October 02, 2006

New York Rises To Third Highest In The Nation In Number Of Nanotech-Related Companies

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


Albany, NY – New York State ranks third in the nation – up from fifth a year ago – in the number of micro- and nanotech-related companies, according to a just-released report in Small Times, the world’s leading trade publication covering the nanotechnology and microtechnology industries.

New York surpassed New Mexico and Michigan in its move up in the rankings, fueled by the groundbreaking strategy, pioneering vision, and critical investments of New York’s elected officials, namely Governor George E. Pataki and New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and an unparalleled industry-university collaboration, as typified by the University at Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (“CNSE”). California and Massachusetts finished first and second, respectively, in the report published in the September/October 2006 edition of Small Times.

In its assessment of New York, Small Times said, in part, “The Albany area is pushing nanoeconomic development aggressively. Look for the upstate region to evolve into a denser cluster as startups and service providers follow the recently-announced AMD chip fab into the region.”

There has been more than $2.5 billion in private industry investment – in addition to over $600 million in state government investment – at the UAlbany NanoCollege since 2001, the same year CNSE’s Albany NanoTech complex was designated as New York State’s Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology. During that period, on-site employment has grown from 100 to 1,350, supported by more than 250 global corporate partners, including many of the world’s leading nanoelectronics companies, such as: IBM, AMD, Qimonda, Micron, SEMATECH, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML, Ebara, SONY, Toshiba and Honeywell, among many others.

“The pioneering strategy of New York’s elected officials, as led by Governor Pataki and Assembly Speaker Silver, has been the driving force behind New York State’s rapid ascension and recognition as a global leader in nanotechnology, which is attracting significant investment, leading global companies, high-paying high-tech jobs and talented people to New York,” said Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of CNSE. “At the same time, the innovative research programs and next-generation educational opportunities offered by the UAlbany NanoCollege have truly elevated the State to an educational world leader in the critical scientific disciplines needed for technological and economic competitiveness in the 21st century.”

The ranking comes on the heels of CNSE’s recognition as the nation’s number one college for nanotechnology and microtechnology by Small Times in May. CNSE was rated 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.

About CNSE. The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the University at Albany-State University of New York is the first college in the world devoted exclusively to the research, development and deployment of innovative nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience and nanoeconomics concepts, and in May 2006, it was ranked by Small Times magazine as the nation’s number one college for nanotechnology and microtechnology. CNSE’s Albany NanoTech complex is the most advanced research facility of its kind at any university in the world: a $3 billion, 450,000-square-foot complex that attracts corporate partners from around the world and offers students a one-of-a-kind academic experience, and it is growing. The UAlbany Nanocollege is also home to the New York State Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics.  The CNSE complex, financed through more than $500 million in governmental support and over $2.5 billion in corporate investments, houses the only pilot prototyping facilities in the academic world for the two standard sizes in computer chip design, the 200-millimeter (or 8-inch) wafer, and the 300-millimeter (or 12-inch) wafer.CNSE has more than 150 U.S. and worldwide partners, including some of the world’s largest semiconductor and semiconductor-related tool manufacturing companies.  For more information, visit the CNSE Web site at