January 03, 2013
2013: The New New York
By: Alain E. Kaloyeros, Ph.D., Professor, Senior Vice President and CEO, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
Source: Solid State Technology
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking,” said
Albert Einstein. “It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
words ring especially true in today’s nanoelectronics industry, amid a
sea of challenges: global economic unrest; rising pressure on corporate
bottom lines; the exploding cost, complexity and pace of innovation; and
the escalating demand for better, faster, and cheaper technologies.
by the vision and leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York
represents Exhibit A of a new way of thinking; a true 21st century model
for technology, workforce and economic development. The Governor’s
strategy, which utilizes publicly led industry-university partnerships,
is being deployed to build the modern-day equivalent of the Erie Canal: a
vibrant high-tech corridor that allows companies to accelerate
innovation at a reduced cost through a unique “burden-sharing” model,
while also preparing the next generation of highly trained scientists,
researchers, and engineers demanded by industry.
of the Global 450mm Wafer Consortium (G450C) at the College of
Nanoscale Science and Engineering is proof positive that this is the
right strategy at the right time. It’s led Intel, IBM, Samsung, TSMC and
GLOBALFOUNDRIES to decide that New York is the world’s best location to
develop the next generation of computer chips. G450C will generate
thousands of highly paid jobs and billions of dollars in private
investment in the Empire State, but just as importantly, it demonstrates
the model through which the United States can recapture its identity as
the world’s leader in high-tech innovation.
The intellectual and
research power that drew G450C to CNSE is being leveraged to enable a
technological superhighway across the state: in the Hudson Valley,
growing green energy jobs at Ceres Technologies; in Utica, building IT
jobs at SUNYIT; in Syracuse, anchoring and growing defense jobs at
Lockheed Martin; in Rochester, where CNSE’s STC Center is driving
opportunities in green energy and defense; and in Buffalo, through a
developing nanobiomedical and pharmaceutical cluster.
New York is supporting this growth by cultivating the world-class
workforce demanded by industry. CNSE students are being educated and
trained on equipment available nowhere else in the world, while
educational outreach programs engage thousands more each year, from K-12
students to former manufacturing workers being retrained for the
Excelsior, or “Ever Upward,” is New York’s official motto.
Courtesy of Governor Andrew Cuomo, that is also its strategy for
innovation-driven high-tech growth.