CLARKSON'S CAMP PROMOTES TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER

One 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. To this end, CAMP facilitates materials-related research collaborations with industry and effective dissemination and implementation of the research results.

The following article by Dr. Russell Bessette, Executive Director of NYSTAR, describes the importance of technology transfer along with some remarks from CAMP's technology transfer partners.

Technology Transfer Drives Economic Growth and Opportunity

By Dr. Russell W. Bessette, M.D., Executive Director, NYS Office of Science, Technology & Academic Research

In recent years, there has been substantial public and private interest in the concept of technology transfer, especially, but not exclusively, at universities. This is important to inventors, researchers and small entrepreneurs looking to develop innovative technology, as well as technology firms striving to create new innovations, manufacturers conducting research and development (R&D) to generate new products, investors looking for new growth companies, and government officials seeking to find ways to spur and support economic development.

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CAMP receives the first annual Leadership Award in Nanomaterials R&D. From left: Dr. Thomas Abraham (VP of Research at BCC), Clarkson's Senior University Professor Richard Partch, Vice Provost / CAMP Director S.V. Babu, and Dr. Mindy Rittner (Editor & Senior Research Analyst at BCC).

CAMP Receives the First Annual Leadership Award in Nanomaterials R & D

Clarkson University's Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) has received the first annual Leadership Award in Nanomaterials R&D from the Business Communications Company (BCC). CAMP Director and Vice Provost for Research S. V. Babu accepted the award on behalf of the Center at a ceremony held in October during the national Nanoparticles 2003 conference in Cambridge, MA.. Clarkson was selected to receive the award by a vote of more than 300 nano professionals from research and industry.

"This is a great honor and one that recognizes Clarkson's well-established and long standing research excellence and international reputation in the fields of colloid and surface science and engineering and small particle technology," said Vice Provost Babu. "Colloid and particle science and engineering are at the heart of technological advances in the materials revolution currently underway and in the creation of new designer structures with unique properties," he added. "Interdisciplinary collaboration among scientists and engineers at Clarkson has put our University at the forefront in this vast field of rapidly emerging technology. This wonderful award is a recognition of our faculty's great team effort."

Nanomaterials are metals, ceramics, polymeric materials or composite materials that are characterized by features that are extremely small in size (a nanometer is roughly the size of three to five atoms, or about 50,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair) and have immense potential for wide-ranging industrial, biomedical and electronic applications. As technology advances and sophisticated instrumentation is developed, scientists are increasingly able to fabricate and investigate materials by manipulating particles and maneuvering individual atoms.