History

Born to Innovate + Educate

SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) was officially formed on March 19, 2014, when the State University of New York Board of Trustees unanimously approved SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher’s recommendation to merge the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) in Albany and the SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNYIT) in Utica. The transformative merger was the product of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s pioneering vision and leadership to create an entity rooted in academia and capable of supporting New York State’s well qualified workforce to facilitate significant and sustained industrial and economic growth. As a result, SUNY Poly has emerged as the most dynamic and unique institution in the State University System with more than 3,600 students, faculty, and staff.

Preparing Graduates for 21st Century Careers

As a polytechnic institution, SUNY Poly offers a robust and diverse range of professional, technical, and liberal arts programs, combining theory and practice to prepare graduates for rewarding careers that will enable them to be contributing members of society. With approximately 3,000 students currently enrolled, SUNY Poly recognizes that a strong, student-centered educational program is the foundation for baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral education.

SUNY Poly serves as a worldwide resource for pioneering education, research and development, technology deployment, and commercialization, working collaboratively with the international micro and nanoelectronics industry. It is anchored by two academic locations in Utica and Albany, New York.

SUNY Poly’s Utica Campus 

The history of SUNY Poly’s Utica site dates back to 1966, when Upper Division College at Herkimer/Rome/Utica was founded and began offering graduate programs to students using classrooms at a local elementary school. In 1971, the college began operating in a former mill building in West Utica, which was gradually remodeled into classrooms, offices, and a library.

With growing enrollment, the institution leased three additional buildings in West Utica and one in Rome, and adopted a new name in 1977: the State University of New York College of Technology at Utica-Rome.

In 1981, construction began on a new campus in Marcy. The first building, Kunsela Hall, was completed in 1984, and the college operated two campuses during a transitional period. In the 1987 fall semester, entering students attended all classes at the new campus. In 1989, the college name was changed again to the “State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome.” Steady growth and construction has continued over the years, including a $13 million student center, a $20 million fieldhouse and athletic fields, and a $23.5 million residence hall all completed in 2011.

SUNY Poly’s Albany Campus 

SUNY Poly’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, located at the Albany NanoTech Complex in Albany, began as a combined vision of government, academia, and industry. The common goal was to propel New York State to a leadership position in technology and economic development. Four key drivers comprised the strategy: select an overarching discipline (nanotechnology), invest in state-of-the-art infrastructure, focus on world-class, hands-on education and training incorporating the entire supply chain, and leverage public-private partnerships.
Today, the Albany NanoTech Complex is a fully integrated research, development, prototyping, and educational facility spanning 1.65 million square-feet, and boasting billions in high-tech investments and hundreds of corporate partners on site since its inception, including IBM, Samsung, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML, and Lam Research. This unique ecosystem provides students with unmatched experiential learning opportunities in the disciplines of nanoscale science, nanoscale engineering, and nanoscale bioscience.

SUNY Poly Athletics

SUNY Poly is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC), and the North Atlantic Conference (NAC). The current roster of SUNY Poly varsity sports includes baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s teams competing in basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball. SUNY Poly's athletic nickname is the Wildcats.

A Pioneer in Innovative, Public Higher Education

With access to world-class facilities and innovative career preparation, SUNY Poly offers unique and expanded opportunities for all its students, at both its Utica and Albany locations. The same commitment to cutting-edge academic and research programs that distinguished both institutions in the past makes SUNY Poly a unique, high-tech global leader in public higher education.

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