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Nano Institutes Merge: SUNYIT and CNSE

Two colleges with similar missions are merging. SUNYIT here in Utica and Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE). The deciding vote came Wednesday but answers from SUNYIT's president Robert Geer coming today.
Two colleges with similar missions are merging. SUNYIT here in Utica and Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE). The deciding vote came Wednesday but answers from SUNYIT's president Robert Geer coming a day later.
SUNYIT as we know it is no more. It's now part of a new institution that is temporarily being called SUNY-INSET. iIt's goal--to become the top-notch center for nanotechnology research and academics.
"It's an affordable version of MIT if you like, and that's exactly what we're setting out to do," said Geer.
"PHD programs along with masters programs that will be offered and will give a lot more opportunity for students here that we don't currently have," said Aaron White, President of the Student Association.
Geer says the merger won't shift resources, but share the wealth.
"It was simply to grow and simply to innovate," Geer added
Both campuses will stay intact, giving students the opportunity to utilize both.
"I can absolutely see students getting their foundational coursework here then utilizing some of the facilities in Albany, whether it's for a summer or semester," he said.
All positive growth most would agree--but one concern has arisen:
"Losing some of the programs we have that aren't science, technology, and engineering related," said White.
The ongoing construction of Quad C on campus and now this merger has students in some majors feeling left out but Geer says that's simply not the case.
"Maintaining the identity and the programs at each site is absolutely critical," he said.
Plus, nanoscience reaches every area of study, he says.
"Who doesn't have a smartphone and who doesn't communicate on social media via Facebook, Twitter. All of these capabilities were advanced by improvements in technology but no one saw them coming," he said.
It's up to students and faculty, he says, to find the connection between Nano and their area of study.
"Weather it's nursing, psychology, engineering, I think it comes down to everything, it may be a little harder to see in certain majors but when it comes down to it, science is pretty much in everything you do," said of the Student Association.
Students have been suggesting new names for the merged institution. No front-runners yet that we know of. The freshman class enters fall 2015.
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