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Hinchey tours engineering laboratories

U.S. Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey speaks with Assistant Professor Junghyun Cho during a tour of laboratories on Feb. 27. Hinchey has been instrumental in garnering $2 million from NASA for the University.
U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-Hurley, visited campus this week to learn more about key research under way in University laboratories.

The congressman has been instrumental in garnering $2 million in funding from NASA to expand Binghamton’s work in microelectronics research.

“NASA is interested in microelectronics packaging because the smaller you can make something, the better it can travel through space,” he said.

Hinchey noted that microelectronics research also has pharmacological applications and could help the United States move toward a “hydrogen economy.”

He toured three labs in the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, where he met with professors and students and observed several demonstrations.

• Junghyun Cho, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, demonstrated the use of a “nanoindentation” machine that can apply force to a material and measure how it reacts.

• Timothy Singler, director of materials engineering, discussed a microdevice for cell adhesion.

• James Pitarresi, chair of the mechanical engineering department, talked about work that helps predict the reliability of computer chips as well as computer models.

Hinchey, who said he has been a believer in the University’s economic development potential since he was elected in 1992, noted that the federal money opens the door for Binghamton to seek funding from many other sources.

“It’s one thing to think about things,” he said. “It’s another thing to have the resources to do something practical with that thinking.”
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Last Updated: 10/14/08