The State University of New York Board of Trustees approved a merger between the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany and the SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica.
The SUNY board voted in favor to combine the two schools during a meeting Wednesday afternoon. CNSE and SUNYIT plan to merge by January 1, 2015.
The merger will expand SUNYIT’s academics with the addition of Ph.D. programs in Nanoscale Science and Nanoscale Engineering. Nanocollege CEO Alain Kaloyeros will become chief executive of the combined schools.
This comes after the nanocollege received approval from the SUNY board in July to breakaway from the University at Albany. The two schools are currently working on a services agreement for the 2014-15 academic year.
That agreement will allow CNSE students to continue using UAlbany’s resources including athletic facilities, general education courses, health services and other offerings.
UAlbany President Robert Jones sent an email to faculty and staff Wednesday afternoon stressing his goal “to forge a future of excellence” with expanded academic programs and deeper engagement with the Capital Region community.
“I have committed that UAlbany will do all we can to ensure a positive and seamless transition for the 302 current students in the nanotechnology degree programs,” Jones said. “At the same time, we remain focused on fulfilling the promise of academic excellence for our other 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students.”
UAlbany is looking to create a new undergraduate program in computer engineering for the fall of 2015. Karl Luntta, spokesman for UAlbany, said the program is part of the university’s goal to expand the school’s engineering initiative, following a split with the nanocollege.
“As the only public research university in the Capital Region, we will continue to press ahead to increase the range of our degree and non-degree programs,” Jones said. “We will expand academic opportunities for a growing, diverse student population.”