Company Will Expand Operations From California to New York

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, December 6, 2022

NY CREATES: Jason Conwall | JConwall@ny-creates.org | (518) 956-7373
Bleximo: Dr. Alexei Marchenkov | alexei@bleximo.com

Albany, NY – Bleximo Corp., a full-stack quantum computing system integration firm, today announced plans to expand its design, prototyping, and marketing operations to the Albany NanoTech Complex in Upstate New York. The company will also establish a research and development partnership with the New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering, and Science (NY CREATES), a non-profit organization that accelerates innovation, facilitates public-private partnerships, and operates the nation’s most advanced, publicly-owned semiconductor research center.

Quantum computing promises to usher in a new era of modelling, simulation, and optimization capabilities that will lead to new discoveries and productivity improvements, tackle climate challenges, and improve quality of life. This advanced technology will impact many diverse disciplines, including but not limited to defense and national security, pharmaceuticals, medicine, manufacturing, materials science, finance, and supply chain.

Dr. Alexei Marchenkov, CEO, Bleximo said, “NY CREATES’ technical capabilities as well as a track record of successfully supporting technology commercialization efforts, make it a unique hub for Bleximo’s aggressive development and commercialization schedule of its next-generation quantum computing systems. A partnership with NY CREATES is essential to rapidly develop, scale, and commercialize Bleximo’s patent-pending modular superconducting application-specific quantum processors (ASQPs) with integrated cryogenic silicon photonics control system”

David Anderson, President, NY CREATES said, “Quantum technologies are already enabling many of today’s most important innovations and advances in computing, semiconductors, microelectronics, and numerous other industries. NY CREATES world-class facilities are a unique environment that supports start-up companies by providing access to the latest state-of-the-art tools and equipment. We are excited to bring in Bleximo, along with their impressive capabilities, as a partner at the Albany NanoTech Complex and look forward to welcoming the Bleximo team to Upstate New York.”

Bleximo, headquartered in Berkeley, California, will expand operations and establish a team in Albany, NY, that will work closely with NY CREATES researchers and staff to help support expanding its R&D activities. Bleximo brings unique superconducting quantum hardware design, fabrication, testing and operational know-how, advanced electronic design automation software, and proven full-stack quantum computing system integration expertise to the NY CREATES ecosystem.

Bleximo’s capabilities include:

  • Chip design, chip fabrication and packaging technologies yielding record coherence times in superconducting quantum bits.
  • Unique electronic automated design software which speeds up quantum processor layout and validation.
  • Proprietary co-design methodology which boosts the speed and reduces algorithm complexity with appropriate processor architecture choice.
  • A patent-pending blueprint for building hybrid superconducting/photonic processors with 1,000+ high-quality qubits.
  • Cryogenic RubiconTM platform, which enables rapid tests of superconducting chips at millikelvin temperatures.

“Bleximo’s Rubicon platform for the testing of multi-qubit quantum processors provides a critically needed capability for NY CREATES’s R&D into scalable quantum computing systems,” said Satyavolu “Pops” Papa Rao, Vice President for Research at NY CREATES. “With the Rubicon platform, NY CREATES can accelerate the characterization of its Ta-based Josephson junctions, high-quality-factor coplanar waveguide resonators, and superconducting nanowires developed at 300 mm wafer scale in our nation-leading facilities for use in a variety of quantum computing architectures.”

Making large-scale practical quantum processors requires the most modern microfabrication methods and tools as well as materials analysis capabilities and expertise. NY CREATES owns and operates the Albany NanoTech Complex – the nation’s most advanced, publicly-owned semiconductor R&D facility.

Over the last two decades, NY CREATES has built time-tested connections and capabilities with ecosystem partners in academia, industry and government, enabling the organization to power a broader portion of the commercialization continuum and making them unique when compared with other innovation centers. NY CREATES is actively engaged in technology development programs, particularly at its Albany and Rochester locations, through strategic efforts in integrated photonics, neuromorphic computing, quantum technologies, power electronics, and nano-biological devices. These R&D efforts are partnerships with a broad cross-section of entities – from federal agencies to start-up companies.


About Bleximo

Founded in 2017, Bleximo is a full-stack quantum computing system integration firm that is building superconducting application-specific quantum computers by co-designing algorithms and hardware to deliver practical solutions for high-impact problems. Co-designing processors, software, and the control stack along with developing technologies that ensure chips’ reliability and scalability in one product development process is Bleximo’s strategic differentiator: everything from the fundamental physics of superconducting technology to the software dynamics in a deployed system is considered. For more information, visit https://bleximo.com.


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 https://ny-creates.org.


Menlo Micro Joins the American Semiconductor Innovation Coalition

Aims to bring more U.S. semiconductor manufacturing and advance MEMS R&D leadership, improve pathway from research to manufacturing

IRVINE, Calif., September 27, 2022

Menlo Microsystems, Inc. (Menlo Micro), the company known for reinventing the electronic switch with its Ideal Switch® technology, today announced that it has joined the American Semiconductor Innovation Coalition (ASIC) in its effort to ensure that the funding provided through the historic CHIPS and Science Act will be effectively employed to advance U.S. semiconductor R&D leadership and improve the pathway from research to manufacturing.

As a member of ASIC, Menlo Micro will look to build on existing partnerships with ASIC members Purdue University and SUNY Polytechnic Institute to strengthen America’s STEM workforce and ensure top tech talent remains in the U.S.

Menlo Micro’s leadership in creating next-generation electrical components will be invaluable as the country seeks to invest more heavily in transformative technologies and bolster domestic chip manufacturing and supply chains. Leveraging advances in materials science and MEMS technology, Menlo Micro’s Ideal Switch delivers unprecedented power, efficiency, and speed at a fraction of the size and weight of traditional switching technologies.

“Menlo Micro is proud to join ASIC and its members in the pursuit of strengthening U.S. tech leadership,” said Russ Garcia, CEO of Menlo Micro. “ASIC’s work to create tech hubs and bolster U.S. supply chains for our future economic prosperity and national security perfectly aligns with our goal to onshore manufacturing of Menlo Micro’s Ideal Switch technology to help strengthen America’s tech supply chains and facilitate the electrification of everything.”

Joining ASIC’s growing membership of companies, universities, startups and nonprofits, Menlo Micro will advocate for an efficient and effective innovation hub of the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC) and National Advanced Packaging Manufacturing Program (NAPMP) funded through the CHIPS and Science Act. ASIC recently expanded its membership to include representatives from all stages of the chipmaking supply chain, and Menlo Micro will be joining fellow innovators and technology leaders including NVIDIADuPont and GlobalFoundries, which join Analog DevicesIBMMicrosoftMicronMITSynopsys and others to advance U.S. semiconductor R&D leadership.

“Pursuing an initiative like the NSTC requires a network of leading thinkers and innovators in semiconductor technology,” said Dr. Douglas Grose, spokesperson for ASIC. “We’re excited to welcome Menlo Micro to ASIC as a key representative of MEMS technology and the expertise they bring to the coalition as we work to strengthen U.S. tech leadership for generations to come.”

About the Ideal Switch

The Ideal Switch is the electronic industry’s Holy Grail – a device that delivers all the benefits of a mechanical relay and a semiconductor switch, with no compromises. The Ideal Switch is tiny, fast, reliable, withstands extreme temperatures, is ultra-low loss and can handle 1,000s of Watts. Most importantly, it is manufactured using conventional semiconductor equipment.

According to Adroit Market Research, the global electrification market is experiencing tremendous growth, projected to reach $128 billion by 2028. The Ideal Switch is transforming the electrification of everything by increasing energy efficiency of the entire legacy electric infrastructure, upgrading 100-year-old relay technology with a microelectromechanical (MEMS) switch. 

About Menlo Micro

Menlo Micro is on a mission to create a more energy efficient and sustainable world, with an entirely new category of electronic switches. The Ideal Switch eliminates compromises and tradeoffs by combining the benefits of electromechanical and solid-state switches into the best of both worlds. Menlo is bringing more than 99 percent reductions in size, weight, power, and cost to dozens of industries such as medical, aerospace and defense, telecommunications, consumer electronics, industrial IoT, and test and measurement. For more information, visit menlomicro.com or follow the company on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About the American Semiconductor Innovation Coalition

The American Semiconductor Innovation Coalition (ASIC) represents more than 100 businesses, startups, universities and nonprofits dedicated to bringing the best research and development to the National Semiconductor Technology Center and the National Advanced Packaging Manufacturing Program. Learn more about ASIC and its members at http://asicoalition.org.

Menlo Micro and the Ideal Switch are registered trademarks of Menlo Microsystems, Inc. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.

Source: PRESS RELEASE Menlo Micro Joins the American Semiconductor Innovation Coalition / September 27, 2022



For Immediate Release: Thursday, July 28, 2022
Contact: Jason Conwall | jconwall@ny-creates.org | (518) 956-7373


Earlier today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act. With approval from the Senate and the House, it now heads to President Biden’s desk. The legislation will invest billions of dollars in semiconductor research and development, manufacturing, and workforce development, including the creation of a National Semiconductor Technology Center.

David Anderson, President of the New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering and Science (NY CREATES) issued the following statement:

“The CHIPS and Science Act is a much-needed, strategic investment in the future of our country and will help to re-establish American leadership in innovation and the global semiconductor industry. We were very pleased to see strong bipartisan support as this is not about one industry – it’s about every industry that relies on chips as well as our economic and national security.

“I want to thank Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, Representatives Tonko and Morelle, and the entire New York Delegation for their tireless efforts in leading the charge and bringing the bill across the goal line. As we await the President’s signature, NY CREATES, along with our partners across the state and the nation, stands ready to support the Federal government in establishing a National Semiconductor Technology Center with an ecosystem in place that can leverage existing assets and investments and hit the ground running.”

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. As the primary resource for fostering public-private and academic partnerships in New York State, 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 ny-creates.org.




VET S.T.E.P. Career Skills Program Will Train Service Members from Across the Country and Partner with Industry for Employment Opportunities

MAY 25, 2022 | Albany, NY


Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the Department of the Army has approved the Veteran Semiconductor Training and Experience Program, or VET S.T.E.P., as an official Career Skills Program, part of the Department of Defense SkillBridge network. These programs assist service members, from all branches nationwide, as they transition out of the military and into civilian careers by providing industry-specific training, internships and other work experience. VET S.T.E.P.’s outreach to military installations will serve to educate service members about the employment opportunities available, demonstrate the transferability of military training and discipline to the microelectronics manufacturing field, and provide them with industry-specific onboarding to give participants the skills they need to land the job. 

“In New York, we are deeply committed to supporting the brave men and women who serve and protect our country, and we are forever thankful for their service,” Governor Hochul said. “Today, we reaffirm our commitment to New York’s service members with concrete action, and the new VET S.T.E.P. program is the latest example of our workforce initiatives focused on helping veterans find meaningful, long-term employment after leaving the military. This new program will serve as a model for the rest of the nation to follow, and will put veterans on the path toward a successful career while strengthening the U.S. semiconductor industry.” 

NY CREATES President David Anderson said, “We are proud to launch the new VET S.T.E.P. initiative, which will honor active duty service members and veterans by providing them with opportunities for long-term, rewarding careers in the semiconductor industry. The men and women who serve our country are talented, hardworking, and dedicated – all qualities that are sought by global industry leaders. VET S.T.E.P. will offer a comprehensive training and experience program that connects veterans to companies and careers – and that’s a win for everyone involved.”  

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, “The new Vet S.T.E.P. program will generate new opportunities for our veterans by providing much needed skills that will amplify our high tech workforce, a key component to growing the semiconductor industry in New York State. I applaud our partners at NY CREATES for developing this innovative program which will ensure a robust talent pipeline for the future.”

New York State Division of Veterans’ Services Director Viviana DeCohen said, “New York remains committed to being the best state for service members and veterans to call home. A key component of this is the ability to provide well paying and fulfilling work for these individuals. The VET S.T.E.P. initiative will be a great source of rewarding work by providing careers for those who have done so much for our State and Nation.”

Typically, companies offer SkillBridge programming to fill their own job vacancies. VET S.T.E.P. is uniquely focused on building an ecosystem, working with several industry partners based in New York State to build a skilled technician pipeline for the state and the nation’s growing semiconductor industry. VET S.T.E.P. recruitment will bring in military personnel from across the U.S., with its primary connection to Fort Drum, and provide two weeks of technician training followed by placement in an eight week internship with one of NY CREATES many industry partners.  

VET S.T.E.P.’s training, developed in partnership with Mohawk Valley Community College, will be held at the Albany Nanotech Complex. There, service members will have access to the most advanced, publicly-owned labs in the U.S., a working foundry, state-of-the-art equipment and on site industry partners. 

The first training cohort is scheduled for September 2022. Initially, three cohorts of 12 service members are planned for the next 12 months. Once the program is fully established, five cohorts training up to 60 service members can be supported annually. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation, enabling service members to receive this training at no cost. Prior to VET S.T.E.P., NY CREATES offered “mini” Advanced Manufacturing Technician workshops to Fort Drum soldiers and veterans. Since 2016, 90 have been trained.

Each year approximately 200,000 members of the U.S. Armed Forces, stationed in over 140 military installations in the U.S. and overseas, separate from active duty. It has been well documented that far too many veterans struggle to find meaningful employment after leaving military service. The Department of Defense’s SkillBridge programs provide retiring and transitioning service members with the opportunity to participate in industry training programs during their last 180 days of service, while covering the service member’s pay and benefits.

VET S.T.E.P. closely aligns with the state’s unwavering commitment to those who served and the initiatives that help and support the more than 714,000 veterans and their families who call New York State home. At least 60 unique state benefits are currently available to veterans, service members, and their families, including educational benefits, and priority access to job assistance, to accessing to service-connected disability compensation, and more. 

If you are interested in participating in VET S.T.E.P., please contact Kate Alcott at alcottk@sunypoly.edu or visit https://ny-creates.org/vet-s-t-e-p-semiconductor-training-experience-program/ for more information. 

For more information on services available to veterans in New York State, please visit https://veterans.ny.gov/

This initiative builds upon the Governor’s robust commitment to workforce development and training for in-demand skills. In her State of the State address, the Governor announced the New York State Office of Strategic Workforce Development, which will be charged with improving the State’s workforce development programs and practices to better align with the needs and priorities of today’s employers. The Governor committed significant multi-year funding to support the Office, which was approved in the FY2023 budget, and a search is underway to hire personnel to implement and lead the State’s ambitious efforts. 

Senator Chuck Schumer said, “Our soldiers already protect America’s future on the battlefields, and now thanks to the VET S.T.E.P program New York’s veterans can continue to preserve America’s global leadership and national security through good-paying careers in semiconductor manufacturing right here in the Empire State. New York is home to a top-notch workforce, which this program will further grow to tap into the major expansion in the microchip industry driven by my U.S. Innovation and Competition Act and the historic $52 billion in federal incentives I’ve included for domestic semiconductor R&D and manufacturing. A job is one of the most important parts of a veteran’s return to civilian life, and this program will ensure our vets aren’t left behind and can get the training and skills they need to be successful in their life after the military and to be a part of a fast-growing industry in the state.”

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said, “After dedicating years to serving our country, too many veterans leave the military and struggle to find meaningful employment. VET S.T.E.P. is an innovative program that will help veterans transition into civilian careers in growing fields and will play a key role in developing talent for New York’s semiconductor industry. I thank Governor Hochul for her work getting this program off the ground, and as chair of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, I’ll keep fighting to make sure our New York veterans have the support they need to reintegrate into civilian life.”

Representative Jerrold Nadler said, “Preparing our service members for careers in microelectronics is an excellent decision. As our nation continues to innovate in renewable energy and technology, it is imperative that we build the infrastructure that we need to stay competitive globally. Governor Hochul has been a tremendous leader in keeping New York at the forefront of semiconductor development and manufacturing, and I look forward to continuing to work with her.”

Representative Paul Tonko said, “Investing in the semiconductor industry offers an incredible opportunity to bolster domestic supply chains and drive American competitiveness, all while creating good-paying manufacturing jobs. I’m working to deliver these critical investments at the federal level, including fighting to advance the historic CHIPS for America Act and my Micro Act under the House passed America COMPETES Act. This pioneering training initiative announced today will also advance this growing industry in our region, which is why I was proud to vote to fund this program under our last appropriations package. I thank Governor Hochul for her work facilitating this program that will strengthen our economy, and support our veterans.”

Representative Joe Morelle said, “As I member of the House Armed Services Committee, I am committed to supporting our servicemembers at every step of their career, which is why I appreciate Governor Hochul’s commitment to providing the training necessary to ensure a successful transition into civilian life through VET S.T.E.P. New York. Expanding the SkillBridge program to include workforce development in critical semiconductor technology will build New York’s regional economic resilience and make our area a global competitor in this field.”

SUNY Interim Chancellor Deborah F. Stanley said, “Veterans, though coming from wide-ranging fields within their branches of service, typically share many of the same attributes: attention to detail, discipline, and a willingness to work harder. After dedicating years of their lives to a specific skillset, a Veteran may find the skill does not directly translate to a job in civilian life. I am proud to say we are helping to bridge that gap, to fully utilize the gifts and talents these highly driven individuals have to offer to the New York State workforce. My thanks to Governor Kathy Hochul for recognizing the talents and potential of our Veterans, and connecting them to their next mission.”

Mohawk Valley Community College President Randy VanWagoner said, “Since 1946, as one of five post-secondary institutions established on an experimental basis after World War II, Mohawk Valley Community College has served U.S. veterans by providing valuable resources and supporting their educational success. We are proud to be part of this project and continue the tradition of helping veterans make a successful transition back into the community and preparing for the future.”

Fort Drum Transition Services Manager Craig A. McNamara said, “There is no better way to appreciate our Soldiers, Veterans, and their Families’ sacrifice than equipping them to live meaningful productive lives after their service to our nation.  VET S.T.E.P offers significant opportunity for professional growth for our Soldiers, Veterans and Families, and demonstrates valued collaboration between New York State, the Fort Drum Transition Assistance Program, SUNY, NY CREATES, and industry.”

Indium Corporation Talent Acquisition Supervisor Jim McCoy said, “Indium Corporation is excited to be an industry partner with the VET S.T.E.P. Career Skills Program to help armed forces members from across the country make permanent homes in our communities. We recently welcomed two service members from Fort Drum to our team and look forward to helping many more find fulfilling careers in the semiconductor industry through this collaboration.”

GlobalFoundries Human Resources Operations Vice President Mike Leary said, “We applaud Governor Hochul on the approval of VET S.T.E.P. as an official Career Skills Program. We value the leadership, communication, decision-making, and technical skills of service members, and this program will help to connect vital training and experiences with industry partners like GlobalFoundries as we support veterans and their career goals.”

Wolfspeed Chief Human Resources Officer Margaret Chadwick said, “Wolfspeed is committed to hiring a diverse group of individuals with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. As we continue to ramp up production at our Silicon Carbide semiconductor manufacturing facility in Marcy, New York, programs such as VET S.T.E.P. are instrumental in recruiting top talent. Candidates with a military background are an outstanding fit for our team-oriented culture.  We are excited to be one of the employers actively involved in the program and look forward to expanding our partnership with new additions to the team.” 




For Immediate Release: Monday, May 16, 2022

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

Proposed Site Expansion Includes Construction of 50,000 Square-Feet of New Cleanrooms, 400 Space Parking Garage, and Updates to Important Infrastructure

The New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering and Science (NY CREATES) today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to expand the Albany Nanotech Complex, which will enable new and current partners to grow operations in New York and further advance the state-of-the-art research and development, education, and technology commercialization taking place at the Complex.

The RFP was issued on Monday, May 16, 2022, and seeks services for the design and construction of new clean rooms, parking structures, pedestrian walkways, and other facilities at the Albany Nanotech Complex.

“The semiconductor industry is poised for significant growth and by expanding the Albany Nanotech Complex, we can ensure New York is well-positioned to attract new and growing industry partners,” said David Anderson, President of NY CREATES. “Our existing cleanrooms are fully occupied and we have several partners looking to increase their footprint in New York.  With major Federal investments in the semiconductor industry likely on the way, now is the time to build NanoFab Reflection and other infrastructure in order to meet the future need for more capacity.”

“SUNY Poly is acting as the lead agency for SEQR (New York’s State Environmental Quality Review Act process) in cooperation with NY CREATES, and together, we look forward to the opening of the new fab, “NanoFab Reflection,” which will facilitate the types of academic-industry research, development, and commercialization partnerships that support Governor Kathy Hochul’s innovation-based vision,” said SUNY Poly Acting President Dr. Tod A. Laursen. “By continuing to enhance SUNY Poly’s experiential learning opportunities in the critical areas of nanoscale science and nanoscale engineering, this effort will continue fostering New York State’s long-term standing as the nation’s high-tech hub for advanced chip research.”

The 1.65 million-square-foot Albany Nanotech Complex has 152,000 square feet of cleanroom space, all of which is currently occupied by NY CREATES or industry partners including Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron (TEL), and IBM. The site is ready for expansion in order to accommodate the growth of both existing and new partners. Additionally, with the potential for a significant Federal investment in the Albany Nanotech Complex and the semiconductor industry, the site is in a position to increase its capacity to meet future demand.

This proposed project includes the design and construction of a new cleanroom which will be located south of the existing NanoFab X Cleanroom buildings. Key components of the site expansion project include:

  • NanoFab Reflection (NFR) – a new building will be constructed with approximately 50,000 square feet of finished cleanroom fab. Multiple semiconductor tenants are anticipated to occupy this building.
  • An expansion for the existing HPM storage building.
  • The replacement of two existing electrical transformers with larger power transformers to increase overall power capacity.
  • A new four-level covered parking structure designed and constructed to accommodate 400 +/- new parking spaces, including 30 spots equipped with electric vehicle charging stations, to accommodate displaced existing surface parking. Provide vertical transportation to meet ADA requirements.

Additional information for interested bidders can be found on the New York State Contract Reporter and is available here. Responses are due by July 11, 2022, at 3PM.



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.


Governor Hochul Announces New Team to Guide State’s Strategy to Become the Nation’s Leading Hub for Semiconductor Research & Development and Manufacturing

Industry Veterans David Anderson and Dr. Douglas Grose Will Lead Effort to Bring Major Hub of the New National Semiconductor Technology Center to Albany Nanotech Complex

APRIL 22, 2022
Albany, NY

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the appointment of David Anderson as president of the New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering and Science. Anderson, an industry veteran with decades of experience, will team with Dr. Douglas Grose, past president and former chair of NY CREATES, to lead the State’s strategy for securing billions of dollars in federal funding to establish the Albany Nanotech Complex as a primary research and development hub and the headquarters of the proposed National Semiconductor Technology Center.

“As supply chain concerns and global conflicts continue to impact the production of microchips, New York stands ready to spearhead the revitalization of the semiconductor industry domestically,” Governor Hochul said. “The experience and expertise of David Anderson and Dr. Douglas Grose will play a key role in our efforts to drive the nation’s innovation economy forward as we continue our economic comeback from COVID-19. I look forward to these industry players leading the way and we will remain laser-focused on growing this crucial industry, which will cement New York as the national hub for semiconductor manufacturing.”

David Anderson joins NY CREATES after most recently serving as President for SEMI Americas, a division of SEMI, the leading global industry association for the electronics manufacturing and design supply chain. Anderson brings the knowledge and skills necessary to lead the statewide organization into its next chapter of innovation and success, with his decades of experience in the semiconductor and microelectronics industries, leadership positions with multiple associations and consortia, and expertise on global supply chain issues.

In his role as president, Anderson will be responsible for providing strategic leadership to the organization and overseeing a program portfolio that currently consists of 10 sites throughout the state, with expenditures in excess of $350 million annually from current industry and state partners, and federal government research and economic development programs. Anderson will also focus on preparing the Albany Nanotech site to serve the federal government’s needs, including maintaining and growing industry partnerships and advancing initiatives to build new, state-of-the-art cleanroom space.

With federal opportunities at a critical juncture, NY CREATES is also bringing on Dr. Douglas Grose as a consultant. Dr. Grose will focus on collaborating with new and current partners in structuring, directing, and implementing the work necessary to complete a submission to the U.S. Department of Commerce for the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC) and National Advanced Packaging Manufacturing Program (NAPMP) that includes R&D locations throughout the U.S. and is headquartered at the Albany Nanotech Complex. Dr. Grose’s decades of experience, relationships, and institutional knowledge of both New York and the nation’s semiconductor ecosystem make him uniquely qualified to serve in this important role.

NY CREATES President David Anderson said, “It is an honor to join Governor Hochul and the New York Team during this challenging, but exciting time for the semiconductor industry. Our organization is in a prime position to help the nation and one of my top priorities will be growing and preparing the Albany Nanotech Complex for the role it will serve as part of the NSTC. At NY CREATES, I look forward to working with our partners in industry, government, and academia, to foster new and innovative R&D initiatives and generate economic opportunities across New York State.”

Dr. Douglas Grose said, “The legislation under consideration by Congress represents a historic investment in American innovation and ingenuity, and we must be prepared to respond. New York and its partners can take a lead role with its world-class infrastructure and proven track record in joint research and development and public-private partnerships, however, we understand we can’t do it alone. I look forward to working with our broad coalition and establishing new partnerships as we develop a proposal for the Federal government that secures funding and establishes New York as a major hub of the NSTC.”

In order to tackle the global semiconductor shortage, Congress is advancing legislation including the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), which, among other things, would fully fund the $52 billion Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors for America Act (CHIPS Act). The CHIPS Act presents the most significant opportunity in a generation for the U.S. to re-emerge as a global leader in microelectronics R&D, workforce education and training, and supply chain transformation by establishing the NSTC and building new domestic manufacturing facilities.

New York State, due to its infrastructure, workforce, and history of public-private partnerships, is uniquely positioned to support the federal government’s commitment to focusing on semiconductor research and development and is working with a broad coalition of partners from industry, government, academia, and national laboratories to support the initiative. Last month, New York joined with more than 50 organizations from nearly 20 states, including ASML, Microsoft, Applied Materials, TEL, SUNY, MIT, Howard University, IBM and others, to launch the American Semiconductor Innovation Coalition (ASIC) with a shared, national vision of an NSTC that will accelerate semiconductor R&D and grow America’s edge in semiconductor innovation. 

The centerpiece of New York’s strategy is the Albany Nanotech Complex – the most advanced, publicly-owned 300mm semiconductor R&D facility in North America and one of the most advanced sites in the world. The $15 billion site, with tenants like Applied Materials, IBM, and TEL, and a workforce of more than 2,700 industry experts, staff, students, and faculty, has a successful record of managing open-access R&D consortia with corporate and academic partners in the hundreds across the state and the U.S. It’s also where major semiconductor industry breakthroughs have been achieved, including the world’s first 7 nanometer (nm), 5nm, and 2nm chip technology, Artificial Intelligence hardware, and integrated photonics. Two of the world’s top three fastest supercomputers currently run on technology developed at the Albany Nanotech Complex.

Albany Nanotech and its partners have been fundamental to establishing and growing the semiconductor industry in New York, which has led to the state boasting the third-largest semiconductor ecosystem in the U.S., including 88 semiconductor establishments, an annual wage impact of approximately $5.7 billion, and more than 34,000 direct jobs, as well as global industry leaders like GlobalFoundries, Wolfspeed, Danfoss and onsemi. The Empire State is also home to the most comprehensive higher education system in the country – the State University of New York (SUNY) – as well as two Ivy League universities and a vast network of public and private institutions which, together, graduate more than 40,000 STEM-related degrees each year.

Additionally, New York State has multiple shovel-ready sites primed for investment and new fabs for the semiconductor industry, with developed infrastructure and plentiful power, water and sewer capacity. These sites include White Pine in Central New York, Marcy Nanocenter in the Mohawk Valley, and STAMP in Western New York. In an effort to attract more chip production to New York, Governor Hochul recently launched the new FAST NY program, which makes up to $200 million available for growing high-tech industries, particularly semiconductor manufacturing.

New York State Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President and CEO-designate Hope Knight said, “The groundbreaking advancements that have been made at the Albany Nanotech Complex are a testament to the valuable partnership that exists between all levels of government, academia and private industry.  There is no better place for the headquarters for the National Semiconductor Technology Center than in Albany and I am extremely confident that this team of David Anderson and Doug Grose have the knowledge, expertise and leadership to continue the excellence that we expect from NY CREATES, especially as we navigate the global chip shortage.

SUNY Interim Chancellor Deborah F. Stanley said, “New York is an innovation hub like no other, fostering groundbreaking public and private partnerships regionally and nationwide, expanding educational opportunities, and developing chips that power everyday life for all Americans. Through close collaboration with industry and partner universities – empowered by investment from the State of New York – we are home to a one-of-a-kind 300mm prototyping facility, the workforce needed for the U.S. to establish itself as the global semiconductor leader, and the academic programs that train the next generation of workers. I thank Governor Hochul for bringing together a leadership team in David Anderson and Doug Grose that will build even further on this work and cement Albany Nanotech’s status as the national hub for semiconductor research and development.”

Senator Chuck Schumer said, “Today’s announcement that these top industry leaders will lead New York’s semiconductor development validates and supports my goal to make the Albany Nanotech Complex America’s leading hub for chip research and development.  When I wrote the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act and the historic $52 billion in new federal semiconductor incentives, which will create the National Semiconductor Technology Center, I always had our Nanotech Complex at the front of mind. That’s why I personally brought Secretary Raimondo and Deputy Secretary Graves to Albany to see how Upstate New York is uniquely suited to lead the revival of the U.S. chip industry, supercharge American leadership in technology and manufacturing, and bring countless new, good-paying additional jobs to the Capital Region.”

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said, “NY CREATES is a world-class innovation hub and will play a key part in our efforts to combat the global shortage of semiconductors. Congratulations to David Anderson on his appointment and I look forward to working together to strengthen domestic manufacturing and support research and development in New York.”

Representative Jerrold Nadler said, “I am thrilled that Governor Hochul is prioritizing the research, development and production of semiconductors. These new appointments will ensure New York is properly positioned to lead the charge to solve the global semi conductor shortage. I am proud to have supported the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act which will help New York, and the country, remain a global leader in technology and R&D.”

Representative Carolyn Maloney said, “I congratulate David Anderson and Dr. Douglas Grose on their appointments to lead NY CREATES. They both bring a wealth of knowledge and dedication to make New York State the leading hub for semiconductor research and development. At the federal level, I am proud and excited to be a NY CREATES partner by championing the America COMPETES Act, a bold legislative package which will make necessary new investments in research, innovation, and American manufacturing. This package will accelerate the production of critical semiconductor chips in the United States, strengthen the supply chain by making more goods at home, turbocharge our research capacity to lead the technologies of the future, and advance our global competitiveness, all while supporting strong labor standards and human rights.”

Representative Paul Tonko said, “Our Capital Region is home to pioneering research and manufacturing centers that will play a key role in driving the semiconductor industry to new heights. I’m fighting hard to deliver federal investments in this field, including advancing our America COMPETES Act—which includes my Micro Act to support research and development of microelectronics, as well as significant funding for the historic CHIPS for America Act. I applaud Governor Hochul on her bold leadership and look forward to working alongside her to secure resources that will enable our region to lead the nation and world in semiconductor manufacturing.”

Representative Joe Morelle said, “New York has always been a leader in high-tech innovation, and the NY CREATES team will help further cement that legacy by advancing critical research and development in the semiconductor and microelectronics industries. I’m proud to have been appointed to the Conference Committee to advance the federal America COMPETES and USICA legislation that will leverage assets like this to benefit our national economy. I’m grateful to Governor Hochul for her partnership and look forward to the work ahead to strengthen America’s global competitiveness, grow our economic interests, and bolster our workforce.”

Representative Jamaal Bowman said, “I share Governor Hochul’s vision for making New York our nation’s center of semiconductor innovation. In addition, I have been fighting in Congress to bring home federal investments in this space that will be truly and equitably transformative. I look forward to working with the Governor and her new team to bring these jobs to communities that need them, fully unleash the high-tech brilliance of our state, and give every New Yorker a seat at the table in building the next economy.”

State Senator Neil Breslin said, “The Governor has announced two prominent leaders, David Anderson and Dr. Douglas Grose, to guide the Albany Nanotech Complex’s semiconductor strategy. Mr. Anderson and Dr. Grose are the leaders that the Albany Nanotech Complex needs in order to bring increased semiconductor business to New York State, along with the advantages this highly skilled job industry brings to our region.”

Assemblymember John T. McDonald III said,“Congratulations to the new leadership team on spearheading the charge for the Albany Nanotech Complex. These experienced leaders will ensure that Albany Nanotech will continue to grow and to be on the forefront of emerging industries and opportunities. Albany Nanotech, an idea supported by the Assembly over 20 years ago, has grown the technology sector of our economy which has led to private sector investment and career jobs that have fortified and expanded our Capital Region economy.  The new leadership team I believe is the right mix as our federal government is recognizing our assets and strengths which I believe will lead to greater federal and private investment here in our region and throughout New York.   Thank you to Governor Hochul for continuing to solidify New York’s place as a leader in the semiconductor field.”

Assemblymember Patricia Fahy said, “New York State and the Capital Region continue to cement themselves as the national leader in artificial intelligence and the technology of tomorrow. The appointments of David Anderson and Dr. Douglas Grose furthers this mission and will help to establish Albany Nanotech Complex as the primary research and development hub and the headquarters of the proposed National Semiconductor Technology Center. Combined with yesterday’s announcement of a re-built Wadsworth Laboratory, we are well-poised to transform the state’s Harriman Office Campus and to catapult the Capital Region into the nation’s next research triangle.”

Assemblymember Carrie Woerner said, “I applaud the addition of David Anderson and Dr. Douglas Grose to the State’s ongoing progress in nurturing the semiconductor industry in New York State. Their knowledge and experience will help move these projects and technology forward to the benefit of the industry and the people of this state. New York has all the tools and resources necessary to implement cutting edge research and development, and the commitment to this caliber of leadership will strengthen the State’s position in this critical and developing field.”

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy said, “Simply put, there is no other place better positioned in this country to locate the National Semiconductor Technology Center than Albany County. Between Albany Nanotech, and SUNY Poly College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and a number of key industry leaders, we are ready to hit the ground running and ensure that the U.S. can produce desperately needed microchips, which will in turn drive down the price of many consumer goods and help us compete with China. Governor Hochul deserves credit for bringing together this team that has the knowledge and experience to potentially make New York the center of the entire semiconductor industry.”

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said, “I want to welcome David Anderson and Dr. Douglas Grose as the new leaders in the effort to establish the Albany Nanotech Complex as a primary research and development hub and the headquarters of the proposed National Semiconductor Technology Center. David Anderson and Dr. Douglas Grose are proven leaders in the industry and they bring the knowledge and expertise necessary to lead the New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering and Science into its next chapter of innovation and success. I applaud Governor Hochul for appointing these accomplished strategic leaders to spearhead this exciting and critical effort to secure billions of dollars in federal funding and maintain the Capital Region status as a major hub for semiconductor research and development.”

During his tenure at SEMI Americas, Anderson was responsible for accelerating industry standards, advocacy, community development, expositions, and programs and managed and nurtured relationships with SEMI members in the U.S. and around the globe, as well as with local associations and constituents in industry, government, and academia. He has held leadership positions at Fairchild Semiconductor, National Semiconductor, the Semiconductor Industry Suppliers Association, and SEMATECH. Anderson was also CEO and chairman of Novati Technologies, and previously held executive leadership positions for development foundries ATDF and SVTC Technologies. Anderson has a BS MSE from Purdue University and an MBA from Nasson College with advanced Doctoral studies in Industrial Engineering at Arizona State University.

Dr. Grose is the past president and former chair of NY CREATES, and now joins the organization for a six-month term as an independent contractor. He has built a successful career spanning decades in semiconductors and advanced microelectronics. From 2006 through 2009, Dr. Grose served as Senior Vice President of Technology Development, Manufacturing and Supply Chain at Advanced Micro Devices. In this role, he helped direct the formation of GlobalFoundries in Upstate New York, which is currently the second-largest pure-play semiconductor foundry. He served as the founding CEO of GlobalFoundries and directed the expansion of leading-edge technology capacity in Singapore, Germany and New York. Dr. Grose graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with an MBA and a BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Materials Engineering.

Albany Leaders Write to President Biden & Highlight Capital Region as Ideal Location for NSTC & Federal Semiconductor Investments

February 23, 2022

President Joseph R. Biden
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500


Dear President Biden,

Thank you for your unwavering support of U.S. semiconductor manufacturing. Your focus on this issue has the United States on the cusp of an historic investment in the industry. The need for this legislation is clear: pandemic-related disruptions to the global semiconductor supply chain have had a ripple effect on our economy, fueling inflation and highlighting the importance of domestic manufacturing.
The $52 billion CHIPS for America Fund included in both the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (S. 1260) and America COMPETES Act (H.R. 4521) provides needed incentives to increase domestic semiconductor production. We would like to bring to your attention a key provision of this legislation, the creation of a National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC), and highlight Albany, New York as the perfect location for such a Center.

The NSTC will serve as a hub that brings together industry, government, and academia to conduct advanced semiconductor research and prototyping to strengthen our domestic ecosystem. The Albany Nanotech Complex is the blueprint for this type of R&D collaboration, bringing together a public university, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, with industry leaders like IBM, Applied Materials Inc., Tokyo Electron Ltd., Intel Corp. and Wolfspeed Inc. Just in the last year, IBM and Intel announced a next-generation semiconductor research initiative at SUNY Polyi and IBM and Samsung announced that their Albany partnership had led to a semiconductor breakthrough with the potential to reduce energy usage by 85 percent.ii These are just two of many innovations that have emerged from Albany’s proven chip innovation ecosystem.

Albany is also the best choice to ensure that the NSTC is an instant success, thanks to our existing infrastructure, academic institutions, and our skilled and diverse workforce. These attributes are no doubt part of the reason GlobalFoundries chose to invest in a second chip factory in Malta, New York, just 25 miles north of Albany. As Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves saw when he visited in January, the Albany’s Nanotech Complex has the cleanroom and office infrastructure to immediately begin hosting the Center upon award. In addition, Albany Nanotech is already seeking the approvals needed to quickly expand its footprint.
Should the CHIPS for America Fund become a reality, the Department of Commerce should invest in what is already working. Senate Majority Leader Schumer, a tireless advocate for American semiconductor manufacturing, said it best: “there’s only one place for this center to be.”

IBM and 40+ business and academic leaders urge Congress to act on semiconductor crisis

January 13, 2022

New York State Congressional Delegation
United States Senate
United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Members of the New York Congressional Delegation:

The ongoing global semiconductor shortage is disrupting our supply chains, impacting consumers and businesses, and threatening our national security. This shortage exposes the lack of sustained domestic investment in the semiconductor industry and highlights the need for the United States to reinvest to guarantee a steady and secure supply of chips for long into the future.

We are a group of academics, businesses, government and non-profit leaders who are committed to leveraging existing semiconductor infrastructure in New York to combat the current shortage. Together, we urge you to pass the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), which, among other things, would fully fund the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors for America Act (CHIPS Act). Funding the CHIPS Act will accelerate investments in new manufacturing facilities, boost domestic semiconductor production, and establish a National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC) and the National Advanced Packaging Manufacturing Program.

The NSTC will serve as a hub to marshal semiconductor expertise and resources to deliver much-needed breakthroughs in chip innovation and production, and it will support a steady supply of chips now and long into the future. An advanced research hub like the NSTC will require a unique innovation ecosystem that is ‘prototype ready’ with first-class resources, scientists, facilities, and partners who can work quickly and efficiently to ease the global chip shortage and secure a strong domestic chip supply chain for the future.

As Senator Chuck Schumer said earlier this year and New York Governor Kathy Hochul recently wrote in Bloomberg, the NSTC needs a proven chip innovation ecosystem, which has a sophisticated infrastructure that is already operational and is backed by partner companies, academic institutions, and a highly skilled workforce. For instance, the Albany Nanotech Complex is the product of billions of dollars in public and private investment over two decades and now hosts more than 2,700 industry experts, staff, students, and faculty who have leveraged the center to produce leading edge semiconductor innovations such as the world’s first 2 nanometer node chip technology.

We have no time to waste. For the United States to retain its semiconductor leadership, we must act with speed and the NSTC should use existing assets to produce results quickly. To enable fast results, our group includes universities and academic institutions in New York and across the United States to strengthen the semiconductor R&D pipeline, cultivate a diverse and talented semiconductor workforce and translate technology into tangible business and consumer solutions.

How we rise to the challenge of building resiliency back into our semiconductor supply chain is a defining moment not only for the nation, but also New York State, to retain our position as a leader in semiconductor innovation, research expertise and the workforce of the future. Additionally, New York is uniquely positioned to support new American semiconductor fabs, as we have more shovel-ready sites than any other state and have already established the infrastructure needed for new chip fabrication.

That is why we urge the New York congressional delegation to support R&D, innovation and manufacturing by fully funding the CHIPS Act in USICA. In doing so, we can cement the United States’ leadership in the semiconductor industry and strengthen our supply chains, economy, and national security for years to come.

We look forward to working with you on this shared goal.


Jeffrey B. Shealy, PhD, MBA
Founder & CEO
Akoustis, Inc.

Daniel Leibholz
SVP & Chief Technology Officer
Analog Devices

Benjamin Bunday
AMAG Consulting

Ron Kelly
Chief Executive Officer

Vincent Guerriero
Sr. Director, Silicon Product Group – META Center
Applied Materials

Tom Kelly
Chief Executive Officer
Blue Cheetah

Doon Gibbs
Brookhaven Science Associates

Mark Eagan
President & Chief Executive Officer
Center for Economic Growth

Joshua C. Brumberg, Ph.D.
Dean of the Sciences, The Graduate Center
City University of New York

John L. Sheff
Director of Public & Industry Affairs

Hope Knight
Acting Commissioner
Empire State Development

James A. O’Neill, PhD
Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Thomas Caulfield
Chief Executive Officer
GlobalFoundries, U.S., Inc.

Heather Hage
President & CEO
Griffiss Institute

Brian Sapp
Senior Director
i3 Microsystems

Dr. Darío Gil
Senior Vice President and Director of Research

Loria Brown Gordon, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Du Bois – Harvey Honors College
Jackson State University

Dennis Ralston
Senior Director, Government Relations and Cooperative R&D

Mark Campito
Chief Executive Officer
Marktech Optoelectronics

Vladimir Bulovic

Steven J. DiMeo
Mohawk Valley EDGE

Christine B Whitman
Chairman & CEO
Mosaic Microsystems LLC

Tim Vehling
Senior Vice President, Product & Business Development

Ryan Silva
Executive Director
New York State Economic Development Council

Shahin Sharifzadeh
NexGen Power Systems Inc.

Paul Kelly
Chief Operating Officer

Hassane El-Khoury
President and CEO

Ganesh Subbarayan, Ph.D.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University

Robert Hull, Ph.D.
Acting Vice President for Research, Henry Burlage Jr. Professor of Engineering, and Director of Center for Materials, Devices, and Integrated Systems
Material Science and Engineering Department
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Paul Farrar Jr.
Vice President Strategy
SCREEN Semiconductor Solutions Co., Ltd

John Levy, Chief Executive Officer
Oleg Mukhanov, Chief Technical Officer

Johanna Duncan-Poitier
Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges and the Education Pipeline
State University of New York System Administration

Shadi Sandvik, PhD
State University of New York System Administration

Bahgat Sammakia, PhD
Vice President of Research
State University of New York at Binghamton

Krishnaswami Srihari, PhD
Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Science
State University of New York at Binghamton

Jon Longtin, PhD
Interim Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Stony Brook University-State University of New York

Rich Reeder, PhD
Vice President for Research
Stony Brook University-State University of New York

Mike O’Brien
Vice President
Synopsys, Inc.

Alexander Oscilowski
President, TEL Technology Center America

Mark Tolbert
President & CEO
Toptica Photonics, Inc.

Sameer Desai
Vice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations
TTM Technology

Venu Govindaraju, PhD
Vice President for Research and Economic Development
SUNY Distinguished Professor
University at Buffalo

Rashid Bashir
Dean, Grainger College of Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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Last Year, Schumer Brought Sec. Raimondo To Albany To Pitch Capital Region As The Home Of Future National Semiconductor Center; Schumer Doubles Down On Effort & Calls On Top Brass To Tour Albany Nanotech Campus & See World-Class Facility Firsthand

 New +30 Partner National Coalition – Including IBM, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, SUNY, RPI, & MIT, Combined With Unique Support For Startups And Workforce– Makes NY Ideal Spot For NSTC

Schumer To Commerce Department: Come See For Yourself Everything Albany Has To Offer — Albany Nanotech For The NSTC Is A Win-Win-Win; Will Create 1,000+ Good Paying NY Jobs, Supercharge American Manufacturing for the National Semiconductor Industry, And Maintain Global U.S. Tech Leadership

After years of staunch advocacy to invest in domestic semiconductor manufacturing and R&D, including in New York, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer successfully passed his U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) in the Senate and immediately brought Secretary Raimondo to the Capital Region to pitch the Albany Nanotech Complex as the ideal hub for the nation’s first National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC) and National Advanced Packaging Manufacturing Program (NAPMP), two programs that will be funded by USICA.

To continue this momentum, in a letter sent this week, Schumer directly urged Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Commerce Deputy Secretary Don Graves to tap New York’s premier assets for positioning the U.S. to lead the global chip industry, including the multibillion dollar Albany Nanotech Complex, which he personally invited them to visit to see first-hand how it is a model for the NSTC and NAPMP. Schumer also revealed that Albany Nanotech has assembled a national coalition of over 30 partners across industry, academia, and economic development to compete to be the central hub for the NSTC and NAPMP.

“As Secretary Raimondo heard this summer: Upstate New York’s unique combination of a robust semiconductor supply chain, world-class workforce, sites primed for investment that feature low-cost reliable power and water infrastructure, renowned higher education institutions, and premier facilities like the Albany Nanotech Complex means it has all the ingredients to power and revive the U.S. chip industry, including serving as the hub for the nation’s first National Semiconductor Technology Center and Advanced Packaging Manufacturing Program. Now, it’s time for the Commerce Department to see this unique cauldron of innovation and groundbreaking, collaborative research first-hand,” said Senator Schumer. “I wrote and championed the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act with Upstate New York and facilities like the Albany Nanotech at the forefront of my mind. That is why I personally invited Secretary Raimondo and Deputy Secretary Graves with me to the Capital Region to join me for a tour to see for the first time just how ideally Albany Nanotech’s national partnerships and infrastructure are uniquely suited to lead the NSTC, quickly serve the needs of the nation’s semiconductor industry, and supercharge American chip production and leadership in technology.” 

“NY CREATES has a track record of building connections and capabilities with emerging technology ecosystem partners in academia, industry and government,” said Paul Kelly, Chief Operating Officer, NY CREATES. “Whether it’s working with SUNY and private universities, start-up companies or global leaders, we are actively engaged with a broad cross-section of partners and working to advance technology development in areas ranging from computing to nano-biology. Albany Nanotech’s existing facilities and ecosystem of more than 20 innovative partners collaborating on leading edge semiconductor R&D should be the model for greater national collaboration for the future NSTC.” 

In just the past few months, the Albany Nanotech innovation ecosystem has delivered major leaps forward in semiconductor technology, from unlocking the promise of 2-nanometer technology to chip designs that could cut energy consumption up to 85 percent. No other site in the country is as well suited to accelerate and expand access to American chip innovation than New York’s unique ecosystem, including the Albany Nanotech Complex and a network of universities and small and large businesses that reaches across the state and country,” said Darío Gil, Senior Vice President, IBM and Director of Research.

Schumer included in USICA $52 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations to implement the semiconductor-related manufacturing and R&D programs he had successfully pushed to authorize in the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act; including $10.5 billion appropriated upfront and allocated over 5 years to implement programs like the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC), National Advanced Packaging Manufacturing Program (NAPMP), and other R&D programs. Funds will also support legacy chip production at companies like GlobalFoundries that is essential to the auto industry, the military, and other critical industries. Schumer is now actively working with President Biden and Speaker Pelosi for the House to move USICA to final passage into law.

Schumer said that Albany Nanotech is the most “shovel-ready” R&D facility in the country to quickly stand up the NSTC and NAPMP. Albany Nanotech is the most advanced, publicly-owned, 300-millimeter semiconductor R&D facility, has well established partnerships with industry leaders and top academic research institutions, including in critical logic and packaging capabilities, and is set up to immediately begin supporting the needs of the broader semiconductor ecosystem, including startups, small businesses, and the workforce. New York is currently home to 88 semiconductor companies that employ over 34,000 New Yorkers, including global industry leaders like GlobalFoundries, Wolfspeed, onsemi, and IBM. In addition, New York offers shovel ready sites primed for further investment by the semiconductor industry, including: White Pine in Central New York, Marcy Nanocenter in the Mohawk Valley, and STAMP in Western New York.

Senator Schumer has a long history of fighting to advance semiconductor manufacturing and R&D in Upstate New York. Last year, Schumer  brought Secretary Raimondo to Malta, NY to announce GlobalFoundries’ plans to build a second chip fab to focus primarily on auto and military chip production, creating thousands of construction and permanent jobs, on top of the 3,000 workers that GlobalFoundries already employs in Malta, and helping to expand domestic supply chains of critical chip technology. During this visit, Schumer also arranged for a meeting between Secretary Raimondo and Albany Nanotech stakeholders, including NY CREATES and IBM, to discuss how New York is well-positioned to quickly stand up the NSTC to serve the needs of the nation’s semiconductor industry. Since that meeting, a coalition of over 30 national partners from industry, academia, and economic development has formed to prepare for Albany Nanotech’s application to compete for the NSTC and NAPMP.  

A copy of Schumer’s letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Deputy Secretary Don Graves appears below:

Dear Secretary Raimondo and Deputy Secretary Graves:

I first want to thank you and President Biden for your leadership in strengthening domestic supply chains and ensuring the U.S. remains on the cutting-edge of new research and development (R&D). As you know, I led the effort to pass in the Senate the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) to advance these efforts. Given the chip shortage faced by the nation and that the U.S. is losing its leadership role in the chip industry, I prioritized the inclusion of $52 billion in emergency spending to implement the semiconductor manufacturing and R&D programs that I successfully pushed to authorize in the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (Public Law 116–283). As we work with the House to pass a final USICA bill into law and as the Administration begins planning for implementation of the semiconductor programs, I want to highlight for you the central role New York can play in quickly expanding domestic chip production and enhancing the nation’s R&D leadership. In particular, New York is perfectly positioned as a model for the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC) and National Advanced Packaging Manufacturing Program (NAPMP), and I would invite you and your team back to New York to see first-hand New York’s premier assets for the nation’s competitiveness in the semiconductor industry.

Decades of private and public investment has positioned New York as a leader in the semiconductor industry. New York is currently home to 88 semiconductor companies that employ over 34,000 New Yorkers, including global industry leaders like GlobalFoundries, Wolfspeed, onsemi, and IBM. New York is primed to support an expansion of domestic chip production, as you saw first-hand in your participation in GlobalFoundries’ announcement last year of their plans to build a second fab in the Albany region. The state also offers several shovel ready sites: White Pine in Central New York, Marcy Nanocenter in the Mohawk Valley, and STAMP in Western New York. These sites all offer low-cost, reliable water and power infrastructure and access to a world-class workforce.

Additionally, New York is home to the multibillion-dollar Albany Nanotech Complex, affiliated with the State University of New York (SUNY). Albany Nanotech is the most “shovel-ready” R&D site in North America, comprising the most advanced, publicly-owned, 300-millimeter semiconductor R&D facility. Albany Nanotech is led by NY CREATES, which serves as a resource for public-private and academic partnerships not only across the state but also the world. The Albany facility also specializes in commercialization projects, enabling access to semiconductor design and prototyping for startups, smaller businesses, and universities, as well as helping to attract investment for entrepreneurs. In fact, Albany Nanotech is already set up to help startups and the broader ecosystem and can help create hundreds of new U.S. semiconductor companies as the NSTC. This capability allows Albany Nanotech to uniquely fulfill a necessary goal of the NSTC of serving the needs of the entire domestic semiconductor ecosystem, and not just larger companies.

Furthermore, Albany Nanotech is well positioned to develop the nation’s semiconductor workforce with strong university partnerships across the SUNY system and with top engineering schools like Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteCornell, Clarkson, Columbia, and Rochester Institute of Technology. Albany Nanotech also has developed partnerships with premier universities outside of New York like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University, and University of Arizona and is focused on working with community colleges and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to prioritize the development of a diverse workforce for the industry. Additionally, late last year, SUNY Polytechnic Institute announced that they have developed with a collaboration of companies a Career Alignment Platform initiative, which is partially funded by $1.25 million from the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, to provide students and existing workers with training and career pathway support through the Albany Nanotech Complex to access jobs in the semiconductor industry.

From a technical perspective, Albany Nanotech works with several industry leaders and end-users, with a focus on logic and packaging capabilities, among many others. These industry partners include IBM, Applied Materials, onsemi, Saab, Lockheed-Martin, Tokyo Electron Ltd., and Wolfspeed. New York is also home to the federally-funded AIM Photonics Manufacturing USA institute, a cutting-edge packaging R&D program, which combined with Danfoss’s power electronics packaging facility in Marcy, NY, among other assets, positions the state to achieve meaningful and quick outcomes for the NAPMP.

In preparation to compete for the NSTC and NAPMP, I am pleased to share that Albany Nanotech has already started to build a national coalition of over 30 partners across industry and academia. Establishing Albany Nanotech as the central hub for NSTC and NAPMP would allow the Federal government to leverage billions of dollars in other public and private investment that has stood up cutting-edge R&D infrastructure and partnerships that will ensure in a matter of months that real results can be achieved by the NSTC and NAPMP for companies of all sizes and the broader domestic semiconductor industry. Time is of the essence for our nation’s competitiveness, and Albany Nanotech is uniquely suited to drive the rapid progress America needs.

I appreciate all of your partnership to date on passing USICA into law and look forward to continuing to work with you on implementation of these critical programs, including investment in New York to advance the nation’s competitiveness. I also am very appreciative that you took time during your Albany visit last year to meet with Albany Nanotech stakeholders to begin to learn about the unique, highly effective public-private model they offer for NSTC and the NAPMP. I invite you and your team to join me in now touring the Albany Nanotech Complex so you can see the facility, as well as be briefed on Albany Nanotech’s newly formed coalition of national partners brought together to prepare for implementation of the NSTC and NAPMP. Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.