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December 20, 2011

More than 5,000 students and 50,000 community members visit UAlbany NanoCollege for outreach activities during 2011

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Participation in growing complement of CNSE educational and public outreach programs and initiatives rises 30 percent from 2010

Albany, NY – More than 50,000 members of the community, including over 5,000 elementary, middle and high school students, participated in educational and public outreach events, programs and activities at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany during 2011, an increase of more than 30 percent over last year.

Throughout the year, more than 10,000 students from across New York state interacted with the UAlbany NanoCollege, including educational programs, workshops, seminars and conferences conducted by CNSE faculty, students and staff at off-site locations such as schools and museums throughout the Capital Region and upstate New York.

In addition, CNSE’s growing complement of educational and community outreach initiatives engaged a diverse group of partners and stakeholders from the education, technology, business, government, community and non-profit sectors – part of a focused and strategic effort to highlight the growing impact of nanotechnology on society and the global leadership of CNSE and New York in nanoscale education, innovation, and economic opportunity and growth.

“Spearheaded by an ever-expanding platform of vibrant and engaging programs and initiatives that serve students, families, and the community at large, the UAlbany NanoCollege reinforced and strengthened its recognized commitment to educational and community outreach during 2011,” said Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of CNSE. “These activities play a critical role in developing the highly skilled workforce and specialized technological and business environment that are essential to fueling nanotechnology-enabled economic development for the benefit of all New Yorkers.”

Highlights of CNSE’s educational outreach initiatives included development of a partnership with Girls Inc. to establish New York’s only Girls Inc. Eureka!® program – and the nation’s first in nanotechnology – as well as the first-ever Girls' Nano Summit; a collaboration with the Girl Scouts to develop and award the nation’s first Girl Scout patch for nanotechnology; the popular NanoCareer Day program, which served more than 40 schools and 1,200 students; graduation of 19 Albany High School students from the groundbreaking “NanoHigh” program, which brings to nearly 80 the number of graduates since the program was implemented four years ago; the inaugural “Nanotechnology and Nature” program presented by CNSE at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Discovery Center; participation by 30 Newburgh Enlarged City School District students in the Institute of Nanoscale Technology and Youth (INTY) Summer Residence program serving at-risk students; and sponsorship and participation in the 13th Annual STEP Statewide Student Conference in Albany, “NanoDays” and “NanoCamp” with The Children’s Museum of Science and Technology, and the Tech Valley Summer Camp.

CNSE’s community outreach initiatives were highlighted by record participation in “NANOvember” activities, including the largest-ever turnout of over 1,200 attendees at CNSE Community Day; a first-of-its-kind “NanoQuin” display at Crossgates Mall in Albany demonstrating how nanotechnology has become an integral part of everyday life; a “Nano in the Mall” program conducted as part of National NanoDays 2011; hosting of more than 100 business and community leaders from the Mohawk Valley, prompted by the growing partnership between CNSE and SUNYIT in Utica-Rome; presentation of the New York State Business Plan Competition involving 20 student-run teams from colleges and universities across the state; and an Earth Day cleanup of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve to promote environmental awareness.

For more information, the 2011 CNSE Outreach Report is available online at http://cnse.albany.edu/Outreach/CNSEOutreachReport.aspx.

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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. With more than $12 billon in high-tech investments, CNSE represents the world’s most advanced university-driven research enterprise, offering students a one-of-a-kind academic experience and providing over 300 corporate partners with access to an unmatched ecosystem for leading-edge R&D and commercialization of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology innovations. CNSE’s footprint spans upstate New York, including its Albany NanoTech Complex, an 800,000-square-foot megaplex with the only fully-integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration line within 85,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms. More than 2,600 scientists, researchers, engineers, students and faculty work here, from companies including IBM, Intel, GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH, Samsung, TSMC, Toshiba, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML and Novellus Systems. An expansion now underway, part of which will house the world’s first Global 450mm Consortium, will add nearly 500,000 square feet of next-generation infrastructure, an additional 50,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms, and more than 1,000 scientists, researchers and engineers from CNSE and global corporations. In addition, CNSE’s Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon provides a prototyping and demonstration line for next-generation CIGS thin-film solar cells. CNSE’s Smart Systems Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence (STC) in Rochester offers state-of-the-art capabilities for MEMS fabrication and packaging. CNSE also co-founded and manages operations at the Computer Chip Commercialization Center at SUNYIT in Utica and is a co-founder of the Nanotechnology Innovation and Commercialization Excelerator in Syracuse. For information, visit www.cnse.albany.edu.

CNSE Contact:
Steve Janack, CNSE Vice President for Marketing and Communications
(phone) 518-956-7322 (cell) 518-312-5009
(e-mail) sjanack@uamail.albany.edu