For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Collaboration to Drive Quantum Information Science Engineering and
Technology and Microelectronics Advancements
Albany, NY — NY CREATES, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) announced they are collaborating to advance Quantum Information Science Engineering and Technology and Microelectronics in New York State and the nation.
The New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering, and Science (NY CREATES), Brookhaven Science Associates, which manages BNL on behalf of DOE’s Office of Science, and RPI have formalized a partnership to foster collaborative and mutually beneficial programs that will enhance intellectual exchange between the three organizations. The agreement lays the groundwork for joint research projects and other collaborations that will strengthen the quantum and microelectronics ecosystems in New York State and beyond, supporting timely U.S. efforts to reestablish its preeminence in areas important to national security and economic vitality.
“This strategic partnership, which leverages NY CREATES’ Albany NanoTech Complex, the nation’s most advanced public/private 300mm semiconductor research center, will advance technologies in the important areas of microelectronics and quantum, and we look forward to building on our strong relationships with BNL and RPI,” said NY CREATES President Dave Anderson. “By bringing together the expertise of NY CREATES, RPI, and BNL, we are poised to make substantial contributions to the quantum and microelectronics landscapes as we address the evolving needs of our industry partners.”
“Brookhaven Lab has the unique facilities, capabilities, and expertise in materials science needed to drive research in microelectronics and quantum technologies,” said John Hill, BNL’s Deputy Director for Science and Technology. “We believe this partnership is essential and well positioned to advance information science, engineering, and technology, areas crucial to our future economy—within NY State and across the nation.”
“We are excited to take this next step with NY CREATES and Brookhaven National Lab and further critical collaborations among our three institutions,” said Martin A. Schmidt, President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. “This development comes at an opportune moment. New York is fast becoming an epicenter of quantum computing and microelectronics exploration and innovation, and in April we will officially unveil an IBM Quantum System One at RPI, the first deployed on a university campus. Having this system at RPI, and making it accessible to researchers and students in the region, will be an asset to this important partnership.”
Representatives from each organization signed a memorandum of understanding during a ceremony at NY CREATES’ Albany NanoTech Complex on Friday, February 9, 2024. The MOU will guide research alignment, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration and developing joint research programs that leverage each partner’s strengths.
The three organizations will also establish joint programs in educational outreach and workforce development to support the next generation of researchers and address industry needs. The agreement will provide opportunities for graduate students and postdocs to pursue collaborative research at BNL, RPI, or NY CREATES’ facilities, enhancing their exposure to cutting-edge technologies. In addition, the MOU sets the stage for joint quantum technologies and microelectronics research-focused workshops, network engagement, and the collaborative use of each organization’s resources.
About NY CREATES
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.
About Brookhaven National Laboratory
One of 10 national laboratories overseen and primarily funded by DOE’s Office of Science, Brookhaven Lab conducts research in the physical, biological, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies, computation, quantum technologies, and national security. Brookhaven Lab also builds and operates major scientific facilities available to university, industry, and government researchers. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, a partnership founded by Stony Brook University, the largest academic user of Laboratory facilities, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.
About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America’s first technological research university. Rensselaer encompasses five schools, over 30 research centers, more than 140 academic programs including 25 new programs, and a dynamic community made up of over 6,800 students and 110,000 living alumni. Rensselaer faculty and alumni include upwards of 155 National Academy members, six members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six National Medal of Technology winners, six National Medal of Science winners, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With 200 years of experience advancing scientific and technological knowledge, Rensselaer remains focused on addressing global challenges with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration. To learn more, please visit www.rpi.edu.