July 30, 2013

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker visits SUNY’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering to see firsthand the success of New York’s nanotechnology industry

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     Calls NYS-CNSE-SEMATECH ecosystem a model for national economic and
high-tech job growth


Albany, NY — Further illustrating the success of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s strategic blueprint for nanotechnology-enabled innovation and high-tech job growth across New York, as well as its recognition as a national and global model for economic competitiveness, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) hosted U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on Tuesday, July 30 as part of her “Listening Tour” across America.

"You realize today what’s being developed here is the ability to manufacture wafers and semi-conductor capacity that can increase our computing power and bring costs down in a way that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world," said Secretary Pritzker. "It requires the kind of partnership between the university and private sector, federal government, and state government to make this happen. It’s not possible without all those parties coming together. So this is something that’s really extraordinary."

The event included a roundtable discussion with Lt. Governor Robert Duffy and executives from CNSE’s corporate partners; a briefing on the New York State-CNSE-SEMATECH nanotechnology ecosystem; and a tour of CNSE’s world-class Albany NanoTech Complex.

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About CNSE. 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’s Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon provides a prototyping and demonstration line for next-generation CIGS thin-film solar cells, supporting its 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 at SUNYIT in Utica. For information, visit www.cnse.albany.edu.

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Steve Janack, CNSE Vice President for Marketing and Communications
(518) 956-7322 | sjanack@albany.edu