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College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering

The life-enhancing research and modern vision of UAlbany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), ranked No. 1 in the world for nanotechnology, are setting the standard for the advancement of the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics.

Major Highlights

Gov. David A. Paterson and legislative leaders announced $1.64 billion in new investments by IBM and New York State, including more than $400 million at CNSE, accelerating New York's international leadership in nanotechnology research and development and creating up to 1,000 new high-tech jobs upstate.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced a landmark partnership between the National Institute of Standards and Technology, through its Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering for groundbreaking research in nanoscale measurement.

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory and CNSE signed an agreement creating the Center for National Nanotechnology Innovation & Commercialization, headquartered at CNSE's Albany NanoTech.

Semiconductor Research Corporation announced that CNSE will be headquarters for the New York Center for Advanced Interconnect Science and Technology, aimed at enabling smaller, faster and cheaper computer nanochips.

Congressman Michael McNulty secured $2 million to support the NanoSensor StageGate Accelerator collaboration between CNSE and the Arsenal Business and Technology Partnership.

CNSE announced a global collaboration with IMEC of Belgium to accelerate the introduction of extreme ultraviolet lithography into manufacturing.

German-based Atotech and CNSE launched a $5 million nanoelectronics R&D partnership focused on the development of copper deposition technologies.

CNSE was chosen to represent New York in the International Renewable Energy Technology Institute.

Research conducted at CNSE was featured in 30 papers at global SPIE conference.

CNSE student Erez Golan earned the world's first doctoral degree in nanoeconomics.

CNSE selected 25 undergraduates from the U.S., Canada and Mexico for its 2008 Summer Internship Program.

Community Outreach

The inaugural class graduated from Albany High School-CNSE "NanoHigh" program, the nation's first nanotechnology courses at a public high school.

CNSE hosted more than 2,000 K-12 students during 2007.

More than 1,000 residents attended CNSE's inaugural Community Day.

CNSE and Price Chopper developed the nation's first cereal box with nanotechnology information.

Awards and Recognition

The Children's Museum of Science and Technology selected CNSE Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Alain Kaloyeros for its "Explore Discover Imagine" Award.

Kaloyeros was named one of 'Tech Valley's Hot 10'.

Professor Hassaram Bakhru was honored with the Collins Fellow Award.

Professor Pradeep Haldar received the 2008 UAlbany Excellence in Research award.

Assistant Professor Nathaniel Cady received the Rising Star Award from the SUNY Research Foundation.

CNSE graduate Dr. Chaffra Awo-Affouda was selected for a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship at the Naval Research Laboratory.


National Grid, $250,000, to support gas/electric projects critical to CNSE's expansion.

The international law firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP, funding to prepare law students to address the complex legal issues related to the emerging field of nanotechnology.

Faculty and Staff Appointments

Dr. John F. Elter was appointed to head CNSE's Center for Sustainable Ecosystem Nanotechnologies.

Dr. Makoto Hirayama was named associate vice president for CNSE's new strategic and economic outreach initiative, Asian and Pacific Rim Strategic Alliances.

Renowned SEMATECH scientist Dr. Alain Diebold was named executive director of CNSE's Center for Nanoscale Metrology.