State University of New York ("SUNY") Chancellor Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher
today joined with SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman Carl Hayden, Assembly Majority
Leader Ron Canestrari, Assemblyman John J. McEneny, University at Albany Interim
President George Philip, College
of Nanoscale Science and Engineering ("CNSE") Senior Vice President
and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros and a host of state and local
elected officials, technology executives and business leaders in announcing
that CNSE will become the world's first college to offer a comprehensive baccalaureate
program in Nanoscale Science - launching a groundbreaking educational and research
curriculum that will uniquely prepare students for growing scientific opportunities
in the nanotechnology-enabled careers of the 21st century.
As part of the event, the UAlbany NanoCollege also announced a significant
donation by G. Thomas Selfridge, Owner and President of Albany Valve & Fitting
Company and a longstanding supporter of CNSE, as part of $10 million in private
funding and endowments that have already been secured to support undergraduate
student fellowships, scholarships, and awards under the degree program.
SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said, "I am delighted to congratulate
Dr. Kaloyeros and the University at Albany College of Nanoscale Science and
Engineering as it prepares to offer the world's first comprehensive undergraduate
degree program in nanoscale science. Interim President George Philip, the UAlbany
campus community and the SUNY System can take great pride in today's announcement.
Through this innovative and pioneering initiative, which builds on CNSE's globally
recognized model for nanoscale education and research excellence, the UAlbany
NanoCollege is showcasing the best of the SUNY system - groundbreaking education,
cutting-edge research and strong economic impact that have broad implications
to enable a brighter tomorrow for students, faculty, communities and New York
State as a whole."
SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman Hayden said, "SUNY's College of Nanoscale
Science and Engineering is a shining example of how higher education, through
unique partnerships with government and industry, can provide unprecedented
value in terms of groundbreaking education, innovative research and significant
economic impact. I congratulate Dr. Kaloyeros on the launch of still another
first-of-its-kind initiative that further positions SUNY as a global leader
in the knowledge-driven economy of the 21st century."
G. Thomas Selfridge said, "I am convinced that the future of the Capital
Region and New York State will be well served by the students who participate
in the unique and unparalleled nanoscale science program at the UAlbany NanoCollege.
I am very excited to bring the best and the brightest to the nanoscience arena
as early as possible, as it is critical that we find the ‘Edisons' among
us to capture the science advances we need for our future, and to spur economic
growth that will benefit our region and state."
Building on CNSE's pioneering graduate-level program - which was also a global
first when it commenced in September 2004 - the bachelor's degree in Nanoscale
Science represents the world's first such comprehensive baccalaureate curriculum,
with a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, and truly innovative instructional portfolio
centered on scholarly excellence that taps into CNSE's international academic
leadership in nanoscale science and engineering.
The undergraduate curriculum harnesses the unparalleled intellectual and technological
resources of CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex, which is the most advanced nanotechnology
research enterprise at any university in the world. With more than $5 billion
in public and private investments, and the participation of more than 2,500
scientists, researchers, engineers, faculty, and graduate students from leading
global corporations and top research universities, the UAlbany NanoCollege will
offer undergraduate students a world-class experience working with, and learning
from, the top innovative minds in the academic and industrial worlds.
State Senator Neil Breslin said, "Once again, the UAlbany NanoCollege
is raising the bar as it provides the tools for students to receive a world-class
education focused on the most important science of the 21st century. This is
a great testament to New York's global recognition as a leader in nanotechnology
education, research and development, and I congratulate CNSE on taking another
bold step forward that will mean new and exciting opportunities for all New
Albany County Executive Mike Breslin said, "The new undergraduate degree
program at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering provides another
critical building block as the Capital Region continues to build the world's
most advanced nanotechnology education, research and development capabilities
and to continue to attract related businesses. The presence of a highly educated
and trained workforce will serve as a key element in the attraction of new companies
to the region."
UAlbany Interim President Philip said, "The University at Albany's global
recognition as one of the world's leading research universities is further enhanced
by the launch of the world's first comprehensive undergraduate degree program
in nanoscale science at the UAlbany NanoCollege. I congratulate Dr. Kaloyeros
on the development and introduction of this groundbreaking program, which will
provide our students with unmatched education and training to prepare them to
be leaders in nanoscale science and engineering, and our region and state with
the finest workforce to support further economic attraction and investment."
CNSE Senior Vice President and CEO Kaloyeros said, "I am delighted to
join with SUNY Chancellor Zimpher, SUNY Chairman Hayden and UAlbany Interim
President Philip in embarking on the pioneering undergraduate degree program
in nanoscale science, through which the UAlbany NanoCollege and SUNY are again
demonstrating global leadership in nanoscale education and training - ensuring
that New York will be home to the world's premier workforce to help attract
new high-tech jobs, companies and investment across the state. I would also
like to thank Tom Selfridge, a longstanding champion and advocate for the NanoCollege,
for his generous donation to support the undergraduate program, which will play
a critical role in ensuring unparalleled education and unlimited opportunities
for our students."
The bachelor's degree in nanoscale science will offer an academically rigorous
preparation for students intending to pursue scientific, technical, or professional
careers in nanotechnology-enabled fields or graduate studies in nanoscale science
or nanoscale engineering, as well as other physical sciences such as materials
science, physics, and chemistry. As a result, graduates will demonstrate the
technical and professional proficiencies necessary to enable the identification,
description, discovery, experimental investigation, and theoretical interpretation
of nanoscale phenomenon and, as a result, become highly successful scientists,
educators, and leaders in the global innovation economy of the 21st century.
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