News Release: Wolfspeed $250,000 Gift to SUNY Poly Foundation Supports High-Tech Curriculum to Train Future Employees
For Release: Immediate – February 23, 2022
Contact: Steve Ference, Director of University Communications | (518) 429-7742 | firstname.lastname@example.org
UTICA and ALBANY, NY – SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) joins Wolfspeed (NYSE: WOLF) in announcing a $250,000 Wolfspeed Curriculum Gift, which is earmarked for enhancing educational STEM opportunities for SUNY Poly students, especially those from traditionally underserved backgrounds. The funding is expected to provide new high-tech equipment and expanded curricula at SUNY Poly that dovetails with Wolfspeed’s future workforce needs. This will ensure students’ educational experience is highly translatable to the opportunities that will be available as part of Wolfspeed’s Mohawk Valley Fab—the world’s largest and first 200mm silicon carbide fabrication facility.
“At Wolfspeed, we are passionate about giving back to the communities where we live and work, this includes supporting and educating the next generation of the high-tech workforce,” said Wolfspeed Chief Technical Officer and co-founder, Dr. John Palmour. “People are critical to our continued success, and that’s why we invest with strategic partners such as SUNY Poly to build a strong talent pipeline to develop great technologists and leaders.”
“On behalf of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, I am thankful for our robust partnership with Wolfspeed which will further facilitate even deeper synergies between our semiconductor-centered curricula and the critical workforce needs of Wolfspeed’s world-class fab at the Marcy Nanocenter,” said SUNY Poly Acting President Dr. Tod A. Laursen. “This initiative will provide an impactful platform for students to graduate with the skills needed to support the Mohawk Valley and New York State’s burgeoning semiconductor industry, allowing them to seamlessly transition to Wolfspeed’s state-of-the-art fab thanks to their invaluable commitment to our students, this institution, and our region.”
“I am extremely grateful to Wolfspeed for providing critical, targeted funding so that growing numbers of SUNY Poly students will have an education that sets the stage for a lifetime of success working with Wolfspeed in the Mohawk Valley,” said SUNY Poly Foundation Chair Stephen Teti. “Together, we are thrilled to support student success and foster career readiness in ways that will support our entire region for years to come.”
Working closely together, SUNY Poly faculty and Wolfspeed designees will determine new equipment that can complement strategically targeted coursework to align the skillsets of students in related innovation-centered programs with the experience and knowledge required for success at Wolfspeed’s Marcy fab. Full content updates are planned for such programs starting in the 2022/2023 academic year.
More specifically, curricular expansion includes the following areas, with the development of certificates or micro-credentials for each that students will receive upon completion:
- Electronic device testing course modules coupled with expanded lab testing modules to ensure working knowledge of device operation principles
- Undergraduate level robotics/automation/sensors and controls (mechatronics), with the incorporation of big data at tool level analyses for advanced process controls
- Use of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) algorithms across each of the engineering and engineering technology programs to enable related core skills
- Increased access and use of semiconductor fab-related tools focused on deposition, patterning, etch, and analytical equipment, among other key areas
This curriculum gift is also complementary to Wolfspeed’s earlier commitment in 2021 to fund a $2,000,000 scholarship program over 10 years, which has already awarded a total of $46,000 to SUNY Poly students at both its Albany and Utica campuses who are interested in pursuing a career in the semiconductor industry. Wolfspeed has also engaged SUNY Poly students through hands-on internship opportunities and a donation of $25,000 to the SUNY Poly Foundation in November 2019 to expand SUNY Poly’s STEM programs.
Wolfspeed’s co-founders, Dr. John Edmond and Dr. John Palmour, were also previously announced SUNY Polytechnic Institute Endowed Faculty Chairs, representing five-year, $1,500,000 in funding that underpins the continued expansion of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) opportunities for students at SUNY Poly.
Wolfspeed is currently constructing its Mohawk Valley Fab in Marcy, New York, and has committed to creating more than 600 new jobs within eight years as well as providing internships for SUNY students as part of its presence. The efforts look to develop an advanced manufacturing-oriented workforce development initiative across the SUNY system to prepare a 21st century workforce for the long-term, high-quality employment and advancement opportunities that the new facility will present.
About SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly)
SUNY Poly is New York’s globally recognized, high-tech educational ecosystem. SUNY Poly offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience and nanoengineering, as well as cutting-edge nanobioscience programs at its Albany campus, and undergraduate and graduate degrees in technology, including engineering, cybersecurity, computer science, and the engineering technologies; professional studies, including business, communication, and nursing; and arts and sciences, including natural sciences, mathematics, humanities, and social sciences at its Utica campus; thriving athletic, recreational, and cultural programs, events, and activities complement the campus experience. As the world’s most advanced, university-driven research enterprise, SUNY Poly boasts billions of dollars in high-tech investments and hundreds of corporate partners since its inception. For information visit www.sunypoly.edu.