Pentagon Designation Boosts Nanotechnology in N.Y. State

A Pentagon designation of a nanotechnology center in New York State could bring up to 1,000 jobs to the Rochester area in the next three to five years.

The STC Center in Canandaigua has been named a “trusted foundry” by the Defense Department. With so much chip manufacturing being done offshore, the Pentagon is concerned about security and established a process for ensuring “trust” in the creation and manufacturing of new systems. The designation allows the center to work on projects for the military, other federal agencies, contractors and foreign allies.

In addition to the Defense Department requirements, center had to achieve certification by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which it did at the end of 2011.

The STC’s official name is the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence.

According to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, a company in Idaho is the only other maker of nanoscale sensors to achieve the designation. But this is the only nanoscale facility connected to a university – SUNY Albany.

The center recently was awarded $6 million in contracts to develop new nano-sensing technologies. One of its projects is to create sensors to be used by combat troops to detect roadside bombs.

The state has been working with area universities to develop an an upstate “thruway corridor” of  businesses related to nanotechnology, clean energy and other high-tech innovation.