Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary
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conducts focused materials educational activities, supports the
training of materials research personnel, and interacts with the
materials-related components of the academic programs at Clarkson.
As one of the 15 Centers for Advanced Technology (CATs) at New York
State Universities, CAMP receives one million dollars from the New
York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR)
for research and operating expenses. In addition, CAMP-related work
receives several million dollars each year from the federal government
and private industry. CAMP's government sponsors are NYSTAR, the
Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the National Science
Foundation, and the New York State Energy Research and Development
Authority (NYSERDA). Corporate sponsorship for CAMP is provided
by Corning, Ferro, IBM, Kodak, NanoDynamics, P&G, United Materials,
Xerox, and by many smaller companies.
of CAMP's major goals is to transfer technology developed by CAMP
research to New York State businesses to use in improving their
manufacturing methods and in manufacturing new and improved products.
Some companies with successful technology transfer from CAMP include
Ferro Electronic Material Systems (Penn Yan, NY), NanoDynamics (Buffalo,
NY), United Materials /APEX Technologies (Buffalo, NY), Woodruff
Block (Parishville, NY) and Ames Goldsmith (Glens Falls, NY).
During the past twenty years, CAMP has had three Directors and three
Executive Director Edward Reinfurt has the honor of cutting CAMP's
20th Anniversary cake. From left: Clarkson University President
Anthony Collins, Distinguished University Professor and CAMP Director
S.V. Babu, and NYSTAR Executive Director Edward Reinfurt.
University Professor William Wilcox, who was the founder and first
Director of CAMP, served as director from 1986 - 1991. Thanks to
his and others' hard work, specifically the pioneering research
of Professor Egon Matijevic' in Colloid and Surface Science along
with the great lobbying effort of Clarkson's Vice President Tom
Williamson, the College received a grant of $400,000 in early 1987
from the New York State Science and Technology Foundation.
University Professor William Wilcox (First CAMP Director)
award was for the planning and program development of a Center for
Advanced Technology (CAT). It was while preparing the CAT proposal
that Professor Wilcox came up with the acronym CAMP, to represent
Center for Advanced Materials Processing.
received its first $1 million in 1987. During this year Edward P.
McNamara, an International Manager for Carborundum, was hired as
the first Deputy Director of CAMP and served until 2006. His primary
responsibility was to increase CAMP's interactions with industry.
The ground-breaking ceremony for today's location of CAMP was held
in 1989 and the building was completed in 1991.
P. McNamara (First Deputy Director of CAMP)
Raymond Mackay was hired as CAMP Director in September of 1991 and
served until September of 1999. Prior to his position at CAMP, Mackay
was a professor at Drexel University and from 1983 he was the chief
of the Chemical Division and later chief of the Detection Technology
Division at the US Army Chemical Research Development and Engineering
Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.
Accomplishments under Professor Raymond Mackay's CAMP Directorship
Raymond Mackay (Second CAMP Director)
A CAMP Strategic Plan was developed which consolidated the work
into several well-defined and easily understood (by CAMP's industrial
customers) areas. This plan formed the basis for all subsequent
projects, marketing, and reporting to NYS. An Affiliates program
was initiated to accommodate the needs of small businesses. The
program was very successful and earned praise from the NYSSTF. With
encouragement from IBM and great assistance from the CAMP faculty,
particularly Professor Babu, a chemical-mechanical planarization
(CMP) thrust area was developed along with an annual CMP meeting.
Both were extremely successful and have grown significantly under
the leadership of Professors Babu and Yuzhuo Li. CAMP is internationally
known for Nanoparticle Synthesis and Characterization and for Chemical-Mechanical
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