10/3/2011 9:26:00 AM
Times Union: Nano's seeds planted long ago
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ALBANY -- Billions of dollars invested in research and hundreds of new jobs, so who gets bragging rights for last week's announcement of a major expansion at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering? There are plenty to go around.
"Success has many fathers. I think a founding father of this success happened to be my father," Gov. Andrew Cuomo told the Times Union by phone.
Two programs initiated by Gov. Mario M. Cuomo helped lay the first foundations of CNSE, according to Vincent Tese, who served as his top economic development aide. First was the Graduate Research Initiative, which paid higher salaries to lure top university faculty to SUNY campuses. One was a young physicist named Alain Kaloyeros, hired by the University at Albany in 1988.