UAlbany-CNSE Reunification

Updates On The Transfer of CNSE to UAlbany

On December 13, 2022, the SUNY Board of Trustees voted to formally begin the process of transferring the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) to the University at Albany. In August 2023, the completed transition was formally announced.

To learn more about what that means for SUNY Poly and the Utica area, watch the video message from the Office of the President and read the latest news stories.

Latest Updates 

August 2, 2023 - CNSE Transfer & SUNY Poly's Bright Future - Sent on Behalf of the Office of the President (pdf)

July 20, 2023 - CNSE Transfer Update – Sent on Behalf of the Office of the President (pdf)

July 14, 2023 - CNSE Transfer Update from President Havidán Rodríguez (pdf)

December 20, 2022 - Frequently Asked Questions About the Transfer of CNSE Back to UAlbany

December 13, 2022 - SUNY Board of Trustees resolution: Implementing a roadmap for the reunification of CNSE and the University at Albany 


Frequently Asked Questions


No. CNSE was the only academic component of SUNY Poly that was located in Albany. SUNY Poly is comprised of one campus, located solely in Utica.

On December 13, 2022, the Board of Trustees voted to formally begin the process of reintegrating the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) into the University at Albany. CNSE was founded at UAlbany in 2001 but since 2014 has been affiliated with SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

The Trustees have directed UAlbany leadership to work with leadership at SUNY Poly to come up with a master plan and timeline for this transfer to take place no later than December 2023. Many of the specific questions about how reintegration will occur will be answered as part of this planning process.

CNSE currently enrolls approximately 140 students in undergraduate and graduate nanoscale science and nanoscale engineering programs, and the vast majority are already located in Albany. Many of these students already live in UAlbany campus housing and use UAlbany transportation and other student amenities. These existing agreements also permit students from each institution to take classes at the other. The Trustees charged both campuses with “ensuring proper consideration of student interests,” and the planning process will prioritize holding students harmless and maximize to the extent possible their flexibility to continue to their educations in the manner of their choosing.

No. CNSE is and has always been physically located on Fuller Road in Albany. The vast majority of CNSE students attend classes in Albany, and most CNSE faculty already have offices here.

No. Albany NanoTech is a collection of industry and higher education research and development partnerships largely overseen by NY CREATES, a not-for-profit corporation. Albany NanoTech is a separate entity from the college and not explicitly part of the transfer plan.

SUNY Poly has a College of Engineering which is separate from CNSE, with robust, ABET-accredited programs in engineering and engineering technology that will remain in Utica.

The master plan (as noted on page 3 of the Dec. 13, 2022 Memorandum to the SUNY Board of Trustees) will address the best way to integrate CNSE’s programs with UAlbany’s growing portfolio of engineering programs to maximize interdisciplinary academic and research collaborations – among engineering disciplines and among other disciplines across UAlbany’s academic enterprise.

The transfer of CNSE into UAlbany will not impact UAlbany’s ongoing renovation of the Former Albany High School into its new engineering building, which is scheduled to open for partial occupancy in late 2023.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s mission remains unchanged. A robust strategic plan will be created by SUNY Poly along with local stakeholders to strengthen the future of SUNY Poly as the premier public polytechnic school in the state and nation without CNSE under its administrative authority. This includes a consideration to partner with all levels of educational institutions and economic development partners.

SUNY Poly is optimistic about the future of STEAM-focused higher education and the advanced research taking place in the Mohawk Valley and across New York State, as well as its related economic development initiatives. SUNY Poly looks forward to continuing its current partnerships and opening the doors to new collaborations while ensuring the successful transfer of CNSE to UAlbany in a way that is additive to all stakeholders. 

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