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US President Barack Obama toured the University at Albany - State University of New York (SUNY) - Albany Nano-Tech Complex on May 8, speaking about the economy in the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering's (CNSE) NanoFab Extension Building.

CNSE is a global education, research, development and technology deployment resource educating scientists and researchers in nanotechnology. It hosts myriad private-public partnerships with academia and research organizations partnering with global semiconductor equipment and materials suppliers, as well as chip makers.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO Ajit Manocha spoke during the event. The presidential visit had to move from GLOBALFOUNDRIES' new Fab 8 to the college for logistical reasons. Since breaking ground on Fab 8 in 2009, GLOBALFOUNDRIES has created more than 1,300 new direct jobs with the project, drawn from local talent in the region and national and international sources. Fab 8 created an additional 4,300 construction-related jobs and established the largest private Project Labor Agreement in history, generating hundreds of millions of dollars of economic development throughout upstate New York, the foundry reports. Fab 8 began production in January 2012, and should ramp to volume this year.

In January, President Obama visited Intel's Ocotillo semiconductor manufacturing location in Chandler, AZ, touring Fab 42, which is under construction. The visit carried a similar theme as the one to CNSE in May ??? advanced manufacturing jobs in America, and improving education to develop future technological leaders from America. Obama is emphasizing the connection between education, innovation, and manufacturing in supporting investment and bringing jobs back to the US, which the administration touts as "insourcing."

"The true engine of job creation in this country is the private sector. There are steps we can take as a nation to make it easier for companies to grow and to hire ??? to create platforms of success," said Obama at CNSE (a transcript of Obama's remarks is available from the White House, He listed ways to accelerate the US economy, including tax breaks for clean-energy companies and small business owners, support for veterans in the job market, and encouraging US-based manufacturing and exports. "American manufacturers are creating new jobs for the first time since the 1990s," he said, and asserted that half of America's largest companies are considering moving manufacturing operations from China to the US. "Even when we can't make things cheaper than other countries, we can always make them better."

From the White House: "The President's visit to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY-Albany demonstrates the important role that partnerships between universities and companies can play in accelerating education, innovation and U.S. manufacturing investment."

The President compared CNSE to his administration's proposed "National Network for Manufacturing Innovation" consisting of up to fifteen institutes, each bringing diverse companies, research organizations and universities, federal agencies, and states together to make US manufacturing facilities and enterprises "more competitive and encourage investment." ???M.C.

Solid State Technology, Volume 55, Issue 5, June 2012

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