Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR)
Centers of Excellence

NYSTAR funds eleven Centers of Excellence to foster collaboration between the academic research community and the business sector to develop and commercialize new products and technologies, to promote critical private sector investment in emerging high-technology fields in New York State, and to create and expand technology-related businesses and employment. This program was created to enhance and accelerate the operations of recipient centers in the facilitation of joint university-industry research and development, product commercialization, and workforce training.

Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology (CENN) at SUNY Polytechnic Institute: Located at the university's Albany NanoTech Complex, CENN is a technology deployment, product prototyping, manufacturing support, and workforce training resource for emerging generations of integrated circuitry (IC). Its targeted portfolio of nanoelectronics-based products ranges from emerging microprocessor and memory computer chips with higher functionality and complexity, to the rapidly evolving areas of micro- and nanosystem based "systems-on-a-chip" (SOC) technologies; including but not limited to biochips, optoelectronics and photonics devices, and nanosensors for the energy and the environment. CENN is a world-class center for pre-competitive and competitive technology deployment, quick turn-around prototyping, and workforce training and development using universal 300mm and 450mm wafer platforms.

Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging Center (S3IP) at Binghamton University: S3IP is advancing the frontiers of microelectronics research and development, specifically addressing challenges in small scale systems design, development, prototyping, process development and manufacturing for the microelectronics industry.

Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (CBLS) at the University at Buffalo: CBLS is a hub for life sciences innovation and technology-based economic development driving scientific discovery, facilitating collaboration among academia, industry and the public sector to create jobs that directly impact the region's and state's economies.

Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics (CMI) at the University at Buffalo: CMI leverages the University at Buffalo's cutting edge materials science, big data analytics, and advanced manufacturing expertise to drive critical R&D activities that directly impact private sector growth.

Smart System Technology & Commercialization Center (STC) at SUNY Polytechnic Institute: This world-class MEMS foundry in the Finger Lakes region provides industry with unmatched fabrication capabilities and flexibility for both 150mm and 200mm substrates, meeting companies' needs for prototype, pilot, low- and mid-volume manufacturing. The STC facility is designed to provide maximum flexibility for a wide array of programs and substrate materials including silicon, quartz, metal, and polyimides. STC utilizes the best available microfabrication approaches and production equipment to solve complex challenges in the areas of inertial sensors, biomedical, microfluidics, green technologies, optical displays, SiOB/Thermal Imaging, 3-D integration and wafer-level packaging.

Center of Excellence in Advanced & Sustainable Manufacturing (COE-ASM) at Rochester Institute of Technology: COE-ASM helps New York State manufacturing companies improve their competitiveness through partnerships developing and deploying innovative technologies for more efficient and sustainable products and manufacturing processes. Sustainable manufacturing applies "systems thinking" to the design, distribution, production, use, and end-of-life handling of products, leading to greater energy and resource use efficiency and greener products that offer a competitive edge.

Center of Excellence in Data Science at the University of Rochester: Situated within the University of Rochester's broader Institute for Data Science, this Center of Excellence helps maintain New York State's leadership in analyzing and commercializing the limitless uses of data to improve quality of life and to fuel economic growth. The Center builds upon university infrastructure and expertise in data science and high performance computing, while leveraging collaborations with other academic partners, industry, and government agencies to develop and deploy concepts, methods, and applications for extracting meaning from large-scale data. It brings leading, highly talented researchers, engineers, and computer scientists together with the necessary resources to empower collaborations in data science across diverse fields, including but not limited to predictive health analytics, cognitive systems, and analytics on demand.

Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) at Stony Brook University: AERTC is located in the Research & Development Park at Stony Brook University and is a true partnership of academic institutions, research institutions, energy providers and industrial corporations. Its mission is innovative energy research, education, and technology deployment with a focus on efficiency, conservation, renewable energy, and nanotechnology applications for new and novel sources of energy.

Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT) at Stony Brook University: CEWIT is a next generation research and educational facility whose mission is three-fold: become recognized as a world leader in interdisciplinary research in the emerging, critical technologies of the information age, address the skilled technology worker shortage, and foster new enterprise development. Its research areas are diverse and cover distributed robotics, expressive and hybrid networks, mobile computing, wireless networks, cyber security, computer vision and image processing, RF systems, microwave sensors, wireless sensor networks, computational genetics and protein docking, computational neurobiology, virtual reality, effective bandwidth utilization, wireless protocols, wireless ad hoc networks and wireless gateways. CEWIT's research topics range from materials to components to systems and address devices and communications, networking, software systems, and solutions/applications for vertical markets. 

Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems at Syracuse University (SyracuseCoE): SyracuseCoE engages faculty, students and collaborators at 200+ firms and institutions to catalyze research, development, and demonstrations for innovations that improve energy efficiency, environmental quality, and resilience in healthy buildings and cleaner, greener communities.

Center of Excellence in Atmospheric and Environmental Prediction and Innovation at the University at Albany: This Center is home to the largest concentration of atmospheric, climate, and environmental researchers in New York State and one of the largest in the nation, with more than 70 highly regarded faculty, researchers and research staff. This resource is helping to strengthen New York's economy by supporting a bigger weather enterprise presence including federal laboratories, weather service businesses, and greater academic research.

Contact NYSTAR for more information by emailing NYSTARSupport@esd.ny.gov calling (518) 292-5700.