Economic Impact

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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.

Since its establishment in 2012, the CMI has engaged with over 200 companies, 10 universities/colleges and 5 federal agencies to partner with UB’s vast network of technical resources and capabilities.

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Establishing Critical Mass

Public-Private Partnerships:

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 WNY 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 manufacturing sector.

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 Manufacturing:

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.

Success Story: CMI Helps Scientists Turn Discoveries Into Solutions - Dimien LLC

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 region.

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 help.

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 market faster.” 

Success Story: Working Together to Keep the Industry Vital and Growing Ever Stronger - SEMATECH

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.