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Assemblyman Brindisi hosts nanotechnology forum

Assembly Anthony Brindisi at nanotechnology forumAssemblyman Anthony Brindisi hosted a December 19 forum at SUNYIT on nanotechnology and its implications for education and the business community in the Mohawk Valley. SUNYIT President Wolf Yeigh welcomed a crowd of more than 150 business and education leaders to the gathering in the Student Center.

"We're pleased to have all of you at SUNYIT as we continue to explore how academic-industry partnerships are benefitting the regional economy," Yeigh said. "Thanks to Assemblyman Brindisi, events like this forum will continue to expand the conversation so that all of us in education and business learn what we can do to support something that has the potential to transform our region."

Presenters at the forum represented UAlbany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), nfrastructure, Mohawk Valley EDGE, the Air Force Research Laboratory, Griffiss Institute, Working Solutions, nfrastructure, Oneida BOCES, Assured Information Security (AIS), Utica College, and the building and construction trades industry. Following their presentations, Brindisi moderated a question-and-answer session.

"This forum successfully brought together people from a variety of fields and backgrounds to discuss ways that we can work together to prepare for the high tech jobs of the 21st Century," Brindisi said.  "It is my hope that we can continue this discussion."

Through its partnership with CNSE, SUNYIT will begin construction of a technology complex in 2012 that will be anchored by the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C). The Quad-C will enable leading-edge research in partnership with private nanotechnology companies to drive advanced technology development and business opportunities related to system-on-a-chip (SOC) technologies. nfrastructure, a Capital Region information technology firm, has already announced plans to locate 75 full-time and 125 part-time positions, and establish its Western New York corporate offices, at Quad-C. The company will occupy temporary space on campus until Quad-C is completed in 2012-2013. Co-located with the Quad-C will be the Center for Advanced Technology (CAT), home to engineering, computer science and other technology-related educational programs that will help build the 21st century workforce to support Quad-C’s industry-partnership activities.

Nanotechnology Forum at SUNYIT

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