Air Force, Navy accelerate Quantum Research with international virtual event

Rome, N.Y. – The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate is spearheading an international alliance of principal investigators across government, academia and industry to accelerate quantum enabling technologies.

Innovare Advancement Center, a partnership between the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate, New York State, Oneida County, New York, the City of Rome, New York, the Griffiss Institute, NYSTEC, and The State University of New York, announce the 18 research teams from around the world who have qualified for awards for their potentially game-changing quantum research and innovations as part of the live, virtual “Million Dollar International Quantum U Tech Accelerator.” This global engagement took place September 1-3, and boasted cross-department support from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and Office of Naval Research.

Over 1,000 top-tier researchers, members of industry, higher education leaders, and members of the public from around the world, virtually attended this first-of-its-kind event centered around a $1 million quantum-focused pitch competition for university researchers. Notably, viewers took part and learned more about how advanced research, especially related to quantum, can lead to incredible technological progress, during the keynote, “Quantum Fundamentals for Everyone,” by astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force Acquisition Executive Dr. Will Roper.

Nearly 250 teams from 22 countries submitted proposals to take part in this unique pitch competition. Of those, 36 teams were selected to pitch their potentially game-changing concepts related to quantum timing, sensing, information processing/computing, and communications/networking at the event to an elite panel of judges. On Sept. 1-2, 36 teams pitched ideas ranging from quantum sensors for GPS-denied navigation and a chip-scale integrated quantum platform, to ion traps and innovative lasers, and on Sept. 3, 18 teams went on to qualify for a portion of the more than $1 million in basic research funding provided by the AFRL, AFOSR, and ONR.

The teams qualifying for the $1 million-plus in basic research funds are from the following universities from around the world: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), University of Arizona, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Institut d’Optique Graduate School, CNRS, The Australian National University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Melbourne, University of Chicago and, Monash University, University of California Santa Barbara, University of Texas at Austin and New York University, University of Queensland, University of Sydney, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Harvard University, Syracuse University, UC Berkeley.

During a very robust keynote conversation titled “Quantum Fundamentals for Everyone,” astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force Acquisition Executive Dr. Will Roper, spoke about quantum physics, quantum mechanics, the universe and even fine art.

“If you are a researcher, thank you for being here. We are rooting for you. I hope you win. I hope that you bring in that next spooky effect, that will eventually, hopefully, become commonplace for us, like the laser is today,” Dr. Roper said to the audience at the close of the keynote. “For the students who are here, we really welcome you. We are excited about your interest in science. The Air Force and the Space Force are great places to be scientists. We really, really love technology and science and service. We would like, at this event, which we will continue each year, to bring a new quantum phenomenon into the military. I don’t care what it is. We just want to start making this new battleground of physics something that is as commonplace as the airplane or satellite is today.”

The event also featured breakout sessions, “Coffee and Concepts” and “Poster Sessions,” with the purpose of stimulating collisions of thought through meeting new people, making connections and chatting about all-things quantum.

The “Million Dollar International Quantum U Tech Accelerator” was the kick-off event for the Innovare Advancement Center, the new open innovation campus located at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome, N.Y.

“The Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate welcomes you to the Innovare community, our launch pad for creative collisions among the international research community,” said Col. Timothy Lawrence, director of AFRL’s Information Directorate, during the opening ceremony. “The Air Force Research Laboratory launched the ‘1 Million Dollar International Quantum U Tech Accelerator’ in partnership with the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and Office of Naval Research, because we are focused, and we are motivated, and we know you are too, to accelerate the achievement of quantum breakthroughs that can elevate our game – in the air, on the land, at sea, in space and cyber space.”

“With the opening of the Innovare Advancement Center, we’re bringing together government, industry and academia, and it’s a great place for researchers from all around the world to come together and continue this important work,” said AFRL commander, Brig.  Gen. Heather Pringle, during opening remarks. “Quantum breakthroughs are challenging and it’s going to take all of us coming together, to solve them effectively.”

In addition to the above, honorable guest speakers from industry, academia and government also took part in the 3-day event, including: Office of The Under Secretary of Defense; U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy; Office of Naval Research; Air Force Office of Scientific Research; The Quantum Economic Development Consortium; IBM; Citigroup; NY Creates; Oneida County; University of Queensland Australia; Stony Brook University; SUNY Polytechnic Institute

As Innovare-connected research takes place at partnering organizations all over the world, the Innovare launch is concurrently a bold step forward in implementing the National Quantum Initiative Act, which aims to foster the development of a quantum technology ecosystem among government, industry, and academia.

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About AFRL

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is the primary scientific research and development center for the Department of the Air Force. AFRL plays an integral role in leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our air, space, and cyberspace force. With a workforce of more than 11,000 across nine technology areas and 40 other operations across the globe, AFRL provides a diverse portfolio of science and technology ranging from fundamental to advanced research and technology development. For more information, visit:

About Innovare Advancement Center

Innovare Advancement Center aims to be a global catalyst to converge world-class talent with cutting-edge facilities and focused technology challenges to accelerate the development of game-changing capabilities that protect and empower our country. An open innovation environment immediately adjacent to Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate in Rome, NY, Innovare Advancement Center offers a globally connected innovation ecosystem in which world-class scientific, engineering, and entrepreneurial talent from universities, government, and industry can leverage highly specialized resources in critical research areas, including artificial intelligence/machine learning, cybersecurity, quantum, and unmanned aerial systems to tackle the country’s greatest challenges to national security and economic competitiveness. To learn more, visit

By Deliarae Jesaitis, Air Force Research Laboratory Public Affairs / Published September 09, 2020

NY CREATES Announces New AIM Leadership

NY CREATES (New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering and Science) announce the appointment of Dr. Michael J. Cumbo as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics), a program of NY CREATES, effective July 6, 2020.  Dr. Cumbo succeeds Dr. Michael Liehr in the role.

AIM Photonics is the nation’s premier Photonic Integrated Chip (PIC) manufacturing institute advancing Integrated Photonic technology and workforce innovation. A public-private partnership, founded in 2015, AIM Photonics is celebrating 5 years of success and is nationally recognized for creating the world’s first open-access complete Integrated Photonic manufacturing ecosystem, which provides the photonic community and DoD access to a full suite of advanced technology, capabilities, and resources throughout the entire product development cycle.

“The AIM Photonics executive team is pleased to welcome Dr. Cumbo, a highly experienced and accomplished technology executive, as the next leader of this important manufacturing institute,” said Dr. Douglas Grose, President of NY CREATES.  “Mike brings valuable experience to AIM Photonics as a results oriented, customer-centric technology business leader, in addition to his proven ability to move technology and teams ‘from lab to fab,’ and transforming new technologies into profitable businesses.”

Empire State Development Acting Commissioner, and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “AIM Photonics is advancing New York State’s leadership in optics, photonics and imaging by attracting industry innovators from across the globe, building on Governor Cuomo’s targeted Upstate investment that has grown the Finger Lakes region as an OPI industry hub. Dr. Michael Cumbo’s experience and leadership will no doubt help AIM to further expand its presence both statewide and around the world and we are pleased to officially welcome him aboard as the consortium’s new CEO.”

“As we celebrate AIM Photonics’ 5 year anniversary, and look to the next 5 years, what better way to celebrate than to welcome back to Rochester, Michael Cumbo,” said Mr. Ed White, National Photonics Initiative Chairman and Associate Vice President for AIM Photonics Test, Assembly, and Packaging (TAP) facility in Rochester, NY.  “AIM Photonics will benefit significantly from Mike’s technology leadership expertise, and I look forward to working with him to continue the advancement of the TAP facility and sharing his vision for the next 5 years and beyond.”

Prior to his new role, Dr. Cumbo was Vice President of Optics for ZYGO Corporation, a unit of AMETEK, which designs, develops and produces complex electro-optical systems and high-precision optical components for the Medical/Life Sciences, Defense & Aerospace, Semiconductor, and Industrial OEM markets.  He had full P&L responsibility and drove significant improvements in the business during his tenure.  He is the Founder and Chairman of Sandia Electro-Optics Corporation (SE-OC), Albuquerque, NM, an employee-owned enterprise devoted to the incubation of innovative measurement instruments in the life science and environmental sensing market segments. 

Previously, Dr. Cumbo spent 30+ years managing various levels of photonic technology development across the globe, most recently as President of IDEX Optics & Photonics.  He also spent time as a key advisor and expert supporting improvement programs for a number of venture capital startups.  Prior to that, Dr. Cumbo managed various photonics based companies including; Executive Vice President and General Manager, Coherent, Inc., Vice President and General Manager, Uniphase Commercial Laser Division, Vice President of R&D and Chief Technical Officer, OCLI, Vice President and General Manager, OCLI Telecom Division, as well as a number of management and engineering positions with OCLI, Bausch & Lomb, and Eastman Kodak in his home town of Rochester, NY. 

Dr. Cumbo holds a Ph.D. in Optics, an M.S. in Optical Engineering, and a B.S. in Physics from the University of Rochester (UofR), as well as an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).  He has 11 patents, and authored 22 technical journal papers and conference proceeding articles.  He was chosen to announce the Prism award by SPIE at Photonics West 2012. 

NY CREATES COO Mr. Paul Kelly said, “AIM Photonics is leading how integrated photonics are developed and built and we’re proud to have such an exceptionally qualified leader to continue the program as part of the NY CREATES family, especially during AIM’s fifth anniversary.  We look forward to Mike leading the charge and taking AIM Photonics and Integrated Photonics to the next level.”

“I am excited to be joining the talented team at AIM Photonics, the nation’s premier Integrated Photonic manufacturing institute,” said Dr. Cumbo. “The recent innovations and applications demonstrated by AIM Photonics are already changing the world as we know it.  I’m honored to continue the efforts and look forward to expanding the technological opportunities in my home town of Rochester, NY, as well as within the state of New York and across the nation.”  

A vital component of NY CREATES is AIM Photonics, with more than 120 members, including those focused on data communications, sensors, quantum and neuromorphic computing.  AIM featured services include our industry leading Process Design Kit (PDK), Multi Project Wafer (MPW), and Test, Assembly and Packaging (TAP), which include a comprehensive set of silicon Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) devices enabling the implementation of next-generation products.

Dr. John Bowers, Deputy CEO of AIM Photonics, and distinguished professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials at University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) said, “We are just beginning to see the significant impact AIM Photonics is having on the world of integrated photonics.  There is so much more to accomplish, and it is a pleasure to have an individual of Mike’s qualifications leading us through the next phase.”

Dr. Cumbo will open the AIM Photonics 2020 Summer Members Meeting which is scheduled for July 15th, at 2:00PM (EST).   Details on the upcoming Members Meeting and additional events can be found at the AIM Photonics events website.


At 5-Year Mark, AIM Photonics Looks Back on Key Accomplishments, Future Goals

ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 16, 2020 — Since 2015, AIM Photonics has been at the forefront of New York’s success in the integrated photonics arena. Over the past five years, AIM has created a photonic integrated chip (PIC) manufacturing ecosystem, providing the photonics community with access to advanced technology, capabilities, and resources throughout the entire PIC product development cycle, from design, proof of concept, piloting, and development, to final test, assembly, and packaging, prior to commercialization.

This ecosystem has enabled small- and medium-size businesses, which would otherwise be priced out of the market, to bring integrated photonic chip (IPC) technologies through the product development cycle. Members  (there are over 120) and partners can use the resources provided by AIM without incurring prohibitive costs or risking more than they can afford. AIM’s test assembly and packaging (TAP) facility in Rochester, N.Y. — one of the organization’s primary achievements during its first five years — is the only 300-mm photonic packaging research facility in the world with open access.

“The test assembly and packaging facility is key to advancing the technology,” Ed White, AIM Photonics associate vice president and National Photonics chair, said. “Allowing companies to have access to the means to get their photonics product to market is something that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world, except in privately owned facilities.” The cost of developing a chip is very high, and assembly and packaging easily make up one-half of that cost, White said.

Ed White (left), associate vice president of AIM Photonics TAP facility and National Photonics Initiative chairman, describing how a 300-mm wafer is tested in the analytical lab. 


The TAP facility makes it possible for small companies that may need only one chip on a wafer to develop and produce only what they need. “We help them get in the game by giving them access to very expensive technology,” White said. “Their minimum run can be what they need it to be — one chip or 10 or 50. We can provide the means to package for as many or as few wafers as needed.” TAP has development and production process capabilities in wafer scale, chip scale, and I/O attach. The facility has state-of-the-art test and metrology capabilities for each of these functional areas.

AIM’s IPC development team in Albany, N.Y., is available to help AIM Photonics members with their IPC designs. The photonics member community can access design libraries created by AIM and then transfer that design to the chip development team in Albany. After the PIC is made, it’s transferred to the TAP facility for final test, assembly, and packaging.

AIM Photonics TAP engineer testing wafer in the analytical lab.


The AIM ecosystem — composed of the Process Design Kit (PDK), Multi Project Wafer (MPW), private and custom wafer runs, and the TAP facility — has led to significant advancements in PIC technologies over the past five years. “Many industry, government, and academic partners have stated that without the ecosystem, some of the current advancements would not have been possible for another five to 10 years,” Frank Tolic, chief marketing officer, said. Developments facilitated by the AIM ecosystem during its first five years include quantum photonic chips; advances in biomedical and biochemical sensors; optical transceivers that today perform at the speed of 400 to 800 Gb, and that in the future will perform at Tb speed; radio frequency (RF) over fiber applications; and lidar on a photonics chip.

Photonics in the Time of COVID
By drawing on its experience in managing product timelines and scaling production, AIM Photonics was able to respond quickly to the pandemic, submitting a proposal to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to be one of the first to support research in testing for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. AIM is helping industry, the DoD, and research labs collaborate on sensors for the testing, with the goal of having new sensors on inexpensive silicon chips by 2020-2021 flu season. While initial commercial rollout will be to clinical laboratories, the ultimate goal is to have a point-of-care SARS-CoV-2 test for use wherever flu tests are offered. AIM is facilitating a collaboration between the University of Rochester and Ortho Clinical Diagnostics to develop sensors for SARS-CoV-2 testing, and is partnering with researchers at SUNY Polytechnic Institute on the development of microfluidic devices for use in testing for SARS-CoV-2. 


Helping Lockheed Realize RF over Fiber Solutions for Its Platforms
Lockheed Martin is working with AIM Photonics to improve RF over a fiber network. Integrated photonics will allow the company to use more compact chips, reducing size and weight and saving power. IPCs will give its data communications more bandwidth and scalability. The business will be able to respond to new requirements quickly, without the need to re-cable, by moving existing fiber cabling to a different frequency and using multiplexing to put multiple sources of information on a single fiber. Lockheed has been a member of AIM Photonics since 2017.


Engineers analyzing AIM Photonics device structures in chips at TAP analytical lab.


AIM is working to extend its funding agreement with the DoD and the contracting process it uses in support of the congressional plus-up program. New York State has made a strategic investment in AIM Photonics, providing $250 million in funding. “A large portion of that was spent on the TAP facility in Rochester, on new metrology tools and equipment that is now being used by our members,” Tolic said.

In the next five years and beyond, AIM will seek to advance the IP ecosystem it has created through continued collaboration with its members and partners. Some existing and new technologies that AIM will focus on could include new PDKs for specific technologies such as sensors, packaging, and quantum. AIM will continue to welcome and support new ideas and collaborations from industry, academia, and government. It also intends to expand educational programs for PIC technology and applications, with a focus on expanding these programs to community colleges and undergraduate programs across the U.S.

Recently installed new equipment at Rochester, N.Y., TAP facility.


The AIM Photonics TAP facility continues to engage with existing and future clients. The TAP facility is currently engaged with more than 20 customer projects and is in discussions with a number of other organizations about future work. The interest in the AIM Photonics TAP facility is high among the photonics community. “Nearly half of the people who visited us at the last nonvirtual conference, Photonics West 2020, had a primary interest in the AIM Photonics TAP facility,” Tolic said. “We are working with several Rochester-based companies and universities, including Ortho Clinical, Syntec, L3Harris, Mosaic, UR, and RIT, and new companies are looking to work with us, especially in the areas of sensors and datacomm.”

If you are interested in learning more about how the AIM Photonics ecosystem can help you bring your idea for a photonics product to market, visit Your information will go directly to the AIM Photonics business development team. 

Jun 2020

NY CREATES Celebrates Fifth Anniversary of AIM Photonics

Albany, NY, June 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering and Science (NY CREATES) today announced AIM Photonics will be featured on the nationally broadcast educational program Information Matrix as part of its fifth anniversary celebration.  Formally established as the American Institute of Manufacturing Photonics in 2015, AIM Photonics has been at the forefront of New York’s success in the Integrated Photonics arena.

More than a decade ago, Department of Defense and DARPA funds were first committed to photonics programs at the Albany Nanotech site.  Industry collaboration and creative partnerships have driven this technology focus forward, as the next realm of integrated photonics design and devices are being developed at AIM Photonics facilities at NY CREATES in Albany and Rochester, NY, including the AIM Test, Assembly, and Packaging (TAP) facility.

The national broadcast on Information Matrix will be hosted by award-winning actor Laurence Fishburne on more than 200 public television stations beginning the week of May 25.  This segment was filmed on location at the TAP facility in Rochester, NY, the only open 300mm state-of-the-art photonic packaging research center in the world.  The video features some of the incredible innovations and applications of integrated photonics.

National Photonics Institute Chair Edward White said, “AIM Photonics represents the best in American innovation, leveraging the talent and expertise of some of New York’s best colleges and universities to develop new disruptive technology.  I’m excited to celebrate AIM’s fifth anniversary with this dynamic television program and hope to have even more exciting achievements to celebrate when AIM turns ten!”

NY CREATES COO Paul Kelly said, “AIM Photonics is leading a national charge to rethink how photonics are developed and built and we’re proud to have the program as part of the NY CREATES family.  This video program highlights the incredible innovations taking place at AIM Photonics and NY CREATES.  We’re proud to celebrate AIM’s fifth anniversary and look forward to the rest of the nation learning about the unmatched opportunity for collaborative partnerships and advancement here in New York.”

With public and private investment of more than $400 million, AIM Photonics has achieved a number of milestones in its five years, including:

  • Engaging with industry partners to advance telecom/datacom, Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) sensors, RF Analog applications, PIC based LIDAR, and advanced photonics packaging research in 2016;
  • Establishing the first qualified integrated photonic Process Design Kit with major EPDA partners in 2017;
  • Launching a national photonics multi-project wafer to advance commercialization opportunities in 2018;
  • Securing membership from more than 120 companies and organizations;
  • Producing the first-ever quantum photonic wafer for the Air Force Research Lab and the Department of Defense in 2019
  • Beginning operations of the first-ever open 300mm photonic packaging research facility 2018
  • Developing new integrated photonic sensors to advance COVID-19 tests on a global scale 2020

As a conduit for Empire State Development and the State University of New York, NY CREATES builds on the success of the State’s ongoing investment in programs such as Albany Nanotech, AIM Photonics, and SUNY Polytechnic Institute.  More recently, NY CREATES has worked to secure major research and industry investments in New York from Applied Materials, IBM, and Cree Wolfspeed.

A vital component of NY CREATES is AIM Photonics, with more than 120 members, including those focused on data communications, sensors, quantum and neuromorphic computing.  AIM featured services include industry leading Process Design Kit (PDK), Multi Project Wafer (MPW), and Test, Assembly and Packaging (TAP), which include a comprehensive set of silicon photonic integrated circuit (PIC) devices enabling the implementation of next-generation PIC technologies.

AIM Photonics Chief Marketing Officer Frank Tolic said, “Today, as New York continues its leadership role in photonics, power electronics, and semiconductors, it is vital to share that story with the nation.  As AIM celebrates our fifth anniversary, we are thrilled to tell the world about how this industry and investment is changing the world in which we live.”


Frank Tolic


AIM Photonics featured on Prime Time

AIM Photonics 5 year commercial airs on Fox Business Network this week on the following date(s) and time(s):

Thursday, May 21st: 8:32 PM EST, 7:32 PM CST, 6:32 PM MST, 5:32 PM PST, and Sunday, May 24th: 7:27 PM EST, 6:27 PM CST, 5:27 PM MST, 4:27 PM PST

NY CREATES Begins Discussions on New Strategic Relationship With SEMI

New Organization Driving Tech Investment and Growth in New York to Seek Comprehensive Industry Engagement with the World’s Largest Advanced Electronics Industry Association

Half Moon Bay, CA – The New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering and Science (NY CREATES) today announced discussions to form a new Strategic Engagement with SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics manufacturing and design supply chain. The announcement was made at the SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium, attended by several hundred C-Level semiconductor executives.

Formed as a new and flexible industry interface in New York, NY CREATES is tasked with bridging academic, research, and industry innovation of the advanced electronics sector in New York. As a conduit for Empire State Development and the State University of New York, NY CREATES builds on the success of the State’s ongoing investment in programs such as Albany Nanotech, AIM Photonics, and SUNY Polytechnic Institute.  More recently, NY CREATES has worked to secure major research and industry investments in New York from Tokyo Electron, Applied Materials, IBM, and Cree.

For more than two decades, industry, government, and academic partners in New York have worked with SEMI to grow the US’s newest semiconductor cluster. This engagement would formalize many of those relationships to build a workforce pipeline, provide industry guidance and standards, and drive advanced technology innovation.

As discussions continue, NY CREATES and SEMI will focus on key areas impacting the growth of the global advanced electronics industry, including:

  • Workforce Development – NY CREATES seeks to be an active and early partner in SEMI’s comprehensive workforce development program aimed at improving talent hiring and training in the microelectronics industry.
  • Standards Development – NY CREATES will continue to serve as a strong partner and resource in uniting public and private investment in alignment with SEMI standards. SEMI represents thousands of members across the supply chain in developing global standards.
  • Technology Advancement – As home to the most advanced collaborative semiconductor R&D in North America, NY CREATES offers unique global technology opportunities for SEMI members and represents more than $20 billion in public and private investment.

NY CREATES Chief Operating Officer Paul Kelly said, “Embarking on this new path with SEMI is an ideal next step for NY CREATES, as we seek to further establish our role as one of the world’s leading semiconductor R&D institutions.  We are thrilled to explore this opportunity and to advance this industry that impacts so much of our everyday lives.”

SEMI Americas President David Anderson said, “SEMI is eager to explore expanding its longstanding relationship with New York State through its newly established NY CREATES. Our discussions with NY CREATES are an important step in evaluating a potential collaboration to help build a world-class workforce and advance technology innovation.”



NY CREATES serves as New York’s bridge to the advanced electronics industry, as a resource for public-private and academic partnerships within New York State to create and lead industry connected innovation and commercialization projects that attract investment and create growth in high technology jobs. Formed in 2019, NY CREATES is led by Douglas Grose Ph.D., a respected former IBM Senior Executive and founding CEO of GlobalFoundries. Managing public and private investments of more than $20 billion and boasting more than 2700 industry experts and faculty, NY CREATES is a global leader in innovation and commercialization. Learn more at

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Empire State Development (ESD) and the State University of New York (SUNY) today announced the New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering and Science, or NY CREATES, held its first board meeting and is formally leading operations of Fuller Road (FRMC) and Fort Schuyler (FSMC) Management Corporations, two non-profits affiliated with the SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly). 

Since May 2018, ESD and SUNY have worked together to restructure the portfolio of economic development projects affiliated with SUNY Poly by launching NY CREATES as a single non-profit to manage the portfolio. This strengthens the oversight, management, governance and delivery of projects by focusing the NY CREATES management team on core non-academic, economic development-related programs led by Fort Schuyler Management Corporation, Fuller Road Management Corporation and SUNY.

Consistent with its not-for-profit purposes, the mission of NY CREATES is to advance high-tech research, development and commercialization opportunities through the acquisition, construction and management of state-of-the-art facilities and programs, while promoting economic development, education and workforce training throughout New York.

SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson said, “While today marks the official formation of NY CREATES, the team has already been partner to significant public-private collaboration with ESD, SUNY, and growing companies including Applied Materials, Cree, and IBM. We look forward to these ventures and more emanating from the Capital District to benefit research and job opportunities across the state.”

Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “This milestone for NY CREATES allows ESD, SUNY, and NY CREATES to build upon the tremendous successes we have made over this last year which includes partnerships with IBM, Applied Materials and Cree and combined private/public investments of over $4 billion into the Upstate economy. I look forward to working with our partners to build upon these accomplishments by expanding opportunities to collaborate with additional academic and industrial partners which will lead to continued smart growth of the high-tech industry in New York State.”

NY CREATES is being led by inaugural President Dr. Douglas A. Grose, former CEO of GLOBALFOUNDRIES. Since June 2018, Dr. Grose has been serving as President of Fuller Road and Fort Schuyler Management Corporations and as a SUNY executive to oversee existing operations, new opportunities, and the reorganization as NY CREATES.

The Commissioner, President & CEO of ESD and SUNY Chancellor serve as ex-officio advisory representatives to the NY CREATES board. Dr. Bahgat Sammakia, a SUNY distinguished professor of mechanical engineering, the Vice President for Research at Binghamton University and the former interim SUNY Poly President has been designated as the Chair of the NY CREATES Board.  Kristin Proud, who currently serves as Vice Chair of the FRMC Board and who previously served New York State as Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Human Services, Technology and Operations, has been designated as Vice Chair of the NY CREATES Board.

Dr. Douglas A. Grose, President of NY CREATES said, “NY CREATES was formed to serve as a critical resource for universities, industry partners, and the innovation-centered sector, and we have already been working to build on our successes by leveraging our physical and intellectual assets to further foster collaborations across New York State. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Empire State Development, SUNY, and our other stakeholders to maximize the positive impact of our current projects—and advance new ones—in support of this state’s robust high-tech economic development clusters that provide exciting opportunities for cutting-edge research and job growth.”

Dr. Grace Wang, Interim President of SUNY Poly said, “SUNY Poly is proud to work with our partners, including Empire State Development and now NY CREATES, to support New York State’s high-tech ecosystem. SUNY Poly has always focused on providing a world-class education to our students, acting as a catalyst for the invaluable high-tech workforce development efforts that enable the continued growth and success of New York State’s 21st century economy. Combined with our faculty’s unmatched innovation-based expertise, SUNY Poly is thrilled to continue its academic and research mission as it bolsters the state’s leadership in the technological areas that are increasingly impacting and improving lives.”

Since May 2018, NY CREATES leadership has been managing the multiple non-profit entities to enhance governance and provide an effective and efficient working environment. As a result, NY CREATES, along with SUNY and New York State, has attracted significant new projects, while building on recent reforms to ensure integrity, transparency and accountability.

In addition to assuming leadership of SUNY Poly’s non-academic industrial partnership-focused economic development portfolio, NY CREATES will collaborate with SUNY, as the lead academic institution, to partner with other universities and colleges across the state; and with ESD, the state’s chief economic development agency, to advance innovative new research and development projects and develop strategic assets that support the growth of high-tech companies.

NY CREATES will continue to build on the successes of prior efforts that have attracted growing and high-paying industries and leading technology companies to New York State, including GLOBALFOUNDRIES, IBM, Tesla, Applied Materials, Cree, Tokyo Electron, Danfoss and others, which has generated thousands of jobs in the Capital Region and across Upstate New York.

Mukesh Khare, Vice President of AI Hardware Research at IBM said, “NY CREATES has helped to bring together key collaborators in both the public and private sectors to open new avenues of innovation for IBM’s AI Hardware Research Center in Albany, NY. We value our shared goal to create and incubate hardware technologies to fuel the future of computing.”

“The formation of NY CREATES strengthens New York’s stature as a leading hub for high-tech innovation,” said Om Nalamasu, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Applied Materials. “We deeply appreciate the support and collaboration from the team at NY CREATES along with ESD and SUNY Poly as Applied Materials grows its advanced R&D capabilities in the state.”

Cree CEO Gregg Lowe said, “Cree’s experience working with the Empire State Development team, and NY CREATES, has been a pleasure over the past three months, and we look forward to many more years of collaborating and creating new opportunities for economic development and job creation in the Mohawk Valley.”

With the strong support of ESD, SUNY, and New York State, NY CREATES’ vision is to further expand New York’s position as a technology and economic development leader; leveraging cutting-edge facilities and infrastructure in conjunction with its world-class resources and expertise to enable innovation as well as private and corporate investments to create excellent employment opportunities across New York.

For more information on NY CREATES visit their website at


NY CREATES Bolsters Statewide Delegation at Photonics West

NY CREATES President Douglas A. Grose, Ph.D. said, “NY CREATES is at the forefront of technology development including a focus on semiconductors, power electronics and photonics. Evolving from more than two decades of investment, R&D, and industrial excellence, NY CREATES offers an unmatched opportunity for collaborative partnerships and advancement in these complex technology
arenas. We are excited to take this message on the road with our partners in industry and government to show that New York is the most attractive and unique
U.S. location for talent, innovation and growth.”

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