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Governor: Binghamton 1 of 10 recognized for advanced technology

Binghamton University is among 10 universities in New York awarded designation as Centers for Advanced Technology (CAT), part of an overall initiative to encourage greater technological and economic collaboration between New York State’s industries and New York’s research universities.

“This announcement reflects our comprehensive efforts to build a stronger and brighter economic future for New York State,” said Gov. George E. Pataki. “By challenging our research centers to focus their intellectual talents on the technological needs of the 21st century, we are further securing New York’s role as an international leader in high-tech and biotechnology research and economic development. These grants will support the world-class research being performed at New York’s colleges and universities and will complement our other high-tech economic development initiatives, such as our Centers of Excellence program.”

President Lois B. DeFleur said this 10-year re-designation of Binghamton’s CAT, which was originally granted such status in 1991, helps the University’s efforts to enhance research and support economic development. “This award allows us to think about new and strategic directions in our work in small-scale systems packaging,” she said. “It goes hand in hand with all of our initiatives to establish Binghamton University as a strong partner for industry.”

Binghamton’s CAT, known as the Integrated Electronics Engineering Center (IEEC), focuses on semiconductors and microelectronics research for electronics packaging. The center’s partners include IBM Corp., BAE Systems Platform Solutions, Lockheed Martin, General Electric, Universal Instruments, Endicott Interconnect, Analog Devices and Samsung Electronics.

Bahgat Sammakia, IEEC director, said this re-designation and funding will allow the center to focus on new and emerging areas. “It will allow us to continue to build up our excellent team of faculty and staff to provide stability,” he said. “We will be able to use this as a launching platform to help create better consumer products, homeland security products and medical devices.”

Russell W. Bessette, executive director of the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR), said, “Under Governor Pataki’s leadership, the CAT program has become an extremely important component of the State’s high technology economic development efforts. The universities that have been awarded a highly coveted CAT designation will be key partners in helping to create a vibrant technology-based economy well into the foreseeable future.”

The CAT program, which consists of 15 research centers, has been successful to date. In a five-year period, New York’s CATs have helped create or retain more than 5,300 jobs and generated more than $1.7 billion in private sector revenues, cost-savings and capital expenditures.

Based upon historical appropriations and subject to the availability of State funds, it is expected that each CAT will receive up to $1 million annually. Each CAT is designated for up to 10 years to serve as a vehicle for transferring applied research in its technological focus from the university to industry.

The application process for the CAT designation was rigorous and competitive. Applications were judged on the basis of the center’s management team’s experience, track record in assisting industry with applied research and commercialization, breadth of research resources, and degree to which New York’s investment will enable the applicant to create economic impact in New York State.

The nine other universities to receive CAT designations are: City University of New York-City College, Columbia, Cornell, Polytechnic, Stony Brook and Syracuse universities, as well as the University at Albany, University of Rochester and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08