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May 12, 2006

UAlbany's CNSE Ranked #1 In Country For Nanotechnology And Microtechnology

By: by Steve Janack, Director of Communications, Albany NanoTech

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 Governor George E. Pataki today announced that the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at the State University of New York University at Albany (UAlbany) - - the first college in the world devoted exclusively to the research, development and deployment of innovative nanoscience, nanoengineering and nanoeconomics concepts - - has been ranked first in the nation by Small Times magazine as the leading college for nanotechnology and microtechnology. Small Times magazine, a leading global trade publication covering nanotechnology and microtechnology industries, published the results this week in its annual University Rankings.

 “We created the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering to serve as a world-class resource for nanotechnology research and education, and help place New York on the cutting-edge of the most important science and engineering disciplines of the 21st century,” Governor Pataki said. “The UAlbany Nanocollege being ranked number one above some of the nation’s most prestigious universities, is further proof that we are realizing our goal of making New York’s Tech Valley the premier destination where the revolutionary technologies of the 21st century are created, and lead to the creation of new jobs and opportunities for all New Yorkers.”

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) was ranked first overall among all colleges and universities in the United States, as well as number one in the areas of education, facilities and industrial outreach, receiving the highest five-star rankings in each category from Small Times.

Governor Pataki called for the creation of the world’s first college devoted to nanotechnology in his January 2004 State of the State address. The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s (CNSE), inaugural class was admitted in September of that year, and there are currently more than 125 students enrolled in graduate-level study in nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics for Fall 2006.

Small Times magazine sent surveys to more than 100 research institutions across the country, asking about facilities, funding, courses, degrees, research programs, industrial partnerships and more.

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) ranking as number one in the nation placed the nanocollege ahead of a number of prominent colleges and universities including Cornell University, the University of Michigan, Rice University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina, Ohio State University, Northwestern University and the University of Minnesota.

In the education category, CNSE ranked first, followed by the University of Michigan, Louisiana Tech University, University of California at Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania. In the facilities category, CNSE ranked higher than Cornell University, Ohio State University, the University of North Carolina and Northwestern University. In addition, CNSE was first in the industrial outreach category, followed by the University of Minnesota, Purdue University, North Carolina and Rutgers University.

State University of New York Chancellor John R. Ryan said, “I am proud to see the University at Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering recognized as the nation’s premier higher education institution for micro and nanotechnology. It is clear that the strategic investments made by Governor Pataki and our legislative leaders are elevating SUNY to a global leader in science and technology, creating opportunities that will benefit our students both today and tomorrow in the form of top-notch education and training and the ability to build high-tech careers in New York.”

State University of New York University at Albany President Dr. Kermit Hall said, “In the increasingly competitive world of higher education, the ranking of UAlbany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering as the nation’s best college for micro and nanotechnology is great testimony to the scholarly excellence and world-class intellect of our faculty and researchers.  This recognition places us into a highly competitive position in attracting faculty and students of the highest quality. It also represents another example of the leadership of Governor Pataki and our legislature in creating and supporting a critical resource that has helped transform New York into a global leader in the world of high tech.”

Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros said, “The recognition of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering as the nation’s top university for nanotechnology after just two years in existence is a credit to the vision, leadership and support of Governor Pataki, Speaker Silver, Senate Majority Leader Bruno, Chancellor Ryan and President Hall. The innovative research programs and pioneering educational opportunities offered by CNSE have truly elevated New York to a world leader in the critical scientific disciplines needed for technological and economic competitiveness in the 21st century and at the same time has attracted significant investment, high-tech companies, and intellectual talent to New York.” 

In its analysis of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the State University of New York University at Albany, the magazine said, “With the state’s blessing and strong support from industry, the young college has solidified its reputation as an applications-driven institution, particularly in the field of nanoelectronics.”

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the State University of New York University at Albany is the first college in the world devoted exclusively to the research, development and deployment of innovative nanoscience, nanoengineering and nanoeconomics concepts.  The CNSE is home to the Albany Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics (NYSCEN), a $3 billion450,000 square foot complex, which includes 200mm/300mm wafer facilities and nanoelectronics, system-on-a-chip technologies, biochips, optoelectronics and photonics devices, closed-loop sensors for monitoring, detection, and protection, and ultra-high-speed communication components.  

With over 65,000 square feet of Class 1 capable 300 mm wafer cleanrooms, as well as on-site faculty and student researchers, CNSE provides corporate partners with a unique environment to create, develop, and test new nanoscience and nanoengineering innovations within a technically aggressive and financially competitive research and development environment. 

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the State University of New York University at Albany partners with several resident partners including AMD, Applied Materials, ASML, Honeywell, IBM, Infineon, Micron Technologies, TEL, and SEMATECH. In addition, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering plays leadership roles in several R&D consortia including the MARCO Interconnect Focus Center funded by SIA, DARPA and the State of New York and the New York State Center for Advanced Interconnect Science and Technology, which is funded by SRC and New York State.