SUNY Polytechnic drives high-tech growth

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s strategy for a vibrant nanotechnology enabled economy is taking shape in the Mohawk Valley and throughout New York state.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute, with campuses in Marcy and Albany, is an enabling component of that strategy, and has been ranked tops in the nation in higher education research and development funding by businesses, beating Duke University, second, MIT, third, and Stanford, seventh, according to the National Science Foundation. The strength of SUNY Poly’s public-private partnership model along with key recent developments are paving the way for historic growth in the region. 

Nearly a year ago, the State University of New York Board of Trustees unanimously approved Chancellor Nancy Zimpher’s recommendation to merge the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany and the SUNY Institute of Technology in Marcy to form SUNY Polytechnic Institute. 

“This is so much more than a new name,” said Zimpher in announcing the formation of SUNY Poly last March. “It is a celebration of a new cutting-edge SUNY campus with statewide reach, and it has incredible relevance to New York state residents, students, researchers, and employers.”

SUNY Poly is creating a career-ready workforce for the knowledge economy of the 21st century, providing students with access to the integrated array of courses and academic and professional development opportunities offered at both campuses, while simultaneously attracting and retaining a growing number of globally recognized high-tech companies in the state.

In January, the SUNY Board appointed Alain Kaloyeros as the first president of SUNY Poly. He received his doctorate in experimental condensed matter physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987 and was recruited by former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo under the SUNY Graduate Research Initiative. Kaloyeros continues to be actively involved in developing and implementing New York’s high-tech strategy, under the direction of Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

“SUNY Polytechnic Institute is a revolutionary discovery and education model with two coequal campuses in Utica and Albany, and a key component of Governor Cuomo’s vision for high-tech innovation, job creation, and economic development in New York state,” said Kaloyeros when he was introduced as president of SUNY Poly. “I am privileged and humbled to be selected for the honor of leading this world-class institution and its talented and dedicated faculty, staff, and students.”

SUNY Poly’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering have generated more than $40 billion in private high-tech investment across upstate New York, including $1.5 billion as part of Cuomo’s “Nano Utica” initiative, which is attracting top-tier semiconductor-based corporations to the region. As part of this effort, construction continues on the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C), a shared-use, collocation facility on the Utica campus focused on device processing and packaging, IT, and supply chain support.

As a result of growing interest in the area’s high-tech sector and in SUNY Poly’s unique education/business model, Quad-C expansion is already under way. Originally scheduled to open in December, Quad-C will open this summer to accommodate new activities in addition to what has been already announced, demonstrating that the nanotechnology-driven economic development plan is working and attracting interest from around the world.

As New York’s second hub for high-tech education, research, development, and commercialization, SUNY Poly’s Marcy campus will continue its tradition of providing a first-class student experience, with increased potential for collaboration with SUNY Poly’s on-site corporate partners.

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