Student Opportunities

All of our programs are growing, both in students and in faculty. As the programs grow, so do opportunities on the campus. These are some of the opportunities in which our students will be able to be involved.

  • Danfoss Power Solutions is located adjacent to the campus and is the North American manufactory for Danfoss power modules using silicon carbide chips manufactured by GE at SUNY Poly Albany. The heart of the facility is two 26,000 square foot clean rooms. Danfoss will also be installing a production line dedicated to research and development. Internships and research opportunities, working with our faculty will be available once the line is installed.
  • The Center for Global Advanced Manufacturing (CGAM) is an $11 million investment by the State of New York to provide a state of the art manufacturing space at SUNY Poly. The space provides rapid prototyping equipment, scanning and testing equipment, a maker space collaborative design studio and project room for use by students working on class projects, as part of a Maker Space project, or to conduct research.  Students can learn how to use all the equipment in the CGAM space, providing them with a competitive edge at graduation.
  • Assistive Technology Labs where students and faculty work together to develop, design, and build devices to help people with physical disabilities. The goal is to help with mobility and manipulation of the environment. Examples include enhancements to wheelchairs, prosthetics to enable computer access, adaptive sports, blocks to help teach braille, and an EEG lab, which is working on mapping brain patterns.
  • Network and Computer Security (NCS) Club where students are engaged throughout the semester in many activities, including developing and maintaining their own group hackspace (server rack, network infrastructure, WiFi, Raspberry Pi, etc.), hosting and participating in a regional hackathon, hosting external industry speakers, and participating in industry cybersecurity events such as B-Sides ROC, DerbyCon, and international CTF (Capture the Flag) competitions online.
  • Robotics Lab where students and faculty are developing new methods for robots to interact with each other and their surroundings. SUNY Poly also hosts a FIRST Robotics Competition Team 5030, with our faculty, students, and alumni acting as mentors.
  • The IEEE Student Club gives students the opportunity to meet and learn from fellow students, as well as faculty members and professionals in the field. As an active IEEE Student Branch, it is one of the more positive elements in the department, offering numerous educational, technical, and professional activities as well as providing direct involvement with the local IEEE Section membership activities through special projects, meetings, tours and field trips.
  • BAJA Club, students design, build, and test an off-road vehicle to compete in regional and national events sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers.
  • Combat Bots Club, which is actively building and competing with several sizes of combat robots.
  • 3D Printing Club, which is looking at redesigning open source printers to print a variety of materials.
  • Drones Club which builds and flies drones.
  • Steel bridge and concrete canoe competitions. Students design and build steel bridges and concrete canoes to compete in regional American Society of Civil Engineering competitions.


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