November 03, 2012

Record crowd of more than 1,500 people explore nanotechnology during CNSE Community Day at UAlbany NanoCollege

By: Steve Janack, CNSE Vice President for Marketing and Communications

Source: College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering

Signature event marks kickoff of CNSE’s fifth annual celebration of ‘NANOvember’

Albany, NY – Demonstrating unparalleled enthusiasm for New York’s nanotechnology industry as it rises to global prominence under the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo, a record crowd of more than 1,500 people participated today in Community Day at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany, receiving a firsthand look at the science that is revolutionizing nearly every facet of society, from ultra-fast electronics, green energy and a cleaner environment to improved health care and advanced military and homeland security technologies.

“The record turnout at CNSE’s Community Day is emblematic of the ‘new New York’ that is a product of the vision, leadership and investment of Governor Andrew Cuomo in establishing the Empire State as the clear leader in the global nanotechnology industry,” said Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of CNSE. “We are delighted that so many people, from children to parents and grandparents, were on hand to see the exciting world of nanoscale science and engineering, and to view firsthand the educational and career opportunities that the Governor’s innovation-driven economic model are delivering to all New Yorkers.”

Community Day featured tours of CNSE’s world-class cleanroom facilities; cleanroom gowning demonstrations; timely presentations, displays and booths showcasing nanotechnology education, research and career opportunities; and a host of hands-on activities for children and families.

The event is one of the highlights of CNSE’s unmatched community and educational outreach initiative known as “NANOvember” – now celebrating its fifth anniversary – which is designed to demonstrate the power of nanotechnology and the recognized global leadership of CNSE and New York State.

The schedule for NANOvember includes a Nano Job Fair on Wednesday, November 7 to recruit candidates for more than 300 current and future openings at CNSE; a Nano Discovery Program on Saturday, November 10 that builds on CNSE’s partnership with Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region to support nanotechnology education and workforce training for communities typically underrepresented in science and engineering; a Cleantech Entrepreneur Roundtable hosted by CNSE’s Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center (E2TAC) on Friday, November 16; and “The Smart Phone Revolution & 2012 NanoText Competition” on Saturday, November 17 that traces the evolution of smartphones, presents the Capital Region’s first-ever speed-texting competition, and collects used cell phones for Equinox’s Domestic Violence Program.

Additionally, the CNSE Community Lecture Series returns on four consecutive Monday nights beginning November 5, with presentations highlighting the impact of nanotechnology in combating aging and improving military technologies, updating the progress of the Global 450 Wafer Consortium (G450C) headquartered at CNSE, and further discussing the global leadership of CNSE and New York State in the science that is “leading to the next Industrial Revolution.”

A complete list of events and activities planned during NANOvember, along with pre-registration, is available at


About CNSE. The UAlbany CNSE is the first college in the world dedicated to education, research, development and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience and nanoeconomics. With more than $14 billion in high-tech investments, CNSE represents the world’s most advanced university-driven research enterprise, offering students a one-of-a-kind academic experience and providing over 300 corporate partners with access to an unmatched ecosystem for leading-edge R&D and commercialization of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology innovations. CNSE’s footprint spans upstate New York, including its Albany NanoTech Complex, an 800,000-square-foot megaplex with the only fully-integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration line within 85,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms. More than 2,700 scientists, researchers, engineers, students and faculty work here, from companies including IBM, Intel, GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH, Samsung, TSMC, Toshiba, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML and Lam Research. An expansion now underway, part of which will house the world’s first Global 450mm Consortium, will add nearly 500,000 square feet of next-generation infrastructure, an additional 50,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms, and more than 1,000 scientists, researchers and engineers from CNSE and global corporations. In addition, CNSE’s Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon provides a prototyping and demonstration line for next-generation CIGS thin-film solar cells, supporting its leadership of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC). CNSE’s Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence (STC) in Rochester offers state-of-the-art capabilities for MEMS fabrication and packaging. CNSE also co-founded and manages operations at the Computer Chip Commercialization Center at SUNYIT in Utica and is a co-founder of the Nanotechnology Innovation and Commercialization Excelerator in Syracuse. For information, visit


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