Nanotech, polytech schools merge to form "MIT of New York"

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March 20, 2014

SUNY’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering has been the darling of SUNY system since its creation in 2004. Though small, it’s attracted millions in private investment.

Starting next year, CNSE will be a combined college with SUNY’s Information and Technology campus in Utica. The five-decade old polytechnic and engineering school is undergoing its own expansion to host computer chip fabrication. It has about 3,000 students. The College of Nanoscale serves another 300.

SUNY-IT interim president Robert Geer says the partnership between the two has been growing for years.

"You’re really having two growing institutions that had been working together, partnering together for years," says Geer. "And it’s really a culmination. It’s a really natural step."

For now, the new college will be known as the SUNY Institute of Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology, but Geer says that will change. The nano school’s chief Alain Kaloyeros will oversee the campuses, which will continue to operate from their current sites.

The faculty union at SUNY, United University Professions, expressed some concern over the merger, saying the schools could lose their academic focus.