NanoHigh partnership marks fifth year
as 15 Albany High students earn certificates
N.Y. (June 7, 2012) -- Fifteen Albany High School students received
certificates June 7 recognizing their achievement as the newest
graduates of the groundbreaking NanoHigh program and marking the
completion of the fifth year of the partnership between the
College of Nanoscale Science
and Engineering of the University at Albany and the City School
District of Albany.
“Congratulations to the 2012 graduates of the NanoHigh program," said
Lt. Gov. Robert J. Duffy. "The innovative NanoHigh program is preparing
the next generation of scientists and engineers in our state’s rapidly
growing nanotechnology industry. This partnership between the College of
Nanoscale Science and Engineering and the City School District of Albany
is the first of its kind in the country, giving New York students a
critical head start in today’s competitive high-tech society.
"These graduates have bright futures ahead of them, and I wish them the
best of luck.”
Check out media coverage of the event, including stories on
WRGB/Ch. 6 and in the
June 8 Times Union.
NanoHigh program began in the 2007-08
school year, 90 Albany High students have completed it, and a record
incoming class of nearly 50 students is enrolled for 2012-13 as interest
continues to grow in the program -- and the innovative technologies that
are reshaping the workpalce of tomorrow.
“Albany High School students are so fortunate to be able to take
advantage of this opportunity to learn first-hand about this
cutting-edge science and technology that is transforming the way we live
and work,” said City School District of Albany Superintendent Raymond
Colucciello, Ed.D. (pictured at far right with the nano grads and
Albany High teachers Jeff Beyer and Dan McCarthy).
“Our collaboration with the NanoCollege and its visionary
leader, Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, is providing Albany High students with an
invaluable opportunity to explore the ever-growing world of
nanotechnology. Our graduates of this program are being well-prepared to
take their places in the high-tech workforce that is transforming not
just our region, but our world.”
Dr. Kaloyeros, senior vice president and chief executive officer of
the NanoCollege, noted the opportunity the program is providing Albany
High students to get a head start on the innovative technologies that
are redefining future careers across the Capital Region, New York state
and the world.
“Catalyzed by the vision and leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and
through programs like NanoHigh, New York is building a world-class
workforce that is critical for success in the 21st century
innovation economy,” Dr. Kaloyeros said.
“We are delighted to work closely with the City School District of
Albany through a partnership that has given 90 high-school students a
unique first-hand look at their future educational and career paths.
Just as importantly, we are heartened by the growing interest in this
Albany High students intereseted in enrolling in the NanoHigh program
should talk with their guidance counselor.
year marks the five-year anniversary of the NanoHigh program, which was
designed by the district and the NanoCollege to enhance students’
opportunities to take advantage of a growing number of
nanotechnology-related educational and career opportunities in the
Capital Region and across New York state.
Meanwhile, interest in the program is at an all-time high, with 45
students already registered for next year’s
program, filling both introductory and advanced classes. That growth
also represents an increase in the number of female students, a group
that is typically underrepresented in the fields of science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Eight of this year's 15
NanoHigh graduates were young women.
The NanoHigh program connects students with leading
faculty and scientists at CNSE’s unparalleled Albany NanoTech Complex,
where they take part in hands-on experiments that will help prepare them
for a potential future in nanotechnology. This includes exploring
integrated circuit technologies through nanoscale patterning and
fabrication; nanobiomedical applications, such as innovations in
nanomedicine and forensic DNA fingerprinting; clean energy technologies,
such as solar cells and ultracapacitors for energy storage; and
The students also completed classroom work with
Beyer and McCarthy at Albany High, further exploring the promise of
nanotechnology and its potential to advance society.
For more information about the
NanoHigh program, please visit
The UAlbany CNSE is the first college in the world dedicated to
education, research, development and deployment in the emerging
disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience and
nanoeconomics. With more than $14 billion in high-tech investments, CNSE
represents the world’s most advanced university-driven research
enterprise, offering students a one-of-a-kind academic experience and
providing over 300 corporate partners with access to an unmatched
ecosystem for leading-edge R&D and commercialization of nanoelectronics
and nanotechnology innovations. CNSE’s footprint spans upstate New York,
including its Albany NanoTech Complex, an 800,000-square-foot megaplex
with the only fully-integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilot
prototyping and demonstration line within 85,000 square feet of Class 1
capable cleanrooms. More than 2,600 scientists, researchers, engineers,
students and faculty work here, from companies including IBM, Intel,
GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH, Samsung, TSMC, Toshiba, Applied Materials,
Tokyo Electron, ASML and Novellus Systems. An expansion now underway,
part of which will house the world’s first Global 450mm Consortium, will
add nearly 500,000 square feet of next-generation infrastructure, an
additional 50,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms, and more
than 1,000 scientists, researchers and engineers from CNSE and global
corporations. In addition, CNSE’s Solar Energy Development Center in
Halfmoon provides a prototyping and demonstration line for
next-generation CIGS thin-film solar cells. CNSE’s Smart Systems
Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence (STC) in Rochester
offers state-of-the-art capabilities for MEMS fabrication and packaging.
CNSE also co-founded and manages operations at the Computer Chip
Commercialization Center at SUNYIT in Utica and is a co-founder of the
Nanotechnology Innovation and Commercialization Excelerator in Syracuse.
For information, visit
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and nurture all students to be
responsible citizens, critical thinkers and lifelong learners to
successfully compete in the global community by providing an
academically rigorous and safe environment in partnership with parents,
students and the community. The district serves about 8,700
students in 15
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High