Nicholas Fahrenkopf

Pursuing Nanoscale Dreams in a Big Way

Nicholas Fahrenkopf
describes his experience at UAlbany by way of a question:

"How many college students get the chance to design microscale devices, actually fabricate them in a state-of-the-art clean room, and then use these devices to perform experiments on real life cancer cells?"

The answer, of course, is "very few." But that is just one of the opportunities Nick found at UAlbany on the way to earning his bachelor's degree in physics in May 2008.

Nick always knew he wanted to come to UAlbany – it was the only school the Castleton native applied to. Four years later, his admission into the Ph.D. program of UAlbany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), brought another dream within reach. CNSE is ranked as the No. 1 college for nanotechnology in the world, according to Small Times magazine.

"Nick is a highly-involved student who was constantly part of exciting initiatives in my laboratory and on the main campus," said Nathaniel Cady, assistant professor of nanobioscience. "I sometimes had trouble keeping up with Nick's fast pace."

When not at work in Cady's lab or in class, Nick was often found in the thick of organizing student activities, as a student assistant in the Division of Student Success. "I truly want to make UAlbany better for the students who follow me," he explained.

"Nick is smart, hard-working, and has a positive attitude. Nothing can stand in his way," said Christine Bouchard, vice president for student success.

Read Nick's senior memoir.


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