Schuler Chosen to Support CESTM's Future

Eugene K. Schuler

Eugene K. Schuler is busy on the phone these days. He's also busy on campus talking to University researchers creating a marketing brochure that reflects the campus's high technology strengths, and busy as well meeting with economic development agencies, major corporations and fledgling entrepreneurs. March 1997 may seem a good distance away, but not when your aim is to completely fill the incubator space of a $12 million research center with high-technology start-up firms by the time its doors open.

Since his appointment as director of the University's 75,000 square-foot Center for Technology Management (CESTM), Schuler has been active recruiting companies interested in the Center's 10,000 feet available for start-up companies in environmental and semiconductor research and development.

"We are pleased to welcome Gene Schuler," said Jeanne E. Gullahorn, Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, "because we are confident he will foster CESTM's success, particularly in its contribution to the University's research and economic development missions."

Schuler said he believes that "there will be several companies that will be very interested in collaboration with the University's researchers. Many, for instance, will want to work with CAT," he added, referring to the University's Center for Advanced Technology in Thin Films and Coatings, which joins Albany's Atmospheric Sciences Research Center and a National Weather Service forecast office as charter tenants.

"We will be looking to house anywhere from 10 to 20 companies in CESTM, nearly all of them doing work that is complementary to University research.

Schuler came to the University from SUNY at Stony Brook, where for three years he was associate vice president for research and campus director of technology transfer. Prior to that, from 1987-92, he was employed by the SUNY Research Foundation as director of technology transfer for the SUNY system.

At Stony Brook, Schuler was active in the management and policy development of its incubator center. At Albany he will fill that function and also coordinate the needs and capabilities of business, government and University research in their use of CESTM.

"This project is positive for the University in many ways," said Schuler. "It's positive because of its impact on research here, because of the impact it will have to benefit the state's position as a home for advanced technology, and for the impact it will have on the region's economy through job creation."

This is not the first time Schuler has been part of the Albany community, the last being in 1976-77 when he was project administrator for the Continuing Education Project in the School of Social Welfare. He received a Masters in Public Administration degree from the University in 1973, four years after getting his bachelor of arts at the University of Notre Dame.

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