Builds upon the State’s Innovation Agenda with First Network, “SUNY 4E,” to focus on Energy, Environment, Economics and Education
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the State University of New York will launch the first of four SUNY Networks of Excellence to support increased research collaborations between SUNY and industry partners in order to spur commercialization activities. This “SUNY 4E” network will focus on societal challenges in energy, the environment, economics, and education.
SUNY Networks of Excellence are part of Governor Cuomo’s Innovation Agenda that include START-UP NY, incubator “Hot Spots,” the New York State Venture Capital Fund and the NYS Innovation Network to foster entrepreneurialism and economic growth through public-private partnerships and give researchers the tools they need to bring their ideas to market.
SUNY Chancellor Zimpher and the presidents of SUNY’s four university centers today joined higher education colleagues nationally in a call on Congress and President Barack Obama to close the “innovation deficit” – the widening gap between needed and actual federal investments in research and education.
SUNY attracts the best and brightest scholars and our 3 million alumni are helping shape life in the 21st century. Take, for example University at Buffalo alum Norman R. McCombs, who developed an oxygen production system that spawned a billion dollar industry and helped ease the pain of millions suffering from lung diseases. Recently, President Barack Obama presented the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to McCombs at a ceremony held at the White House.