October 27, 2006

Nanotech, Albany High To Team Up On Nano Research Programs

By: by Joel Stashenko, The Business Review


AlbanyHigh School's best math and science students will get the chance to study nanotechnology at the University at Albany's Collegeof Nanoscale Scienceand Engineering.

Albanyschools Superintendent Eva Joseph called it a "unique" program.

"I am proud, excited, thrilled," Joseph said at an announcement Monday at the college.

Alain Kaloyeros, chief administrative officer of the nanotechnology school, said he hopes the program will spark an interest in math and science among more Albany High students. Ultimately, he said, the region's high-tech work force will benefit from the collaboration.

UAlbany is donating $100,000 for scholarships and internships for the first year of the program. The college will also provide another $400,000 to cover the cost of students' research activities at the Albany NanoTech complex.

Kaloyeros said up to 50 students might participate the first year. He said he would like the students working on research projects in various parts of the NanoTech complex.

Many of the details of the program have yet to be worked out.

UAlbany Provost Susan Herbst said "NanoHigh" would give participating students a "strategic advantage" over other students going into nanotechnology-related fields who do not have the advantage of a hands-on learning experience.

The college has been trying to incorporate more Albany community events in its programming. Last spring, it hosted alternative classes for students who were removed from Albany High because of poor attendance records and other misbehavior.