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University research gets $1 million federal boost


Congressman Maurice Hinchey with President Lois DeFleur, during a past visit to campus.
Binghamton University’s Small Scale Systems Packaging Center will receive a $1 million federal boost under the FY2005 Omnibus Appropriations Bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate on Nov. 20.

U.S. Representative Maurice Hinchey, (D-Saugerties), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, directed the funding in the law, which fixes much of the discretionary federal spending for fiscal year 2005. U.S Representative James Walsh, (R-Onondaga), also supported this initiative.

“The projects funded by these earmarks are very important locally, while also meeting a national interest or priority,’ said Hinchey. “I’m gratified to be able to help with these worthy efforts and I will continue to use my position on the Appropriations Committee to help area projects.”

The funding will provide support for the University’s Small Systems Packaging Center in areas such as experimental and intellectual infrastructure that will enable research into the nature of materials and products at very small scales.

“We are grateful to our federal delegation for providing the funding to help us enhance our strengths in the University’s Small Systems Packaging Center which will further strengthen our partnerships with industry, health care and other colleges and universities,” said President Lois B. DeFleur.

For Bahgat Sammakia, director of the Small Systems Packaging Center, the funding underscores the importance of helping the United States regain pre-eminence in the electronics industry and to create and sustain regional jobs in electronics packaging by conducting leading edge research and reliability testing.

“Systems integration at the nano and micro scales represents the greatest technological challenge of our times,” said Sammakia.

“The creation of systems and products at these molecular scales will enable applications in biotechnology, communications, sensory systems and others that have the potential to change our economy and our lives in ways that are hard to imagine,” he continued.

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton have also indicated they will continue their work in guiding the funding through the budget process.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08