SUNY Poly Welcomes DPS as the Global Engineering Firm Opens Its U.S. Advanced Technology Group Headquarters at Cutting-Edge ZEN Building

SUNY Poly Welcomes DPS as the Global Engineering Firm Opens Its U.S. Advanced Technology Group Headquarters at Cutting-Edge ZEN Building

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Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 14:00
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Ribbon cutting ceremony marks move that will create 56 new jobs under STARTUP-NY initiative and spur more than $40M in investments across New York State over 5 years

ALBANY, NY – As testament to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s innovation-centered business growth strategy for New York State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) and DPS Engineering today held a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the establishment of DPS’ U.S. Advanced Technology Group headquarters at SUNY Poly’s $191 million Zero Energy Nanotechnology (ZEN) building. A direct result of Governor Cuomo’s pioneering STARTUP-NY initiative, DPS will create 56 new jobs over the next five years and drive $40 million into New York’s upstate economy by offering select engineering services to globally recognized corporations from across the state. The company will also develop and provide student and workforce training opportunities.

“While catalyzing economic benefits for upstate New York, STARTUP-NY has continued to promote student and faculty collaboration with industry to power workforce development while simultaneously encouraging even more globally recognized corporations to come to New York State to leverage this most critical asset,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “With DPS anchored at SUNY Poly’s Albany location, it is exciting that the community can anticipate further job growth while SUNY students will be able to interact even further with high-tech industry to gain unparalleled insight into New York’s exciting career opportunities.”

“Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s revolutionary economic development strategy, and in particular his pioneering STARTUP-NY initiative, are drawing the kinds of high-tech businesses to New York State that are both providing jobs and educational opportunities, and with DPS Engineering’s establishment of its U.S. Advanced Technology Group headquarters here, it is proof positive that success begets even greater success,” said SUNY Poly President and CEO Dr. Alain Kaloyeros. “We are excited that as DPS opens its doors at the ZEN Building, DPS will also provide workforce training so that it is not only creating the jobs of the future, but also playing a role in educating those who will fill these cutting-edge positions.”

“DPS is thrilled to cut the ribbon on its United States Advanced Technology Group Headquarters and partner with SUNY Poly to play an important role in New York State’s innovation-based business and education ecosystem, as Governor Cuomo’s STARTUP-NY initiative, in tandem with New York’s business climate, underpin the continued expansion of our company and its top-tier workforce,” said DPS CEO Frank Keogh. “With operations based at the ZEN Building, DPS is excited to be located exactly where New York’s tech growth is taking place. We are eager to work with other leading companies across the state to meet their architectural and engineering needs.”

First announced in September 2015, DPS is locating its U.S. Advanced Technology Group headquarters inside the Zero Energy Nanotechnology (ZEN) building, part of SUNY Poly’s state-of-the-art Albany NanoTech Complex. Initially, DPS is utilizing 5,000 square feet, although it plans to double its footprint over the next five years as a result of the growth it anticipates from meeting the engineering needs of corporations from across New York State’s burgeoning high-tech sector. Additionally, employment is expected to grow from an initial team of nine full-time high-tech and administration jobs to a minimum of 56 direct high-tech and related support jobs within the same five-year timeframe. To support its expected project load, DPS also intends to hire more than 50 project-specific employees each year. By 2021 DPS is expected to have made $1,000,000 in capital investments, with more than $20 million for operations plus an additional $20 million in project specific labor.

A key component of DPS’ site selection are its plans to develop and provide a training curriculum to SUNY Poly students in order to support its workforce needs, enabling further growth via its ability to leverage a highly trained and qualified workforce. The ribbon cutting marks the start of DPS’ commitment to identify, develop, and implement student internships and professional development and career opportunities for SUNY Poly’s growing student body. Additionally, the collaboration will provide students with opportunities to learn firsthand about the latest in design project efficiency by allowing them to become familiar with advanced software tools, including a laser photogrammetry integrated design management dashboard, 3D/BIM modeling, and other online design collaboration tools. Additionally, DPS’ employees will be encouraged to obtain continuing education by utilizing SUNY Poly’s world-class educational offerings. With close ties to a number of professional organizations such as ISPE, PDA, SEMI, ASME, and other industry and advisory organizations, DPS will also be able to offer opportunities for SUNY Poly students to conduct research to further these organizations’ missions to harmonize and standardize life sciences and microelectronics-based industry activities.

DPS is a full service Architectural and Engineering company established in Ireland in 1974. DPS employs approximately 1,000 people globally across 11 offices. The company’s sector expertise spans many markets including advanced technology, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical technologies, oil and gas, food & beverage, energy and science & education. Its newest office in New York State is ready to support high-tech growth throughout the state and will allow DPS to play a specific role by acting as an owner’s representative to provide peer review and commentary for Engineer of Record (EoR) design, as well as project and construction management and commissioning, qualification, and verification services for various engineering design projects. In addition, DPS provides Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) testing services and Hazard and Operability Analysis (HAZOP), offering systematic system examination and risk management, among a number of other services.

#################### SUNY Polytechnic Institute. SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) is New York’s globally recognized, high-tech educational ecosystem, formed from the merger of the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and SUNY Institute of Technology. SUNY Poly offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience and nanoengineering, as well as cutting-edge nanobioscience and nanoeconomics programs at its Albany location 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/Rome location. 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 more than $43 billion in high-tech investments, over 300 corporate partners, and maintains a statewide footprint. The 1.3 million-square-foot Albany NanoTech megaplex is home to more than 4,000 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, faculty, and staff, in addition to Tech Valley High School. SUNY Poly operates the Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center (SCiTI) at Kiernan Plaza in Albany, the Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon, the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) in Troy, the Central New York Hub for Emerging Nano Industries in Syracuse, the Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center (STC) in Canandaigua, and the Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility in Rochester where SUNY Poly also leads the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics. SUNY Poly founded and manages the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) at its Utica location and also manages the $500 million New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium, with nodes in Albany and Rochester, as well as the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub at RiverBend, Buffalo Information Technologies Innovation and Commercialization Hub, and Buffalo Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub. For information visit www.sunycnse.com and www.sunypoly.edu.

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