ALBANY, N.Y. - The U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker got a first-hand look at SUNY's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering on Tuesday, recognizing it as a world class research facility, partnering with Sematech to forge relationships with various private companies.
Pritzker toured the Nanotech complex, speaking with students doing a summer program on the research being done. She says SUNY's model is a successful model, bringing real world application to technologies developed. Innovation and economic development are Pritzker's focus during her nationwide tour.
"I want to understand how the Department of Commerce and the federal government can build on [the] successes and what we can replicate here to help our country grow in terms of its innovation and competitiveness," Pritzker said.
The secretary called the center unique and says she was impressed by the relationships that have been built between CNSE and Sematech, the private and public sector coming together to develop advanced technology.
"It's absolutely necessary for us to remain competitive as a country, and that means jobs," said Pritzker.
After the tour, Pritzker sat down with Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy, CSNE, Sematech and others for a round table discussion.