Clarkson University’sCenter for Advanced Materials Processing Receives Two Center Development Awards from NYSTAR

Clarkson University was one of several to receive NYSTAR awards to strengthen their research center activities. Others were Alfred University, Binghamton University, Polytechnic University, Stony Brook University, the University at Albany, and the University of Rochester.

The awards are being made through NYSTAR’s Centers for Advanced Technology (CAT) Development Program, an initiative that creates nationally recognized research centers and brings high-technology innovations to the marketplace. The research that will be conducted as a result of the investments will produce significant technological improvements that will lead to substantial future economic development in New York. In addition, the research will earn substantial support from participating universities and private sector companies.

“These specifically targeted research awards will enable our world-class university research centers to work even more closely with industry to develop new technologies and innovations that will foster the growth of an even stronger economy for New York,” Governor George Pataki said. “These awards complement our other high-tech economic development initiatives such as our Centers of Excellence program and will further secure New York’s role as an international leader in high-tech and biotechnology research and economic development.”

“The CAT Development Program is one of many initiatives reflecting the vision and leadership of Governor Pataki and the Legislature to strengthen research and development in New York State,”said Dr. Russell Bessette, Executive Director of New York State’s Office of Science, Technology, and Academic Research. “The huge response to the program is an indication of the incredibly dynamic nature of research and development in the State. We are absolutely thrilled to fund such economically worthwhile scientific endeavors.”

The existing CAT program supports university/industry collaborations in research, education and technology transfer, with a strong focus on helping New York businesses gain a technological edge on their competition. There are 15 CATs statewide, each of which receives $1 million annually in State funding.

Clarkson University ’s Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) and RPI’s Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES) jointly received an award of $1.84 million to address the need for energy independence by developing technologies to lower the energy consumption of various devices and processes. This joint "Advanced Materials and Systems for Energy Independence" development program, the collaboration between Clarkson and RPI, addresses the energy crisis by leveraging Clarkson's internationally renowned expertise in advanced nanomaterials and Rensselaer's world-class competencies in energy devices and systems. CAMP and CFES will systematically make their expertise and groundbreaking research available to New York State businesses, focusing on both energy conservation and renewable energy.

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Clarkson Center For Advanced Materials Processing Sets Back-to-Back Funding Record

Clarkson University Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) S.V. Babu has announced that research grants, contracts and other revenue sources for CAMP during the 2004 - 2005 academic year totaled $7.9 million.

"This funding exceeds the previous year’s total of $7.8 million, which was also a new record, and marks the second consecutive year that our faculty and staff have set new research funding levels," remarked Babu. The Center's reputation as a world-class technology center has helped it attract increasingly more research dollars and funding has doubled over the past six years from approximately $3.9 million in 1999 - 2000. (See photo.)

“The Center's objective is to transfer technology developed by CAMP research to New York State businesses to use in improving their manufacturing methods and producing new and improved products," stated Clarkson University President Anthony Collins. "As Director of CAMP, Professor Babu has accomplished our goal of economic development superbly, which supports our undergraduate education by demonstrating the creation of real wealth. Congratulations to Babu and the entire CAMP faculty and staff for this remarkable achievement."

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Funding for Clarkson University’s Center for Advanced Materials Processing has increased from $3.9 million in 199-2000 to $7.9 million in 2004-2005. The Center has established back- to -back funding records for the past two years.