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ISMI moving its headquarters to UAlbany's CSNE

By Ashley Yakel
On October 20, 2010

   On October 12, Governor David A. Paterson excitedly announced that the International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative, Inc. (ISMI) will be relocating its headquarters and operations to the University at Albany's College of    

Nanoscale Science and Engineering ‘s (CNSE) Nanotech Complex beginning in January of 2011.

   "This is a major investment in our State's economy and ensures the long-term future of New York as an international leader in nanotechnology and nanoelectronics," Governor Paterson said in the announcement.

   ISMI was originally located in Austin, Texas and was founded in 1988. Its goals are to collaborate the world's leading nanoelectronics companies for innovative research, development, and commercialization for the many generations of companies to come.

   ISMI will partner with CNSE on advanced manufacturing technologies that are vital to the fabrication of multifunctional computer nanochips such as electronics and information technology that currently drive many aspects of our society today.

   UAlbany's CNSE is the first college in the world that is entirely dedicated to the  education, research, development, and deployment in the emerging areas of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. The school's NanoTech Complex is the most advanced research enterprise of its kind at any university in the world, so it only makes sense ISMI would call CNSE home.

   Due to the extensive construction that lies ahead, the facilities will take around 12 months to be completed. An estimated 14,000 square feet of current space will be updated at CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex introducing new tools, technologies, and technological processes for research and education. The renovations will include state-of-the-art infrastructure and tooling and the acquisition of leading-edge equipment for processing and prototyping activities.

   But what does this mean for the students and faculty members of Albany's CNSE? Stephen Janack, CNSE's Vice President for Marketing and Communications and Director of Communications Services, believes it will "present opportunities for students to do research and to be educated on the latest technologies."

This will in many cases mean opportunities for internships, fellowships and jobs. Faculty members will also have a great advantage to conduct advanced research and development because of this partnership.

   Specifically speaking, CNSE students will have access to advanced research and development opportunities with advanced education and prospects for internships, fellowships, and job opportunities with companies such as ISMI.

   For students who do not have a background in science, Janack describes it as a parent taking their child to the playground. It is obvious the parent would bring the child to the playground with the most to play on. This is the same type of idea here. The more facilities, tools and technologies CNSE gains, the more of a reason there is for companies to come and play.

   "This is really an opportunity for students to get a huge running start on their future," Janack said. "If these students are running a 100-yard dash against their competitors from all over the world, they are getting a 50 yard heard start,"

Not only will this move affect Albany CNSE students and faculty, but it also creates a huge advantage for the UAlbany student body as a whole.

   "As the facilities and resources continue to grow within the education program and partnerships with private industries continue to grow, there will be a ripple effect for opportunities on the main campus as well," Janack said. "We are doing many, many more collaborative type programs from partnerships with business students and some science departments, to theater and the art department as well."

   As CNSE continues to grow, it will not only open up opportunities for new partnerships with other areas on campus, but it will make the partnerships much more meaningful, and may even affect the state of New York in the long run.           

   Around 100 new high-tech jobs will be available which in turn creates an economic impact as well.

   Over the past decade, based on the growth and development of CNSE, UAlbany has certainly gained a reputation as a home for cutting edge research, and ISMI's partnership will only add to this.

    "The ISMI announcement sends out a message globally that UAlbany and CNSE is the place to be when it comes to nanotechnology." Janack said.


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