SUNY Potsdam working with campuses statewide to bring research to market
POTSDAM -- SUNY Potsdam is part of a SUNY-wide cross-campus $2.5 billion “Networks of Excellence” effort to support the state’s manufacturing sector by bringing faculty and student researchers together with industry experts to spur the development and commercialization of their work.
SUNY in Albany this week announced a first round of funding of $710,000 for nine collaborative projects on seven SUNY campuses that are part of ongoing state investment in the SUNY Networks of Excellence.SUNY Potsdam nanoscientist Maria Hepel is participating in two programs of research into materials and advanced manufacturing.
The projects Hepel will be working on are entitled “Energy Materials," awarded $175,000, which intends to leverage SUNY’s two national Energy Frontier Research Centers and Stony Brook University’s partnership with Brookhaven National Laboratory to build a statewide energy materials research infrastructure, led by M. Stanley Whittingham of Binghamton University, looking into electrochemical devices such as batteries, fuel cells and direct solar conversion; and "Team science and the educational pipeline for materials and advanced manufacturing," awarded $15,000 and led by Laura Schultz of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, which aims to increase high school and undergraduate student interest in materials and advanced manufacturing.
SUNY Potsdam will participate in the “team science” program with a new multi-campus on-line course for undergraduate and high school students devoted to energy sources and nanotechnology, contributing to the education-focused website disseminating materials related to novel concepts in energy sources and nanotechnology. SUNY Potsdam will also organize a Nanotechnology for Energy show during its annual Chemtoberfest.
The $710,000 in awards announced this week is the first round of funding from the SUNY Materials and Advanced Manufacturing Network of Excellence, which aims to support the state’s manufacturing sector by bringing faculty and student researchers together with industry experts to spur the development and commercialization of their work.
The awards – given to nine collaborative projects on seven SUNY campuses – are part of ongoing state investment in the SUNY Networks of Excellence, which now totals nearly $2.5 million. Previously announced were awards for SUNY 4E (Energy, Environment, Education, Economics), SUNY Health, SUNY Brain.
“Whether they are advancing 3D printing, extending battery life, or increasing student interest in advanced manufacturing, SUNY campuses across the state are coming together to enhance the capacity of New York’s manufacturing industry through their collective research,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “The SUNY Networks of Excellence have quickly started to have an impact not only on the students, faculty, and researchers who participate in them but on the entire state. Congratulations to all of the project partners supported by this first round of funding.”
Dr. Timothy Killeen, SUNY vice chancellor for research, said, “SUNY’s Materials and Advanced Manufacturing Network of Excellence effectively applies SUNY’s capacity to the New York’s manufacturing sector. This network connects SUNY and private sector experts, lowering barriers against sharing ideas and speeding up the transition from discovery to production. The range of projects funded showcases the diversity of expertise across SUNY that is applied every day to drive economic development and job growth across New York.”