12/28/2012 10:21:04 AM
Times Union: Five Things: Alain Kaloyeros
Five Things I Can’t Live Without
Alain Kaloyeros, Vice President and CEO, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
As a boy, Alain Kaloyeros was fascinated with science and engineering. “I remember when Apollo 11 was going to the moon. I would get every newspaper. I would listen to everything on TV. I had coloring books. I had catalogs full of the stories and photos. I was absolutely fascinated with science,” he says. Today Kaloyeros is the vice president and CEO at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.
With a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois, and many job offers, Kaloyeros was impressed with New York’s investment in research and, following a conversation with then-Governor Mario Cuomo (which had been part of the interview process), Kaloyeros accepted the position at SUNY Albany as assistant professor.
“Science is so complex and it involves so many different disciplines to any issue,” he says. “That’s why we had to build this, to become the biggest nanotechnology innovation and education hub so that we can go after any talent … attract them here, and help them be part of an ecosystem to innovate and educate.”