The Buffalo region is experiencing a rebirth and a new energy.
Expanding UB’s core strengths in materials science and
advanced manufacturing is a crucial part of New York State’s
strategy to help new and existing businesses become more
competitive through technological innovation.
The CMI enables UB to better serve industry by convening
public-private partnerships to compete effectively for large,
federally funded initiatives in areas including advanced
manufacturing, critical materials, alternative energy, national
security and health care.
The Buffalo Billion & Advanced Manufacturing:
As part of the Buffalo Billion Investment Development Plan, the
Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC)
identified advanced manufacturing as one of three industry
focus areas for the region. Establishing an Advanced Manufacturing
Insitute - the Buffalo Manufacturing
Works - is one of the BBIDP’s signature initiatives
designed to support growth of the region’s
The culmination of which has established a long-term
collaborative relationship between the CMI and EWI, the organization contracted by
the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council to
operate BMW. EWI is one of the world’s leading applied
industrial research and development organizations, and they bring
that proven track record of manufacturing success to Buffalo with
the launch of BMW.
SUNY Network of Excellence in Materials & Advanced
SUNY Research Foundation (RF) launched the Materials
& Advanced Manufacturing Network of Excellence
(MAM), one of five such networks designed to drive
collaboration among SUNY schools and scholars, facilitate industry
partnerships and enhance the student experience. MAM is co-chaired
by UB’s Interim Vice President for Research and Economic
Development and staffed by the CMI.
CMI is playing the lead role in coordinating UB’s
activities in this network, providing access to the full
“power of SUNY,” connecting members to top researchers
across the state.
UB is one of the first eight SUNY campuses to be
designated as a tax-free property through the Start-UP NY program. The
CMI’s Business Development Executive works closely with
materials and advanced manufacturing companies that may be eligible
to participate as part of Start-UP NY.
The CMI plays a significant role in spurring economic
development through materials and advanced manufacturing
innovation, giving companies a competitive advantage, creating
high-technology jobs and attracting new industries to the
When Dimien LLC, a promising startup company in advanced
manufacturing,, wanted to commercialize an innovative window
coating that keeps homes and offices warm in the winter and cool in
the summer, they turned to UB’s CMI and the Office of
Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR) for
The start-up company’s current product, an applied film
for windows, controls solar heat gain through a proprietary
technology that senses temperature changes and adapts to either
reflect or transmit heat.
Brian Schultz, PhD, founder & managing member of Dimien LLC
said “CMI provided test beds and analytical instrumentation
that allowed us to connect with the necessary partners and
accelerate the product innovation cycle to bring our product to
The CMI is working with SEMATECH, Inc., the leading R&D
organization supporting the semiconductor industry. Headquartered
in Albany, NY, SEMATECH is advancing methods for understanding
defects in semiconductor materials and devices.
Combined efforts include development of optical methods for the
determination of activated dopant concentrations in III-V
semiconductor samples, and research toward the development of an
in-line Raman imaging method for evaluation of defects, strain
analysis, and determination of carrier concentration.