College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering

By the Numbers

  • Total enrollment: 126
  • Master's: 27
  • Doctoral: 98

College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering

Major Highlights

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, joined by Gov. David Paterson and Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito, announced the creation of a high-tech venture between the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) and SUNY Institute of Technology to establish the $250 million Computer Chip Hybrid Integration Partnership.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and Board of Trustees Chairman Carl Hayden joined CNSE Senior VP and CEO Alain Kaloyeros to announce that CNSE will establish the world's first comprehensive baccalaureate program in Nanoscale Science.

Gov. Paterson convened a roundtable discussion involving government, university, technology and business leaders at CNSE for his new high-tech initiative, “Bold Steps to the New Economy: A Jobs Plan for the People of New York.”

Assembly Speaker Silver and Gov. Paterson joined CNSE SVP and CEO Kaloyeros and IBM Senior VP and Director of Research Dr. John E. Kelly III at a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark a $150 million expansion at CNSE's Albany NanoTech.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, in partnership with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, secured $1 million in funding to further expand the CNSE-NIST New York Center for National Competitiveness in Nanoscale Characterization.

Complementing its world-class R&D center at CNSE, Vistec Lithography opened its global headquarters and manufacturing facility at the Watervliet Arsenal.

International SEMATECH announced partnerships to attract additional international companies to CNSE, including NEXX Systems, Metrosol, Tokyo Ohka Kogyo, Asahi Glass and Rudolph Technologies.

IBM and its joint development partners built the first working static random access memory (SRAM) cell for the 22nm technology node at CNSE's Albany NanoTech.

CNSE held Job Fairs that attracted hundreds of candidates for high-tech positions.

The College hosted three prestigious nanotechnology conferences that brought hundreds of leading faculty and scientists to CNSE.

CNSE and WMHT-TV launched “Report from the NanoDesk”on PBS' statewide “New York Now” program to highlight the growing impact of nanotechnology on society.

Community Highlights

More than 2,500 K-12 students participated in educational outreach programs at CNSE.

Eighteen Albany High School students completed the pioneering “NanoHigh” program, including the inaugural advanced nanoscience course.

Twenty-five middle-school students attended the first-ever Excelsior Scholars Nanoscale Science Summer Institute.

CNSE held the world's first celebration of “NANOvember,” showcasing nanotechnology and CNSE's global leadership.

Awards and Recognition

Professor Serge Oktyabrsky received the 2008 UAlbany Excellence in Research Award.

Professor Vincent LaBella was presented with a Nanotech Briefs Nano 50 Award.

CNSE graduate Dr. Bharat Avasarala was honored with the UAlbany President's Award for Leadership.


Professor Yubing Xie, $400,000, National Science Foundation (NSF), for nanoscale research and education focused on breast cancer.

Professors Nathaniel Cady and James Castracane and other faculty members of the nanobioscience constellation, $650,000, NSF, for a state-of-the-art microscope for use in nanobioscience research and education.

Professor Michael Carpenter,$300,000, U.S. Department of Energy to develop nanotechnology-enabled sensors that will advance clean energy technology and education.

CNSE was one of just 10 universities nationwide to receive an HP Innovations in Education grant to improve student interest and achievement in engineering, computer science, and information technology.

Major Gifts

Business leaders G. Thomas Selfridge and Mark Yang provided funding to support CNSE's new undergraduate program.

Dr. Helene Fulton Belz donated $100,000 to establish a new CNSE endowment.

Faculty and Staff Appointments

Scott Tenenbaum was appointed CNSE Associate Head of the Nanobioscience Constellation and Assistant Professor of Nanobioscience.

Richard Brilla was named CNSE Vice President for Strategy, Alliances and Consortia.