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03-16-2006

Clarkson University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Receive $1.84 million NYSTAR Grant

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In his 2003 State of the State address, Governor Pataki embraced the energy challenge as an opportunity for New York State in conservation and renewable energy technologies. High-tech academic research and energy-related economic development received a big boost this week when the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR) awarded Clarkson University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) $1.84 million to conduct research and develop solutions which address this nation's urgent need for energy independence. nystar

The check was handed over to Clarkson's Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) and RPI's Center for Future Energy Systems by NYSTAR Deputy Executive Director Jim Denn during a presentation in Clarkson's CAMP atrium.

"We are working with companies like Nanodynamics, Kodak, United Materials, Apex Technologies, Daystar Technologies, Xerox and Applied Nanoworks to produce more efficient fuel cells and solar cells that reduce the energy consumption in electronic products like cell phones, computers, copy machines, and cameras while increasing quality and lowering their cost," remarked S.V. Babu, director of CAMP and project manager for the research collaboration with RPI. "NYSTAR funding makes this research, and, ultimately, the commercial development which follows, possible," he added.

"Governor Pataki's commitment to support world-class public and private New York State research universities as economic development engines and his leadership in this area is transforming the academic and business landscape," Clarkson President Tony Collins told the audience. "It is my firm belief that this period in New York State will be one to change the paradigm of how universities work with industry on economic development. No longer can isolated companies or industries be successful in the world."

Following that theme, Denn remarked "Clarkson shines like a bright light in the north country. Discovery drives progress and Clarkson's work in linking ideas with industry is part of that progress. Blackberries and other electronic devices can be made anywhere in the world, what can't be made are the ideas."

PHOTO CAPTION: NYSTAR awarded Clarkson University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute $1.84 million to develop solutions which address this nation's urgent need for energy independence. The two universities will work with industry to develop smaller, more energy efficient electronic devices.

[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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