April 15, 2013
By: Tush Nikollaj
Source: Times Union
It's about time the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
spins off from the University at Albany and becomes its own standalone
UAlbany should be praised for doing what it does best — raise the next generation of leaders and then let them fly.
this case, it fostered nanotechnology research, which grew out of the
physics department, to become the world's first nanotechnology-focused
college. Now it's time to let it go off on its own.
It was the
brainchild of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, who recruited physicist Alain
Kaloyeros to join UAlbany almost 25 years ago after completing his
studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Kaloyeros
took that fledgling department from a small lab in the basement of the
physics building to CNSE's $14 billion Albany NanoTech complex.
is at the epicenter of change in New York. As the owner of multiple
companies, I have seen our region's business climate become the envy of
the rest of the state thanks to the rise of the NanoCollege. I'm proud
my IT business is based in what is fast becoming recognized as a key
player in the computer industry.
But the fact is, CNSE is bigger
than Albany. The NanoCollege already competes with elite schools such as
MIT, Harvard and Stanford for the best and brightest students. And it
So the logical next step is to leverage that brand
across New York state. Business leaders understand this. You either make
moves to grow or stand still and become stagnant. So far, leaders from
government, SUNY and UAlbany have wisely helped Kaloyeros and his team
make critical moves to expand the CNSE brand. It's a move ultimately to
raise New York's profile nationally and internationally.
year, the first of my children left home to attend college. My daughter
Evitza is a freshman at the University of Albany, majoring in the
sciences. Her mother and I are proud of her, having raised her, mentored
her and guided her to adulthood. Now it's time for her to fly and test
UAlbany should also take pride. It has laid the groundwork for the NanoCollege to stand on its own — and fly.
Tush Nikollaj is president and CEO of Logical Net Corp. in Schenectady.