Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering University at Albany, State University of New York

Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering University at Albany, State University of New York

Albany, NY
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July 1
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5 Degrees Offered
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Nanotechnology Programs at SUNY Polytechnic Institute

SUNY Polytechnic Institute, an international education, research, and technology resource prepares students for careers as scientists, researchers, and technicians in nanotechnology.

The university leverages partnerships with business and government to provide "high technology education." It also aims to create economic growth and jobs for nanotechnology industries. In fact, thousands of engineers, faculty members, researchers, scientists, staff, and students are currently employed at the university's Albany NanoTech Complex. Corporate partners include leading technology companies like IBM, GlobalFoundries, GE, Samsung, Toshiba, and Tokyo Electron.

Through its College of Nanoscale Science and College of Nanoscale Engineering and Technology Innovation, SUNY Polytechnic Institute offers pioneering academics in nanoscale science and nanoscale engineering including Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs in these fields.

MS Programs in Nanoscale Science and Nanoscale Engineering

The 30-credit MS in Nanoscale Science and MS in Nanoscale Engineering programs include six credits of nanoscale science or nanoscale engineering track courses. Program tracks relate to the energy, nanobiological, nanoelectronic, nanosystems, optical, and optoelectronic fields.

The programs also include 12 credits of thesis research courses, nine credits of "Foundations of Nanotechnology" courses, and three credits of seminar/external courses. They culminate with a master's thesis based on original research or a research report combined with successful completion of part of the PhD qualifying examination.

PhD Programs in Nanoscale Science and Nanoscale Engineering

The PhD in Nanoscale Science and PhD in Nanoscale Engineering programs consist of 60 credits of courses for bachelor's degree holders. This includes 15 credits of SUNY Poly courses, 12 credits of "Foundations of Nanotechnology" courses, nine credits of nanoscale science or nanoscale engineering track courses, nine credits of seminar/external courses, and 15 credits of dissertation research.

These programs consist of 30 credits of coursework for students with appropriate master's degrees. This includes 15 credits of SUNY Poly courses, six credits of seminar/external courses, and 15 credits of dissertation research.

Additional PhD requirements include the following:

  • A preliminary written examination for formal admission into the program
  • A preliminary oral examination to advance to PhD candidacy
  • Submission of a dissertation proposal
  • Submission and successful defense of the dissertation
  • Authorship of two scientific articles that are accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals related to the selected concentration area

Exceptional Faculty Members

Faculty members at SUNY Polytechnic Institute have outstanding academic credentials and industrial experience. They are dedicated teachers and prolific researchers who continue to advance the field of nanotechnology.

For example, Distinguished Service Professor of Nanoscience Hassaram Bakhru, PhD heads the Nanoscience Constellation. He conducts research concerning the characterization of materials using ion beams and surface modification and industrial applications of high-energy microbeams. His work has been featured in more than 100 publications.

Leading-edge Research and Development

SUNY Polytechnic Institute is committed to providing leading-edge research and development in four core areas: nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. Research centers and programs and provide an "industry-university-government partnership model." This model allows faculty members, students, and scientists to conduct groundbreaking research that is rapidly transformed into industrial use.

State-of-the-art Campus

SUNY Polytechnic Institute's nanotechnology programs are housed in the NanoTech Complex in Albany, the Capital District of New York State. This state-of-the-art educational, development, prototyping, and research facility allows the university to provide business incubation, outreach, pilot prototyping, and technology acceleration as well as test-based support for onsite corporate partners. It has 1.3 million square feet of space that includes cafés, cleanrooms, classrooms, cutting-edge labs, faculty and student offices, and research facilities.

Student and faculty offices are within close proximity to each other, which fosters a collaborative and supportive environment. There is ample space for students to meet with fellow students and faculty members, study, and socialize.

The highly advanced 200mm/300mm wafer facilities at SUNY Poly's Albany NanoTech Complex include more than 140,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanroom space. Faculty members and students have access to technologically-advanced tools used for front-end-of-line and back-end-of-line processing, lithography including EUV lithography, and metrology. Skilled instructors and technicians help students and faculty members learn how to use these tools, operate equipment, and conduct experiments.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) is New York’s globally recognized, high-tech educational ecosystem. SUNY Poly offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience and nanoengineering, as well as cutting-edge nanobioscience and nanoeconomics programs at its Albany location and undergraduate and graduate degrees in technology, including engineering, cybersecurity, computer science, and the engineering technologies; professional studies, including business, communication, and nursing; and arts and sciences, including natural sciences, mathematics, humanities, and social sciences at its Utica  location. Thriving athletic, recreational, and cultural programs, events, and activities complement the campus experience. As the world’s most advanced, university-driven research enterprise, SUNY Poly boasts billions of dollars in high-tech investments and over 300 corporate partners since its inception.

Location & Contact

Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering

University at Albany, State University of New York

257 Fuller Road
Albany, NY 12203
United States

Alain Diebold

Interim Dean, College of Nanoscale Sciences

Phone: 518-956-7363

Krista Thompson

Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies

Phone: 518-437-8686

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD)
    • Nanoscale Science Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Nanoscale Engineering Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 1
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Comp Exam Required and Thesis Required
    • Doctoral Degrees Comp Exam Required and Thesis Required
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


52% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 105
    • Accepted 55
    • Acceptance Rate 52
    • Enrolled 36
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $60
    • Application Fee - International $60
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline July 1st July 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 1st November 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students66
    • Female Percentage32%
    • Male Percentage68%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students66
    • Part-time Percentage29%
    • Full-time Percentage71%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino3%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian50%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian14%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown or International Student32%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty48
    • Full-time Percentage73%
    • Part-time Percentage27%
    • Female Percentage19%
    • Male Percentage81%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchBio MEMS/NEMS, cancer causes and cures, biomedical engineering, nanoelectronics and neuromorphic computing, materials characterization and metrology, power electronics, energy, sensors
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$11,148,723



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