August 28, 2006
By: by Electronic News
New York State is fast on its way to becoming a center for nanotechnology, with employment at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) now exceeding 1,000 — a ten-fold increase in four years.
Based at the University of Albany, the CNSE has attracted many leading nanoelectronics companies to the area, the university said in a statement. There are now currently more than 1,350 scientists and researchers in the area from organizations including IBM, AMD, Qimonda, Micron, Sematech, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML, Sony, Toshiba and Honeywell.
Since 2001 — the same year CNSE’s Albany NanoTech complex was designated as New York State’s Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology — more than $600 million has been invested by New York State government in programs and initiatives at the University of Albany Nanocollege, which in turn has attracted over $2.5 billion in private investment, according to the University.
“The pioneering strategy of New York’s elected officials, as led by Governor Pataki and Assembly Speaker Silver, has been the driving force behind New York State’s rapid ascension and recognition as a global leader in nanotechnology, as well as the unprecedented growth and success of the UAlbany NanoCollege,” said Alain Kaloyeros, VP and chief administrative officer of CNSE. “The vision and support of the Governor and Speaker have led to both the creation of a world-class institution for education and research that is focused on the most important and enabling science of the 21st century, and the development of an economic magnet that is drawing talented people, high-paying high-tech jobs, leading global companies and significant investment to New York State.”
Employment is projected to reach 2,000 upon completion of CNSE’s newest building, NanoFab 300 East, which will provide additional state-of-the-art office, virtual classroom, conferencing, laboratory and business incubation space and serve as home to the Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery and Exploration, a $435 million initiative that focuses on cutting-edge nanotechnology research for future generations of transistor technologies.