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MBA Track in Nanotechnology
As a further expansion of the pioneering Nano+MBA program, CNSE and the School of Business of the University at Albany have developed the world's first MBA program to include an elective track in nanotechnology.
The nanotechnology elective track for UAlbany's Evening MBA program is designed to help meet the demand for business education from the growing number of scientists and researchers in the Capital Region and New York State - including many who have been attracted by the rapidly expanding nanotechnology-focused economy - while further building an interdisciplinary workforce that is critical for economic development and growth.
The program enhances the business opportunities emerging from nanoscale laboratory research - including accelerating the path to commercialization - while increasing the likelihood that existing businesses with high-growth prospects are able to reach their full potential. At the same time, business students participating in masters and doctoral classes at CNSE will have a unique opportunity to develop a real-world perspective that is essential to bringing scientific discovery to the marketplace.
MBA students enrolled in the nanotechnology elective track undertake a 12-credit program consisting of two three-credit electives offered by CNSE that focus on nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience or nanoeconomics, and a research experience from both CNSE and the School of Business that would total an additional six research credits. Courses in the Nanotechnology Elective Track CNSE 555 Principles of Technical Project Management (3)
Planning, budgeting, identification of risks and risk mitigation approaches, resource allocation, review of milestones and schedules, evaluating projects to measure success. Responsibilities of managers for problem solving, motivating and managing creative technical staff in project and matrix organizations. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. CNSE 560 Materials Processing Economics (3)
Comparison and projection of yield, manufacturing output, labor and equipment expenses to calculate and estimate costs relative to performance enhancements for materials processing by alternate approaches. Identification of equipment, facilities and overheads based on specific manufacturing methods. Tools to estimate the economics of process. Address the effect of overall system costs and its benefits. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. CNSE 563 Academia, Business, and Government: Opportunities and Challenges in Science and Technology Partnerships (3)
Science and technology advancements are powerful transformers of society. Government influences the outcomes of science, and in turn, science influences the actions of government, business and academia. Weekly seminar classes will help prepare graduate students to understand and learn the dynamics of developing and managing science and technology policies from individual and combined business, government, and academia perspectives which will help students examine and discuss practical applications, including public-private collaborative efforts in funding research, development, and technology deployment. CNSE 565 Managing the Adoption of Technological Innovation (3)
A review of alternative models for commercializing technology such as limited exclusive teaming, strategic alliances, and arms length product development within the context of nanoscience-based technologies and the distributed economy. Main issues driving the creation and operation of strategic alliances will be identified as the foundation for understanding the commercialization process for nanoscience-based technologies. 698 Research:
The combined 698 research project course is jointly supervised by faculty members from the School of Business and CNSE. Students must register for BUS 698 AND CNSE 698 for a total of 6 credits of research. (For the MBA student, CNSE 698 counts as an additional elective, but is a required component of the nanotechnology elective track.) The course is conducted in the spring semester and students will present their research as part of the School of Business Research Forum. The 698 courses is graded on an S/U basis.