Oct. 25--ALBANY -- Residents across upstate will get their first chance next month to look inside the expansion of the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.
As part of its annual "Nanovember" educational outreach program, the NanoCollege is opening up the doors of NanoFabX to the public, as well as sites it is developing in the Utica and Rochester areas.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been aggressively pushing the expansion of the NanoCollege and its innovative business model that has attracted $17 billion in investment from the semiconductor industry.
In addition to sites at the SUNY Institute of Technology in the Utica suburb of Marcy, a micro-electronics fabrication facility in Canandaigua and a solar energy lab it is renovating in Rochester, the NanoCollege also plans to build facilities in Syracuse and Buffalo.
For the first time, Nanovember events will be held this year in Marcy and Canandaigua in addition to Albany. Each location will kick off the month-long program with "community day" open house events on Saturday, Nov. 2.
A highlight in Albany that day will be tours of NanoFabX, the newest building on the NanoCollege's Fuller Road campus. The $365 million facility, which sits next to Interstate 90, is home to the Global 450 Consortium, a nearly $5 billion effort by top chip companies like Intel and Samsung to create the next-generation chip factory.
And on Nov. 7, the public will hear first hand from Cuomo administration and NanoCollege officials from across the state during a panel discussion in Albany entitled "Statewide Nano Impact."
Other highlights will be a Nov. 15 job fair at the NanoCollege's new solar manufacturing facility in Rochester; a kids day on Nov. 16 at Kiernan Plaza in downtown Albany, which the NanoCollege recently acquired, and a free family day on Nov. 23 at CNSE Children's Museum of Science and Technology at the Rensselaer Technology Park in North Greenbush. CMOST as it used to be called, became part of the NanoCollege back in February.
The school is spending $5 million to upgrade and expand the museum's offerings.
The entire Nanovember schedule is available at the NanoCollege's web site at http://www.sunycnse.com.
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