A recent $2.6 million purchase of the Kodak building in Western New York could mean that UAlbany will have a new branch in Rochester soon. Our Karen Tararache learned about the nanotechnology expansion and plans to create future hubs in different parts of New York.
TROY, N.Y.--"This is what Governor Cuomo is talking about. Talking about creating these hotspots. These innovation hubs," Nancy Zimpher said.
Guest speakers at a two day symposium at Hudson Valley Community College talked about how to create centers for technology, like that in Albany, across New York.
"Each region of the state has unique strengths, world class strengths, that when combined with the technology and business relationships that we have here in Albany, really makes New York State unmatched in the world," Michael Fancher said.
The idea is to first take advantage of what a region has to offer.
"The Mohawk Valley up to Syracuse is often referred to as RF valley, or radio frequency valley. When you go out to Rochester, our center out there is focused on sensors," Fancher added.
Then, build up what's already there. CNSE's recent purchase of the Kodak building can work to add to the efforts of the Rochester Nanotechnology Research Center.
"This building, as I understand, it is an expansion of the Rochester effort," Zimpher said.
Finally, it's not just about creating these hotspots but also supplying the next generation with the proper education to work in them.
"Many of our students don't know what nanotechnology is, although many of them have a smartphone, right? That's why I’m excited from a community college perspective because that’s what we do, we provide the workforce that provides the engine for a lot of this innovation," Drew Matonak said.
"We should do what we know how to do best and nanotechnology is one of those examples but we wouldn't want to bracket it a particular community we can spread this technology across the state," Zimpher said.