Michael Fancher

Michael Fancher

Senior Research Associate
College of Nanotechnology, Science, and Engineering
Department of Nanoscale Science & Engineering


NanoFab East 4236

MA International Economics, University at Albany, SUNY, 1988
BS Accounting and Finance, Syracuse University, 1982

Michael Fancher

Professional Background
  • Certified Public Accountant, New York State
  • MA International Economics, University at Albany, SUNY, 1988
  • BS Accounting and Finance, Syracuse University, 1988
  • Deputy Budget Director (Project Development Finance), New York State Assembly Ways and Means Committee, 1988-1997
  • Accountant (Tax/Business Planning), Silverstein & Loftus, CPA, P.C., 1984-1986
  • Accountant, Jacob Schulman & Co., CPA, P.C., 1983-1984
  • Financial Planner (Personal & Corporate), IDS/American Express, 1982-1983

  • Governor's commendations for legislative achievement supporting business competitiveness and project development financing
  • Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce MIKE Award (Mentoring, Inspiring, Knowledge and Entrepreneurship) for contributions to local economic growth

Funding/Financing Experience
  • Economic outreach and business development supporting CNSE's and UAlbany's global educational, scientific, community and economic growth objectives
  • Project development financing and statutory authorization for industrial and university research, various public and private projects and regional innovation plans
  • Strategic business plan development including technology road mapping, outreach strategies and commercialization pathways.
  • Development of alternative technology partnership models and risk mitigation strategies for corporate and academic decision-making processes.

Project Development Achievements
  • Secured targeted and peer reviewed awards for centers, consortia, programs, projects, and initiatives through industry, university and government partnerships.
  • Implemented highly integrated statewide effort to attract advanced nanoelectronics R&D and manufacturing to state resulting in site selection by leading manufacturers.
  • Negotiated state economic development, higher education, transportation, housing, state procurement, regulatory reform, energy and environmental programs.
  • Designed economic development programs to assist strategic industries, strengthen regional infrastructure, and accelerate technology commercialization.