December 14, 2009
Joint CNSE-EYP initiative also includes launch of Alternative
Energy Test Farm and development of the ‘NanoIDEA' workforce training
program with seed funding from NYSERDA
Albany, NY - The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering ("CNSE")
of the University at Albany and Einhorn Yaffee Prescott ("EYP")
Architecture and Engineering PC of Albany today held a ribbon-cutting
ceremony to welcome the EYP/energy group to CNSE's Albany NanoTech
Complex, part of a $3.5 million initiative that includes the opening of
an Alternative Energy Test Farm and the development of a joint
educational and workforce training program to prepare the professionals
who will design and operate the high-tech buildings of the 21st
More than 20 EYP/energy executives, managers, architects, designers and engineers arenow located at the UAlbany NanoCollege, with collaborations underway on
a variety of initiatives that utilize nanoscale technologies to support
energy efficient and environmentally friendly building design and
operation. The number is projected to exceed 35 EYP/energy employees as
green energy programs expand over the next two years.
Those efforts are enhanced by the opening of a leading-edge Alternative
Energy Test Farm, which provides for the evaluation of zero energy
concepts based on the development and testing of nanomaterials and
nanoelectronics for clean energy technologies such as fuel cells, solar
photovoltaic cells, ultracapacitors and power electronics.
In addition, the New York State Energy Research and Development
Authority ("NYSERDA") announced seed funding will be available to help
establish a joint CNSE-EYP initiative called "NanoIDEA," or
"Nanotechnology Instruction for Design, Engineering and Architecture,"
which will include educational and workforce training programs designed
to prepare building designers, architects and operators to utilize
nanoscale-enabled sensors, controls and other innovations for the
construction and operation of high-tech facilities.
The growing collaboration is part of the $3.5 million National
Institute for Sustainable Energy ("NISE"), a joint CNSE-EYP world-class
center for zero energy and sustainability research and development,
business advancement, commercialization and workforce training that
serves as both a catalyst for energy technology innovations and as a
magnet for the attraction of clean energy businesses and industries to
the Capital Region and New York State.
EYP President and CEO Tom Birdsey said, "We are excited to launch EYP/energy's new location at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering's world-class Albany NanoTech Complex, which will enable us to tap into unparalleled intellectual and technological resources to accelerate the integration of nanoscale technologies into building design and operation. This collaboration will support innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities, a hallmark of EYP's expertise driven design practice, combined with unmatched opportunities to train the high-tech building designers, engineers and operators of the 21st century."
Francis J. Murray, President and CEO of NYSERDA, said,"The ‘NanoIDEA' program will play an important role among the initiatives that are helping to ensure that New York's green collar workforce will be prepared to support a world class alternative energy sector. This partnership between EYP and CNSE offers a superb combination of industrial expertise and academic know-how. The collaboration they are announcing today will help develop and deploy clean and renewable energy technologies and help build the clean energy future Governor Paterson has envisioned for New York State."
U.S. Representative Paul Tonko said, "The critical national need to
increase our use of clean and renewable energy technologies while
reducing our dependence on fossil fuels will be enhanced by this
pioneering collaboration between EYP and CNSE through the National
Institute for Sustainable Energy. This is a great demonstration of New
York's ability to play a leadership role in fostering essential
nanotechnology innovations, and illustrates the unique public-private
partnership model that we must build on to support national
competitiveness and security."
Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari said, "I congratulate EYP on
its vision and foresight in locating its EYP/energy group at the
College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. This partnership further
demonstrates the far-reaching impact of New York's rapidly expanding
nanotechnology sector, which continues to create high-tech jobs
throughout a variety of industries while also addressing the most
critical issues of our generation, such as the need for clean and
renewable energy technologies."
Assemblyman Jack McEneny said, "What is particularly exciting about
this collaboration between EYP and the NanoCollege is that it will
further advance clean energy technologies while also training an
important segment of our future workforce, providing additional
opportunities for high-tech jobs for New Yorkers."
CNSE Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Alain E.
Kaloyeros said, "The UAlbany NanoCollege is delighted to welcome
EYP/energy to CNSE's Albany NanoTech
Complex, where it will build on EYP's recognized global leadership in
the design and operation of energy efficient and green high-tech
facilities. The innovative research and pioneering ‘NanoIDEA' program
that this partnership will enable through the National Institute for
Sustainable Energy will serve to accelerate the deployment of renewable
and sustainable energy technologies, while further establishing the
Capital Region and New York State as sought-after locations for the
clean energy industry."
Dr. Pradeep Haldar, Professor and Director of CNSE's Energy and
Environmental Technology Applications Center ("E2TAC"), said, "I look
forward to working with the top-flight team at EYP/energy to further
the development of alternative energy technologies that are of vital
importance to our nation's energy and economic future. By incorporating
nanotechnology know-how into the design and operation of high-tech
buildings, CNSE and EYP are further building a strong alternative
energy sector in New York, which already numbers more than 200
companies and is growing quickly."
The offices of EYP/energy, as well as the Alternative Energy Test Farm,
are located within CNSE's 250,000-square-foot NanoFab East building,
which opened in March 2009 as part of a $150 million expansion at
CNSE's $5 billion Albany NanoTech Complex.
About EYP. Founded in 1972, EYP is a 300-person
multi-disciplinary architecture, engineering and interior design firm
with offices in Albany, NY; Boston, MA; New York, NY; Orlando, FL and
Washington, DC. Consistently EYP is ranked among the 25 largest A/E
firms in the nation by Building Design and Construction Magazine and in
2006 was the 4th largest provider of services to higher education
clients. With over 60 LEED Accredited Professionals, EYP provides
sustainable design services to Education and Federal Government clients
and has many LEED Certified projects. As a leader in promoting energy
efficiency in buildings that result in considerable short and long-term
cost benefits, EYP has provided related services to a broad range of
clients including: the New York State Energy Research Development
Authority (NYSERDA), United States Coast Guard, New York Power
Authority, U.S. Department of State, National Park Service, United
States Department of Navy, numerous colleges and universities and
others in the industrial, institutional, commercial, government and
About CNSE. The UAlbany 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. CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex is the most advanced
research enterprise of its kind at any university in the world. With
over $5 billion in high-tech investments, the 800,000-square-foot
complex attracts corporate partners from around the world and offers
students a one-of-a-kind academic experience. The UAlbany NanoCollege
houses the only fully-integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilot
prototyping and demonstration line within 80,000 square feet of Class 1
capable cleanrooms. More than 2,500 scientists, researchers, engineers,
students, and faculty work on site at CNSE's Albany NanoTech, from
companies including IBM, AMD, GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH, Toshiba,
Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML, Novellus Systems, Vistec
Lithography and Atotech. For more information, visit cnse.albany.edu.
EYP Contact Kelly Donahue, EYP Manager of Corporate Communications
(phone) 518-431-3304 (cell) 518-368-1906
CNSE Contact Steve Janack, CNSE Vice President for Marketing and Communications
(phone) 518-956-7322 (cell) 518-312-5009