Jerry Gretzinger, the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering's Vice President for Strategic Communications and Public Relations, discussed the consortium and what it means for the Rochester community. Gretzinger explained that the NY Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium (NY-PEMC) is a public-private partnership that will help develop the next generation of materials used on semiconductors at State-owned research and development facilities.
Managed through the newly merged SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE)/SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNYIT), the next generation of semiconductors will enable power devices to get smaller, faster and more efficient as the current material, has reached its entitlement.
The State is partnering with over 100 private companies, led by SEMATECH and IBM. The Consortium will invest $500 million and create thousands of high-skilled, high-paying jobs statewide. Gretzinger said at least 500 of those jobs should come to Canal Ponds Park in Greece, focusing on the development and manufacture of the next generation of materials used on semiconductors.
Rochester was chosen as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to develop a nanotechnology corridor across upstate New York. Gretzinger said "people" were a driving factor in Rochester's inclusion. The area boasts a base of skilled workers that will help enable the success of the Consortium's research and development. The city's history of cutting edge research, through companies like Kodak and Xerox, make it a natural fit for the NY-PEMC.
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