SUNY Polytechnic unveils new ‘Bridge to Nano’ program

Posted 2/22/19

TOWN OF MARCY — SUNY Polytechnic Institute will be unveiling a new “Bridge to Nano” program this fall, designed so that new students can enjoy the lush, collegiate experience of their Marcy …

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TOWN OF MARCY — SUNY Polytechnic Institute will be unveiling a new “Bridge to Nano” program this fall, designed so that new students can enjoy the lush, collegiate experience of their Marcy campus before transferring to their “world-class” nanotechnology centers in Albany.

“The general feel here is that it’s full speed ahead for SUNY Poly as the institution continues to offer excellent academic opportunities for students for a great value at both the Albany and Utica campuses,” said Steve Firence, director of university communications.

“SUNY Poly has a lot to look forward to in 2019.”

The new “Bridge to Nano” program will be a four-year college plan wherein the first two years will be spent at the more collegiate campus in Marcy, where new students will have access to more than 40 clubs and organizations, 12 intercollegiate athletic teams and a wide variety of intramural activities. They will also live in the more picturesque Marcy campus.

The second two years will then be spent at the more technologically-focused Albany campus, with access to more hands-on learning through industry partnerships and internships. This is all leading to a bachelor’s degree in either Nanoscale Science or Nanoscale Engineering.

Formerly the SUNY Institute of Technology, the university was founded in 1966 as a technology and engineering-focused academy. The Institute started as a graduate and upper-division transfer school before transitioning into a 4-year university in 2003.

The Institute then became SUNY Poly with the 2014 merger with the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, which had been a part of the University of Albany.

SUNY Poly now offers coursework in six colleges across the two campuses: Arts and Sciences, Business Management, Engineering, Health Sciences, Nanoscale Sciences, and Nanoscale Engineering and Technology Innovation.

SUNY Poly boasts more than 3,000 students students and a 17:1 ratio of students to faculty. They also host international students from 15 different countries. Ference said they currently have the most students enrolled at SUNY Poly since 1982.

According to Ference, they were recently ranked No. 18 out of 141 of the Best Colleges in the Regional Universities North category for U.S. News & World Report.

Along with the Bridge to Nano program, Ference said SUNY Poly is partnering with Mohawk Valley Community College to help with the seamless transfer via three course agreements in general studies, international studies or humanities and social sciences. Students with associate degrees in these programs can transfer to higher tier educational programs at SUNY Poly in civil engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, biology and community and behavioral health.

SUNY Poly is also partnering with Rome Memorial Hospital to help their approximately 150 nurses to advance their educations, officials said.

The school will be offering a fully online registered nurse to bachelors in nursing program. There will be a hybrid family nurse practitioner program, where students take both online courses and attend classes on campus for skill checks and instructor meetings.

SUNY Poly offers a nurse educator program that Ference said was recently ranked in the top 10 for nursing education across the country. A fully online transformational leadership program started accepting admissions in January.

All staff from Rome Memorial Hospital involved in SUNY Poly nursing programs have the option for deferred tuition until they successfully complete their classes, he added.

“We anticipate making a number of announcements shortly, related to SUNY Poly’s expert faculty who are receiving/expected to receive grants in a number of areas, in addition to research that is being published in prestigious publications in 2019,” Ference stated.

“SUNY Poly continues to advance leading-edge research in a wide array of areas.”

SUNY Poly is engaging with partners such as the Air Force Research Laboratory and Griffiss Institute to support joint research projects as they continue to find ways to enable innovative opportunities for the future, officials said. SUNY Poly was also instrumental in organizing and hosting a workshop that brought together leading scientists, engineers, industry executives and policymakers to develop a comprehensive strategy for interdisciplinary collaboration in quantum information science research, innovation and workforce development. 

The recently announced partnership with Applied Materials exemplifies SUNY Poly’s continuous growth as a high-tech innovation hub in the Capital region as well, Ference stated.

In the last few months, Interim President Dr. Grace Wang has gathered input from faculty, staff and students at both campuses as she shares insight into plans that are now underway to strengthen SUNY Poly through a greater focus on what the institution does best — offering innovative academic programs, conducting game-changing research and supporting economic engagement efforts, which leverage SUNY Poly’s capabilities and enable opportunities, officials stated.

Ference said this “Framework for a Sustainable Future” is a way faculty, staff, students and leaders can work together to set the vision for SUNY Poly long into the future, again, to make SUNY Poly as robust on all fronts as possible. While this effort is multifaceted, it will also provide a vision for expanding SUNY Poly as a premier research institution that will be more open to collaborative opportunities with campuses within SUNY, as well as with other leading institutions. 

This will also lead to a search for a permanent president, with the Framework being formulated through March, and implementation of the ideas and strategic vision taking place after that, Ference said.

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