8/17/2012 4:53:29 PM
CNSE Hosts Girls Inc. Eureka!® Program
Certificate presentation at CNSE concludes initial summer session of nation's first nanotechnology-based Girls Inc. Eureka!® Program
Albany, NY – Twenty-five young women who are part of the nation’s first Girls Inc. Eureka!® program focusing on nanotechnology received certificates for successful completion of the first summer session at a concluding program on August 17 at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE).
Participants in the program, which featured intensive, hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) lessons at the NanoCollege, were joined by faculty members from CNSE who led the engaging learning experience; representatives from SEFCU, which provided significant financial support as well as the leadership, workforce development, and financial literacy components; and leaders from Girls Inc., along with the young women’s family members.
This Girls Inc. Eureka!® program helps to address the crucial need to encourage young women to get involved in a growing number of educational and career opportunities in the field of nanotechnology to bolster New York’s fastest-growing high-tech industry. The first summer of activities included everything from exploring wafer patterning, where the girls dressed in cleanroom “bunny suits” and conducted hands-on chip fabrication experiments, to experiencing CNSE’s state-of-the-art nanobioscience labs, where they evaluated various chemical mixtures and solutions, built handheld conductivity sensors, and discussed real-life applications.
Over the next four years, as many as 150 girls – at no cost to them – will be able to take advantage of the many exciting post-secondary educational and career opportunities at CNSE and throughout the state that will be made available to them through this innovative program, including paid internships with local companies.
About CNSE. 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 2,700 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 System 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 www.cnse.albany.edu.
Contact: Steve Janack, Vice President for Marketing and Communications, CNSE
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