INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Partners saluted for creation of commercialization center
Key partners involved in the creation of Binghamton University’s Small Scale Systems Packaging Center, a New York High Tech Commercialization Center, were saluted at the Partners in Leadership dinner in Albany earlier this week.
Hosted by SUNY Chancellor Robert L. King, the dinner was organized to honor those individuals from the public and private sectors whose proactive leadership is shaping projects that will increase academic research, advance new technologies, create new jobs and promote economic development.
President Lois B. DeFleur was joined at the dinner by State Sen. Thomas W. Libous; James J. McNamara Jr., president and chief executive officer of Endicott Interconnect Technologies; Gerald Trant, General Electric’s Global Technology Leader, Micro and Nano Structures Technologies; Bahgat Sammakia, interim vice president for research; Charles R. Westgate, dean of the Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science; and Frank Andros, principal research specialist for the Integrated Electronics Engineering Center.
The center was one of 11 partnerships termed extraordinary and deserving of recognition by SUNY. “The State University is a key driver of economic development in the Northeast. Through 11 strategic partnerships, SUNY is advancing the technology economy of the 21st century,” King said. “The prestigious partners we attract are further testimony to the fact that SUNY faculty and campuses are recognized as leaders in research; companies know we offer a level of quality that is difficult to find anywhere else and their confidence in us is justified.”
DeFleur said that being able to honor the University’s partners was especially gratifying. “We so appreciate the efforts of Sen. Thomas Libous in advocating for Binghamton, and our work with EIT and GE makes this a truly exciting initiative,” she said. “This center will allow Binghamton and its partners to capitalize on our strengths in small scale systems packaging and put us in a key position to help the Southern Tier become a high-tech leader in New York state.”
The governor’s 2004-05 budget plan calls for $21 million to be invested in the center at Binghamton.