College of Nanoscale Science + Engineering

Nanoscale science and nanoscale engineering education, training, technology innovation, and research experience, targeted for your future.

At SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), the opportunities go well beyond the classrooms, cleanrooms, and laboratories. This premiere institution with world-class resources uniquely prepares future generations of scientists, engineers, and researchers in nanotechnology and its various disciplines.

A Next-Generation Education

CNSE’s educational philosophy centers on creating innovative curricula that ensure student success and provide students with immersive and engaging experiential learning opportunities. The curriculum embraces project-based learning, applied learning, field studies, simulations, case studies, and evidence-based learning to provide students with a powerful edge based on real experience.

Through industrial internships and academic research experiences, students gain knowledge of cutting-edge technologies and learn the critical skills and techniques necessary to achieve lasting success in the dynamic world of nanoscience and nanoengineering.

Skills for Success in Emerging Nano-Focused Fields

CNSE aims to train the next-generation of high-achieving scientists and engineers. The college takes a unique approach to education, enabling the pursuit of scientific, technical, or professional careers in emerging nanotechnology-focused fields or competitive graduate degrees in current and emerging nanoscale science or nanoscale engineering, biotechnology and related fields, traditional engineering fields, and other physical sciences such as materials science, physics, and chemistry.

Here, there is a laser-like focus on providing systematic fundamental knowledge and experimental skills. Students also gain the ability to engage in lifelong independent learning, creativity, and innovation, and to make ethical, meaningful contributions to the challenges faced by an increasingly global and technology-based society.

The Tools for Progress

SUNY Poly CNSE is located at the 1.65 million square foot Albany NanoTech Complex. It’s also the home to billions of dollars in nano-focused investments, the most advanced 200mm/300mm wafer facilities in the academic world, and nine bio-laboratories which are equipped for chemistry, tissue culture, cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, toxicology, stem cell technology, and cell-device integration. The ‘open format laboratory style’ promotes interactions between PIs, postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students with shared expertise and equipment. Faculty and students have access to leading edge tools in metrology, lithography--including EUV lithography--and front-end-of-line and back-end-of-line processing. Qualified instructors and trained technicians help students and faculty master the tools and equipment and carry out their own experiments.  

Driving Opportunities

Further strengthening the student experience is SUNY Poly’s ongoing partnerships with industry leaders in nanoscience, nanotechnology, nanobioscience, and nanomedicine. These critical partnerships include those with globally recognized corporations that have world-class capabilities.

Inspiring Faculty

Academic and research excellence at SUNY Poly relies on having experienced, dedicated, and internationally recognized experts in multiple fields working together. SUNY Poly’s CNSE is committed to its world-class faculty who are well respected in a wide range of nanoscale-centered disciplines. Combined with small class sizes and a hands-on approach to learning, faculty members at SUNY Poly’s CNSE are ready to provide the critical knowledge, skillsets, and support for a lifetime of innovation-based career options.    

Many faculty members have experience in industry, as well as academic credentials. Our faculty have close ties with, and often receive direct funding from, industry sponsors, leading to opportunities for internships with industry-leading organizations.

Resources You’ll Only Find Here

SUNY Poly’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering has been at the forefront of driving progress through partnerships providing a one-of-a-kind ecosystem for hands-on research experience for students and faculty alike, and CNSE continues to seek partnerships with leading academic, industrial, and governmental organizations and a range of international research centers to continue to expand our incredible capabilities. Put simply, SUNY Poly’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering offers an unmatched ecosystem for student success.

J. Andres Melendez
Interim Dean of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering


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