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The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering ("CNSE") of the University at Albany hosted foreign trade commissioners from more than 20 countries as part of a fact-finding trip designed to encourage international business growth throughout New York's Tech Valley region.
The foreign trade commissioners toured CNSE's $4.5 billion Albany NanoTech Complex and listened to a presentation highlighting New York State's global leadership in nanotechnology education, research and economic outreach. The tour and presentation was followed by a reception and dinner at which the region's leaders in business, economic development, academia and government networked and discussed prospects for global trade and investment with officials from the Foreign Trade Commissioners Association.
The New York City-based foreign trade commissioners -- also known as consular officials, commercial attaches or commercial consuls -- promote trade and investment between the country they represent and the region they oversee in the United States. Typically, a consulate in New York City is responsible for the northeastern and mid-Atlantic states.
The event was sponsored by Empire State Development, CNSE and the Tech Valley Global Business Network, a partnership aligning all of the premier economic development organizations in the area around the single issue of helping educate and provide networking opportunities for area companies interested in global trade.
About UAlbany CNSE
The UAlbany CNSE is the first college in the world dedicated to research, development, education, and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. In May 2007, it was ranked as the world's number one college for nanotechnology and microtechnology in the Annual College Ranking by Small Times magazine. CNSE's Albany NanoTech complex is the most advanced research enterprise of its kind at any university in the world: a $4.5 billion, 450,000-square-foot complex that attracts corporate partners from around the world and offers students a one-of-a-kind academic experience. The UAlbany NanoCollege houses the only fully-integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration line within 65,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms. More than 2,000 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty work on site at CNSE's Albany NanoTech complex, from companies including IBM, AMD, SEMATECH, Toshiba, ASML, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, Vistec Lithography and Freescale. An expansion currently underway will increase the size of CNSE's Albany NanoTech complex to over 800,000 square feet, including over 80,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanroom space, to house over 2,500 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty by mid-2009.
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