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07-18-2008

NYSTAR Announces $10 Million for Clarkson University Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP)

NYSTAR Announces $20 Million for Alfred University and Clarkson University Centers for Advanced Technology

Funding Will Help Revitalize Upstate and Bolster State’s Innovation Economy

Edward Reinfurt, Executive Director of the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), today announced that the Alfred University’s Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology (CACT) and Clarkson University’s Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) have been re-designated by the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) as Centers for Advanced Technology (CATs). These re-designations will provide each center with approximately $10 million over a ten year designation period.

"These investments demonstrate our commitment to strengthening the State’s innovation economy," said Governor David A. Paterson. "By fostering an environment that encourages technological progress we are giving our institutions and companies the tools needed to strengthen and modernize the economies in Western New York and the North Country as well as the rest of the State."

Alfred University’s CACT was created in 1988 and redesignated for the first time in 1998. CACT’s specialty is processing raw materials into ceramic, metallic, polymer and composite products with the advanced and specific properties required by today’s economy. Ceramics are an important subset of materials science engineering and are both an end product for ceramic manufacturing firms and an enabling technology for a number of industries, including many based in New York.

"We’re pleased NYSTAR and its reviewers recommended re-designation of CACT," said Alfred University President Charles M. Edmondson. "By doing so, they are affirming both the importance of materials-based industries to New York’s economy and the quality of the work done by the researchers involved in the CACT."

Clarkson University’s CAMP is currently completing its 20th year as a CAT. CAMP is dedicated to science and engineering research in areas related to high-technology materials synthesis and processing. The research focuses on processes in which extremely small particles - colloidal media and/or surfaces -play an important role in the final product. In addition, the Center is expanding its focus to include "smart" materials, fuel cells, solar energy and biomolecular and pharmaceutical applications.

"This is what growing New York State’s economy is all about," said Clarkson University President Tony Collins. "It is exactly what is required for New York State industry to compete in a global world. We are fortunate to have Governor Paterson’s strong support for the CAT program, which is a national model of how government, industry, and universities can grow a State’s economy."

NYSTAR is a public benefit corporation that helps grow New York’s innovation economy with its support of high technology development and commercialization through academic and business partnerships.

Press Contact Jannette Rondo, NYSTAR Director of Public Information 518-292-5700 jrondo@nystar.state.ny.us www.nystar.state.ny.us

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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