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Positioning New York State in the National Spotlight

The Obama administration has identified advanced manufacturing as a national priority, establishing the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership and the Materials Genome Initiative to spur discovery and development through research.

The President’s National Science and Technology Council issued a National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing in February 2012, which says:

Advanced manufacturing is a matter of fundamental importance to the economic strength and national security of the United States.

Advanced manufacturing…

  • Involves both new ways to manufacture existing products, and the manufacture of new products emerging from new advanced technologies.
  • Provides high-quality jobs.
  • Is an important source of exports.
  • Is a key source of technological innovation.
  • Provides essential goods and equipment for the military, the intelligence community, and homeland security agencies.

A key component of the federal government’s investments in advanced manufacturing research and development (R&D) is advanced materials.

UB's Opportunity

UB is uniquely positioned to play a leadership role in materials informatics on the national and international stages. The university currently has 50 faculty members engaged in materials science research who have extensive funding from federal agencies and private industry.

NYSUNY 2020 is enabling UB to hire approximately 25 new faculty members who specialize in materials science research. They will be recruited across disciplines vital to advancing innovation in this field including engineering, physics, chemistry, medicine and computer science.

Prospective Facility Profile

  • TARGET COMPLETION DATE: 2018
  • ESTIMATED PROJECT COST: $70 million
  • CAPITAL FUNDING REQUEST: $50 million
  • PROJECTED EQUIPMENT COSTS: $15-20 million
  • ESTIMATED SIZE: 120,000 GSF
  • PROGRAMMATIC ELEMENTS:
    • Laboratory Space 71,000 sf
    • Pilot Scale Manufacturing/Prototyping 3,000 sf
    • Offices 34,000 sf
    • Conference/Seminar Space 12,000 sf