For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Contact: Jason Conwall | jconwall@sunypoly.edu | (518) 956-7373

The New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering and Science (NY CREATES) today announced the appointment of Dr. Douglas A. Grose, as Chair of the Board of Directors. Dr. Grose replaces Dr. Bahgat G. Sammakia, Distinguished Professor and Vice President for Research at Binghamton University, who held the position since its inception in December 2019.

Dr. Grose’s new role coincides with his retirement as President at NY CREATES, following a career spanning decades in semiconductors and advanced microelectronics. During this transition, the search for a president will begin immediately.

“While the decision to retire is a difficult one, I am proud of the work we’ve done to grow our organization and look forward to remaining involved during this exciting time for our industry,” said Douglas Grose, Ph.D. “During the past three years, NY CREATES has worked closely with our partners to successfully innovate and accelerate technologies and generate economic opportunities in New York, reaching a number of milestones, strengthening our R&D partnerships, and facilitating multiple economic development initiatives across the state. We are thankful to Bahgat for his leadership and guidance during the formation of NY CREATES, and he has continued to be an integral member of the team throughout his time as chair.”

“I’m grateful to have worked with an array of smart and innovative people around New York State during my time with NY CREATES,” said Bahgat Sammakia, Ph.D. “I remain committed to advancing research that has a transformational impact on society, and I look forward to supporting meaningful R&D initiatives in my capacity as Vice President for Research at Binghamton University.”

During Dr. Grose and Dr. Sammakia’s tenure as President and Chair, respectively, of NY CREATES, the organization was formally established and assumed management of the Albany Nanotech Complex, the most advanced, publicly-owned 300mm wafer R&D facility in the United States and one of the most advanced sites in the world. Under their leadership, the organization has achieved stability, grown its footprint within the semiconductor and emerging technologies industries, and established major new partnerships, including with IBM, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron (TEL), and Cree | Wolfspeed, which is building the world’s first 200mm silicon carbide power electronics chip facility in Marcy, NY.  In addition to the many R&D partnerships, NY CREATES also helped to drive several successful New York economic development initiatives, including Danfoss Silicon Power expanding to the Quad-C facility in Utica; Norsk Titanium establishing operations in Plattsburgh; NexGen Power Systems in Dewitt; Athenex to Dunkirk; and many other impactful programs.

Dr. Sammakia’s decision to step down from the board has no impact on his roles at Binghamton University.

Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “Doug Grose has brought leadership, integrity and a mastery of the semiconductor industry to NY CREATES and ESD is grateful for the productive partnership we have built growing high-tech manufacturing and R & D in New York State. Under Doug’s guidance, we have attracted and retained industry leaders such as Cree, TEL, Applied Materials, IBM and others to the state and we are very fortunate that Doug will be remaining in a leadership role on the NY CREATES Board.  Additionally, I would like to thank Dr. Bahgat Sammakia for his dedication and knowledge as the inaugural Board Chair of NY CREATES and I wish him well on his future endeavors.”

Larry Smith, President of Tokyo Electron US Holdings said, “All of us at TEL appreciate Doug’s many contributions to the semiconductor industry, especially his steady leadership which allowed the NY CREATES ecosystem to continue its pursuit of world-class technology development. We value the deep partnership between NY CREATES and TEL, and we look forward to working closely with Doug and his team in his new role as Chairman of the NY CREATES Board of Directors.”

Mukesh Khare, Vice President of Hybrid Cloud, IBM Research said, “On behalf of IBM, we thank Dr. Grose for his transformational leadership as president of NY CREATES, and congratulate him on becoming the next Chair of the Board of Directors. During his tenure, IBM and NY CREATES launched a multi-billion dollar AI hardware center in Albany, NY, which has become a hub for innovation in the U.S. and around the world. We look forward to continuing our partnership with him and NY CREATES to grow and accelerate the semiconductor ecosystem in Albany.” 

Dr. Om Nalamasu, SVP and CTO, Applied Materials, Inc. and President, Applied Ventures, LLC said, “We thank Doug for his many contributions to the semiconductor ecosystem and we especially appreciate his leadership in helping drive our partnership with NY CREATES and Empire State Development to establish Applied’s META Center in Upstate New York.  We look forward to working with Doug in his new role to further build on our collaboration with NY CREATES and New York State.”

Dr. Tod A. Laursen, SUNY Poly Acting President and Chair of the AIM Photonics Leadership Council said, “On behalf of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, as well as the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics, I am thankful for the service of both Drs. Grose and Sammakia, who helped NY CREATES navigate fast-changing global circumstances while continuing to foster critical high-tech partnerships to support workforce and public-private research opportunities across New York State.”

Harvey Stenger, President of Binghamton University said, “Bahgat Sammakia’s leadership and work ethic have enabled him to contribute to many significant projects as a researcher and as an administrator during the past several years. I appreciate his efforts to bolster entrepreneurship across New York through his work with NY CREATES, and I know he’ll continue to make a difference as an educator, inventor and researcher.”



NY CREATES serves as New York’s bridge to the advanced electronics industry. As the primary resource for fostering public-private and academic partnerships in New York State, NY CREATES attracts and leads industry connected innovation and commercialization projects that secure significant investment, advance R&D in emerging technologies, and generate the jobs of tomorrow. NY CREATES runs some of the most advanced facilities in the world, boasts more than 2,700 industry experts and faculty, and manages public and private investments of more than $20 billion – placing it at the global epicenter of high-tech innovation and commercialization.

Learn more at www.ny-creates.org.




Schumer’s Bill, The U.S. Innovation And Competition Act, Would Make Largest R&D Investment In Generations & Secure Critical Federal Funding For Domestic Manufacturing Of Semiconductors And Other Critical Technology 

Senator Says Bill Includes Massive Investment To Boost U.S. Competitiveness And Supercharge Upstate CHIP Production And R&D, Making It Essential To Growing NY Companies & Easing U.S. Reliance On Foreign-Made Semiconductors, Alleviating National Security Risks 

Schumer: U.S. Innovation And Competition Act Is The Blueprint To Make NY The Global Innovation & Semiconductor Hub

After a year of staunch advocacy to secure the domestic semiconductor and microelectronic supply line and make historic investments in federal R&D and innovation, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer announced senate passage of the U.S. Competition and Innovation Act, which combines Schumer’s Endless Frontier Act, other bipartisan competitiveness bills, and includes $52 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations to implement the semiconductor-related manufacturing and R&D programs Schumer authorized in last year’s National Defense Authorization Act and a program to support legacy chip production that is essential to the auto industry, the military, and other critical industries. An additional $1.5 billion was included for implementation of implement the USA Telecommunications Act that was also passed as part of last year’s NDAA to foster U.S. innovation in the race for 5G.

Senator Schumer said, “Senate passage of the bipartisan U.S. Innovation and Competition Act moves forward historic legislation to invest in science, technology, and U.S. manufacturing that will shore up critical industries like semiconductors, artificial intelligence, advanced communications like 5G, quantum computing, biotechnology, and advanced energy, and create opportunity to reshape the Upstate New York economy with investment in new regional tech hubs and support for New York entrepreneurs and research at universities and laboratories.”

“With its rare combination of a world-class workforce, advanced manufacturers, and renowned higher education institutions, I wrote and championed this legislation with Upstate New York always at the forefront of my mind,” Schumer added. “In the midst of one of the most consequential battles in our nation’s history, the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act lays the foundation for the next century of American economic leadership and preserves our competitive edge for generations to come, and I’ll continue to fight to put Upstate New York on the frontlines of that battle.”

Details on the supplemental appropriations appear below:

  • $49.5 billion allocated over 5 years for a CHIPS for America Fund. Funding must be used to implement the Commerce Department semiconductor incentive and R&D programs authorized by the FY21 NDAA (Sec. 9902 & 9906). Within the fund, the following appropriations are available:
  • Incentive Program: $39 billion appropriated upfront and allocated over 5 years to implement the programs authorized in Sec. 9902. $2 billion is provided to solely focus on legacy chip production to advance the economic and national security interests of the United States.
    • $19 billion in FY22, including the $2 billion legacy chip production funding
    • $5 billion each year, FY23 through FY26
  • Commerce R&D programs: $10.5 billion appropriated upfront and allocated over 5 years to implement programs authorized in Sec. 9906, including the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC), National Advanced Packaging Manufacturing Program, and other R&D programs authorized in Sec. 9906.
    • $5 billion in FY22
    • $2.5 billion for advanced packaging
    • $2 billion for NSTC
    • $500 million for other related R&D programs

For use across the advanced packaging, NSTC, and other related R&D programs, the following would be provided:

  • $2 billion in FY23
  • $1.3 billion in FY24
  • $1.1 for FY25 and FY26 
  • $2 billion for a CHIPS for America Defense Fund: Funding is appropriated up front and $400 million is allocated each year, over 5 years for the purposes of implementing programs authorized in Sec. 9903(b), providing support for R&D, testing and evaluation, workforce development, and other related activities, in coordination with the private sector, universities, and other Federal agencies to support the needs of the Department of Defense and the intelligence community.
  • $500 million for a CHIPS for America International Technology Security and Innovation Fund: Funding is appropriated upfront and $100 million each year, allocated over 5 years to the Department of State, in coordination with the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Export-Import Bank, and the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, for the purposes of coordinating with foreign government partners to support international information and communications technology security and semiconductor supply chain activities, including supporting the development and adoption of secure and trusted telecommunications technologies, semiconductors, and other emerging technologies.

An additional $1.5 billion is provided for implementation of implement the USA Telecommunications Act that was also passed as part of last year’s NDAA to foster U.S. innovation in the race for 5G.




In March, Schumer Announced Partnership Between IBM & Intel To Conduct Research & Development Of Next Gen Chips At IBM’s Albany Research Center 

Schumer Continues To Lead Fight In Senate To Make An Historic Investment in Domestic Semiconductor Manufacturing And R&D; Says Fed Support Combined with IBM’s Industry Leadership and Regional Innovation Ecosystem Could Land New National Semiconductor Technology Center, Along With 1,000+ New Jobs At Albany Research Facility 

Schumer: Fed Support For IBM, Semiconductor Industry Means Jobs In Upstate New York 

After nearly a year of tireless effort to secure an historic federal investment in the domestic semiconductor industry, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer last week, in a meeting with IBM CEO Arvind Krishna, reaffirmed his commitment to securing $52 billion in federal funding for domestic semiconductor manufacturing and R&D through his U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, which he is pushing the Senate to pass next week. Part of this investment is $10.5 billion in R&D funds through the Department of Commerce, some of which will support the creation of a National Semiconductor Technology Center to conduct research, prototyping, and workforce training in advanced semiconductor technology with the private sector. Schumer noted that IBM’s planned collaboration with Intel, along with its renowned leadership in the semiconductor industry as highlighted by their recent major breakthrough in developing the world’s first chip with 2 nanometer technology, positions IBM’s Albany Research Center, where regional and national partners combine efforts in a collaborative innovation ecosystem, to be home to the proposed National Semiconductor Technology Center that would be expected to double the Capital Region’s semiconductor industry innovation jobs, bringing 1,000 or more new, good-paying jobs to the area.

“The $52 billion for domestic semiconductor manufacturing and R&D that I am fighting to pass as part of my U.S. Innovation And Competition Act will be the blueprint to make Upstate New York the global innovation and semiconductor hub,” said Senator Schumer. “IBM is one of the leaders of the charge to ramp up the semiconductor industry in New York, bringing with it good-paying jobs and the development of cutting edge technology. IBM with its world-renowned R&D in semiconductor technology, combined with a recently announced partnership with Intel to grow the semiconductor industry in the U.S., positions the company’s Albany Research Center to secured federal funds as the National Semiconductor Technology Center that would be funded through my bill. I expressed my strong support for IBM’s goals in the region in a meeting with CEO, Arvind Krishna, and I stand ready to pass this funding into law and fight for IBM to get this critical federal investment that will mean 1,000 or more new jobs for the Capital Region’s semiconductor ecosystem.”

Schumer has led the effort to create an historic new federal investment in domestic semiconductor manufacturing and R&D, which would fund the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC), which IBM would compete for.  Last year, Schumer unveiled his bipartisan American Foundries Act to bolster U.S. leadership in the semiconductor and broader microelectronics industries. He successfully added this bill as an amendment in July 2020 to the Senate’s Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and these provisions became law as part of last year’s defense bill. The new programs included in NDAA will increase federal support for semiconductor manufacturing by providing new federal incentives to conduct advanced research and development of semiconductor technology, including the creation of the NSTC, secure the supply chain, and ensure national and economic security by reducing reliance on foreign semiconductor manufacturing. Schumer is now pushing for Senate passage of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, which along with including his Endless Frontier Act, also features $52 billion in emergency funding to implement the NDAA semiconductor programs to boost U.S. research and technology leadership.


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