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State allocates $5 million to Inamori School of Engineering

New York State has allocated $5 million through the New York State Construction Fund for the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University.

State Senator Catharine Young, R-Olean, 57th District, made the announcement this morning (Dec. 7, 2006) in Harder Hall auditorium to students, faculty and guests.
“You are really the future of New York State,” Young told the students. “The faculty you are working with here are cutting-edge and really top-notch” in fields that will help define the future.

Through the development of advanced materials for new applications, scientists and engineers at the Inamori School of Engineering are doing the groundwork for the creation of new products, which, in turn, will lead to the creation of new jobs for New York’s residents, said Young.

The state allocation announced today by Young augments a $10 million gift from the Kyocera Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of advanced ceramic materials, to Alfred University. With the income from the endowment, the University plans to hire up to four Kyocera professors as the nucleus of a new center dedicated to research in nanotechnology for photonic and biomedical applications.
The $5 million in state funds will be used for facilities and equipment for the new center.

“I am pleased to announce this commitment of funds to make the School of Engineering even better,” said Young. “You are so important to the future of New York State,”
Young told students that through their work in biotechnology, nanotechnology, photonics and other advanced materials fields, they have the ability to “make the world a better place. You are a credit to Alfred University, and a shining example for the rest of the country.”

Alfred University President Charles M. Edmondson expressed his gratitude to Senator Young for her “confidence in Alfred University’s faculty and students,” demonstrated by her efforts to secure the $5 million allocation for the Inamori School of Engineering.

“We understand that this $5 million is entrusted to our use,” said Edmondson. “This money belongs to the truck driver in Buffalo, the school teacher in Westchester County, everyone of the millions of New Yorkers who pay taxes. We pledge to be good stewards of the money,” to justify the state’s investment in the engineering program so that “the people of New York can reap the benefits to which they are entitled.”

In thanking Young for her efforts on behalf of the University, Edmondson noted she has “helped Alfred University in ways we can not begin to enumerate,” particularly through her “service to her constituents.”

The School of Engineering offers programs in biomedical materials engineering science, ceramic engineering, materials science engineering and glass science engineering that are administered by Alfred University under a contract with the SUNY; those programs are part of the New York State College of Ceramics, which was created by the State Legislature in 1900 and preceded formation of SUNY by nearly 50 years. The only other statutory units are located at Cornell University.

Kyocera gave the gift to Alfred University in March 2005 in honor of Dr. Kazuo Inamori, founder of Kyocera, who received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Alfred University in 1988. The University dedicated its engineering school in Dr. Inamori’s honor in October 2005.