's most prestigious award for science and engineering

Building on SUNY Poly's pioneering graduate-level programs in nanoscale science and nanoscale engineering - which was also a global first when it commenced in September 2004 - the bachelor's degree curriculum, features a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, and truly innovative instructional portfolio centered on scholarly excellence that taps into SUNY Poly CNSE's international academic leadership in nanoscale engineering and science.

Undergraduate student
Michael Hovish
explains why SUNY Poly CNSE is
'the place to be' for pioneering research

The undergraduate curriculum harnesses the unparalleled intellectual and technological resources of SUNY Poly's Albany NanoTech Complex, which is the most advanced nanotechnology research enterprise at any university in the world. With more than $24 billion in public and private investments, and the participation of more than 4,000 scientists, researchers, engineers, faculty, and graduate students from leading global corporations and top research universities, SUNY Poly CNSE offers undergraduate students a world-class experience working with, and learning from, the top innovative minds in the academic and industrial worlds.

SUNY Poly CNSE undergraduates from the inaugural class discuss their first-class experience

Both the bachelor's degree in nanoscale engineering and the bachelor's degree in nanoscale science offer an academically rigorous preparation for students intending to pursue scientific, technical, or professional careers in nanotechnology-enabled fields or graduate studies in nanoscale engineering or nanoscale science, as well as other physical sciences or interdisciplinary sciences such as materials science, physics, biophysics, chemistry or biochemistry. As a result, graduates will demonstrate the technical and professional proficiencies necessary to enable the identification, description, discovery, experimental investigation, and theoretical interpretation of nanoscale phenomenon and, as a result, become highly successful scientists, researchers, educators, and leaders in the global innovation economy of the 21st century.

The importance of these programs is best captured in the multi-billion dollar National Nanotechnology Initiative, signed into law by the U.S. President in 2004, which calls for the creation of the "laboratory and human resource infrastructure in universities and in the education of nanotechnology professionals" to prepare the U.S. workforce for the 21st century innovation economy. This need is supported by practically every study, report and analysis published by governmental bodies, corporate organizations, academic entities and think tanks across the globe, including the National Science Foundation, which forecasts the need for more than 6 million nanotechnology professionals worldwide by 2020.