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December 31, 2014
Center of Excellence gains new home

Jonathan Cohen
The opening of the Center of Excellence was celebrated on Oct. 22, 2014.

Center of Excellence gains new home

The Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging center (S3IP) and its interdisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists recently moved into a new $30 million glass, metal and stone building. The facility joins the Engineering and Science Building and Biotechnology Building at the Innovative Technologies Complex on Murray Hill Road in Vestal. A fourth building, the Smart Energy Research and Development Facility, is under construction and expected to open in 2017.

On Oct. 22, President Harvey G. Stenger joined with Sen. Thomas W. Libous, Assemblywoman Donna A. Lupardo, Binghamton University faculty and staff, industry partners, community leaders and members of the public to celebrate the opening of the 114,000-square-foot Center of Excellence building.

S3IP, which was designated a Center of Excellence in 2006, connects industry and academia. Key research thrusts include electronics packaging, energy-smart electronic systems, flexible electronics and energy harvesting and storage.

“We have provided infrastructure that will catalyze the advancements already being made by our researchers in the areas of microelectronics, data center energy optimization, battery storage, autonomous solar power, as well as advanced materials and sensors,” Stenger said. “Collaboration is
what brought us to this point in our research efforts. Collaboration and the right environment, this building, will lead to path-breaking technologies in the future.”

It took three years for the Center of Excellence to be built, but you can see it go up in two minutes in this time-lapse video.