Centers + Programs

SUNY Polytechnic Institute is involved with a number of centers and programs that aim to bridge the gap between university research opportunities and manufacturing implementation.

The Albany location is the home of numerous pioneering nanotechnology programs funded by a variety of public and private sources. CNSE is able to accelerate the commercialization of technologies by providing technology deployment, market development, economic outreach and business assistance under a variety of centers and programs.

  • The Materials Engineering Technology Center (META Center) is a hub for groundbreaking materials research, with $600 million in investments in the campus by Applied Materials with a $250 million capital grant for the SUNY Research Foundation to purchase and install tools at the facility.
  • In 2019, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a $2 billion commitment by IBM to create a global research hub to develop next-generation artificial intelligence hardware at the Albany campus.
  • The Center for Semiconductor Research (CSR) is a multi-phase cooperative program on computer chip technology nodes.
  • Center for Advanced Semiconductor Power Electronics Research (CASPER) aims to advance power electronics based on wide bandgap materials such as SiC, GaN, and Ga2O3. CASPER has assembled a strong team encompassing material growth, device design, fabrication, packaging, and characterization. Particularly, CASPER has been conducting pioneering research in the field of SiC power device, III-nitride material growth/characterization, and high voltage packaging and characterization.
  • The New York State Center for Advanced Technology in Nanomaterials and Nanoelectronics (CATN2) objective is to drive systematic progression in technology transitions, market adoption, skills attainment & entrepreneurial growth by supporting each phase in the research, development, & deployment (RD&D) continuum. The Center leverages SUNY Poly’s infrastructure and ecosystem of faculty and student researchers, facility engineering and process development teams, and industry cooperation deployment partners to support technology commercialization, industry alignment, entrepreneurial growth, workforce education, and regional cluster formation. The CATN2 operates the Advanced Manufacturing Performance (AMP) Center dedicated to the advanced manufacturing supply chain technology innovation and workforce development needs.
  • The New York State Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology (NYS CENN), established at CNSE, is a fully integrated technology deployment, product prototyping, manufacturing support, and workforce training resource for emerging generations of integrated circuitry (IC). Its targeted portfolio of nanoelectronics-based products ranges from emerging microprocessor and memory computer chips with higher functionality and complexity, to the rapidly evolving areas of micro- and nanosystem based "systems-on-a-chip" (SOC) technologies, including biochips, optoelectronics and photonics devices, and nanosensors for energy and the environment.
  • The Advanced Cybersecurity Research Lab (ACRL) focuses on cybersecurity, machine learning, and autonomic computing approaches. Most of this work is applied to Cloud computing, SCADA, and 5G Systems.
  • The New York State Data Center is a partnership between the New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS), and New York State Office of General Services (OGS), to make government IT operations and services more efficient and reliable. The center will be a resource to train the state's next generation of IT workers and is expected to save New York State $50 million annually through the creation of a more efficient state IT system.
  • The TEL Technology Center, America R&D Center (TEL TCA) established to conduct R&D of cutting-edge semiconductor materials and processes.
  • The American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics) is a Department of Defense-sponsored initiative with nodes in Albany and Rochester. This industry driven, public-private partnership focuses the nation’s capabilities and expertise to capture critical global manufacturing leadership in photonics-focused technologies that are both essential to national security and positioned to provide a compelling return-on-investment to the U.S. economy. Its mission is to advance integrated photonic circuit manufacturing technology development while simultaneously providing access to state-of-the-art fabrication, packaging, and testing capabilities for small-to-medium enterprises, academia, and the government.



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