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Plaques at the new Center of Excellence honor state Sen. Thomas Libous, second from right, and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo for their work in obtaining state funding to build the research facility. The plaques were unveiled after a ceremony on Oct. 22 that featured remarks from the legislators, President Harvey Stenger and Vice President for Research Bahgat Sammakia, right.
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University dedicates Center of Excellence
October 23, 2014Tweet
Symposium Hall in the new Center of Excellence was filled to capacity for the dedication of the latest building to open at Binghamton University’s Innovative Technologies Complex.
The $30 million, 114,000-square-foot Center of Excellence provides space for expansion and consolidation of Binghamton University’s New York State Center of Excellence in Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging (S3IP) and its interdisciplinary, inter-institutional teams of scientists and engineers.
“We’re celebrating a milestone in our University’s history with the opening of our Center of Excellence,” said President Harvey Stenger, who thanked a number of people for their contributions to its completion, including state Sen. Thomas Libous and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo for providing the political power to secure funding for the facility.
The center also builds on the University’s historical strengths in research with IBM, said Stenger, who commended staff architect William (Bill) Hall for the building’s design. “If you put something in his hands, it will come out perfect,” Stenger said of Hall.
“Those of you in this room with the expertise and the research you’ve done will make this one of the greatest assets of this University and will provide for the future of this community, state and country,” Libous said. “I talk about careers and want to embed that word. We don’t want to just create jobs, we want to create careers and the IBM seed has been dropped here, and now we have to move on from that.”
Lupardo said that when the story is written about Binghamton University, the Center of Excellence will be a very important part of it. “The University, this entire enterprise is based on inquiry, questions being asked, research being conducted, all to better our lives,” she said. “My goal is to make sure we realize the importance of what those innovations will be. We’ve got great stories to tell, each and every one of us, and endless possibilities ahead of us, working as a team.”
“This is a dream come true for Binghamton University, for S3IP and for the vision of research,” said Bahgat Sammakia, vice president for research. “It’s really a beginning, not just a happy ending, of another journey we are about to embark on.”
Calling the research that being conducted in the building “meaningful and transformational,” Sammakia said there is much more to come as the center serves as a visual and virtual bridge to the other buildings that are part of the Innovative Technologies Complex.
“Literally, it will be a place where engineers and scientists will get together to work,” he said. “The possibilities are unbounded. But what really matters about the research is its impact on people and society.”
The Center of Excellence supports collaborative partnerships in energy-efficient electronic systems, systems integration and packaging, flexible electronics, autonomous solar power, advanced materials and sensors, and healthcare/life sciences, bridging critical scientific, technology, commercialization and education gaps.
Connecting with the Biotechnology and the Engineering and Science buildings at the University’s Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC), the two-story glass, metal and stone building features open laboratory space, the 140-seat Symposium Hall and offices that support Binghamton University’s ongoing and expanding industry partnerships.
Built to LEED standards, the building has energy-efficient windows and skylights; a water retention system; penthouse-mounted mechanical systems; the latest technology for heat recovery and humidity control; and a U-shaped atrium with natural ventilation, an adaptive cooling, hydronic heating and radiant floor heat system; numerous windows that are controlled by the temperature within the atrium; and a water feature that uses recirculated water.
“We wanted a building that works with nature but doesn’t dominate nature,” Sammakia said. “It cost significantly less than the national average for a building of this quality and it will cost less to run.”
An innovative spirit can be found at S3IP, which builds on a local legacy of microelectronics research through high-impact research that supports the translation of economically significant microelectronic innovations to U.S. industry. S3IP has generated more than $1.1 billion in economic impact and created or retained more than 2,000 jobs through partnerships with national and international industries on collaborative, precompetitive research.