The State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome (SUNYIT) offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in technology and professional studies. The SUNYIT campus is a high-tech learning environment on hundreds of acres in Marcy, N.Y., with students from all over New York, many other states, and more than 20 other nations.
Established by the SUNY Board of Trustees on June 14, 1966, SUNYIT is New York’s public polytechnic. Originally a graduate and upper-division institution, the college offered classes in temporary locations and at extension sites for several years until the first buildings were constructed on the permanent campus in the 1980s. Three new buildings were completed in 2011: the Student Center, Wildcat Field House, and Oriskany Residence Hall. A technology complex, the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C), is scheduled to be completed in fall 2014.
At SUNYIT, students are mentored by experienced faculty in small classes, many with fewer than 20 students. Through internships, close cooperation with employers, and an annual career fair, graduates enjoy extraordinarily high placement rates. In addition to their commitment to quality teaching, faculty engage in scholarly research including collaborative efforts with the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, N.Y.
Apart from their excellent academic experience, SUNYIT students enjoy campus life in highly rated residence halls. Mohawk and Adirondack Residence Halls offer the privacy and convenience for apartments, with students sharing suites in townhouse-style buildings. Oriskany Residence Hall, the newest of the three campus residential complexes, was designed specifically for first-year students.
Life on campus also features a full menu of recreational and cultural experiences. The Student Center includes a dining area, offices and meeting rooms for student clubs, a theater and lounges, a 20-foot media wall, and an environment enhanced for computer gaming. Wildcat Field House is home to SUNYIT’s Wildcat intercollegiate athletics and campus intramural and recreation programs. It includes a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor running/walking track and various sports facilities. A new, lighted turf field, baseball field and other improvements are nearing completion. The Campus Center houses a gymnasium, racquetball courts, fully-equipped exercise and weight rooms, a swimming pool, saunas, and a 400-seat dining hall. SUNYIT is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC), and the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC). NCAA Division III athletics and intramurals are complemented by entertainment, activities and community-building experiences that support and sustain a unique campus culture.
In support of the leadership and vision of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and in partnership with the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE), the $125 million Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) at SUNYIT is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014. The 253,000 sq. ft. Quad-C facility, which will include 56,000 sq. ft. of Class 1 capable cleanroom space, will host public-private partnerships through Governor Cuomo’s $1.5 billion ‘Nano Utica’ initiative, a consortium spearheaded by CNSE and SUNYIT that includes leading technology companies such as Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions Incorporated (ANS), SEMATECH, Atotech, and SEMATECH and CNSE partners, including IBM, Lam Research and Tokyo Electron. With an annual operating budget to exceed $500 million, the Quad-C will result in the creation of 1,500 high-tech jobs, groundbreaking academic programs, and cutting-edge workforce training opportunities.
The campus is home to a U.S. Department of Defense Reliability Information Analysis Center (RIAC), a $19 million project operated under the auspices of a team comprising: Wyle Laboratories, Inc., of Huntsville, Ala.; SUNYIT; Quanterion Solutions Incorporated of Utica, N.Y.; the University of Maryland; and The Pennsylvania State University. Also located in Kunsela Hall is a Department of Defense Data and Analysis Center for Software Basic Center Operations (DACS BCO), operated by Quanterion Solutions of Utica under a $33.9 million contract. DACS BCO is a Department of Defense Center of Excellence in software engineering; collecting, analyzing and disseminating technical information.
The SUNYIT campus is a resource for the region in a variety of ways. Business owners and entrepreneurs have obtained help, advice and services from the Small Business Development Center at SUNYIT, one of 23 campus-based regional centers and 50 outreach offices in New York State providing expert management and technical assistance to solve business problems and foster entrepreneurship. Through Digital Towpath, SUNYIT is a technology resource for municipal governments across the state. SUNYIT is headquarters for Leadership Mohawk Valley, a program that has prepared hundreds of professionals for community leadership roles. Throughout the year, the campus welcomes hundreds of senior citizens who take part in lifelong-learning courses as part of the Mohawk Valley Institute for Learning in Retirement.
SUNYIT’s 25,000 alumni are enjoying successful careers in many fields across the country and around the world. With a growing number of degree programs and the continuing development of the campus, SUNYIT continues to build on four decades of providing affordable, quality education and service as part of the nation’s largest comprehensive system of public higher education, the State University of New York.