State University of New York Polytechnic Institute

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State University of New York Polytechnic Institute
Established June 14, 1966
Type Public
Endowment US $2.63 million (2011)[1]
Officer in charge Alain E. Kaloyeros
Vice-president Robert E. Geer
Provost William W. Durgin
Academic staff 187 (Fall 2011, Marcy),[1] 50 (Fall 2014, CNSE)
Students 2,917 (Fall 2013, Marcy)[2]
Undergraduates 2,314 (Fall 2013, Marcy),[2] 201 (Fall 2014, CNSE)
Postgraduates 603 (Fall 2013, Marcy),[2] 44 (Fall 2014, CNSE)
Doctoral students 138 (Fall 2014, CNSE)[3]
Location Albany and Marcy, NY, USA
43°08′02″N 75°13′44″W / 43.134°N 75.229°W / 43.134; -75.229Coordinates: 43°08′02″N 75°13′44″W / 43.134°N 75.229°W / 43.134; -75.229

Suburban, Urban,

850 acres (343.4 ha), Marcy campus[2]
Former names Upper Division College at Herkimer/Rome/Utica (1966-1977), SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome (1977-2014)[4]
Colors Blue, White and Gold[citation needed]
Athletics NCAA Divison III, NEAC, Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Sports Seven varsity teams
Mascot Wildcat
Affiliations State University of New York

State University of New York Polytechnic Institute, commonly referred to as SUNY Polytechnic Institute or SUNY Poly,[5] is a public research university located within the town of Marcy in the Utica-Rome Metropolitan area and Albany, New York. The Institute's name derives from the merger of the SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNYIT) and College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in 2014. This merger created five colleges witinn the Institute, including the College of Engineering, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health Information and Sciences, the College of Nanoscale Engineering, and the College of Nanoscale Science.

The college was founded June 14, 1966. The Marcy campus, formerly SUNYIT, located just north of Utica, New York, was established in 1987. The Albany campus was formerly a component of the University at Albany, established in January 2003.

SUNY Poly is New York's public polytechnic college[6] and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.[7] SUNY Poly students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the emerging disciplines of engineering, engineering technology, nanoscale science, nanoscale engineering, as well as nanobioscience and nanoeconomics programs at its Albany campus. Other programs and degrees in technology, professional studies, and the arts and sciences are offered at its Utica campus. SUNY Poly students come from across the state of New York, throughout the United States, and more than twenty other nations. More than 25,000 alumni enjoy successful careers in a wide range of fields.[8]


Originally a graduate and upper-division (transfer) institution, SUNYIT offered classes in temporary locations and at extension sites for several years until the first buildings were constructed on the permanent Marcy, campus in the 1980s.[9] In 2002, the SUNY Board of Trustees approved a mission change, enabling SUNYIT to offer lower-division programs in professional, technological, and applied studies. In 2003, SUNYIT admitted its first class of freshmen, becoming a full, four-year institution.[10] In May 2007, the Institute graduated its first class.


Marcy campus[edit]

Aerial view of Marcy campus

The Marcy campus occupies more than 400 acres, with major buildings, including three residential complexes, surrounded by trees and green landscape. The "west campus" property of more than 300 acres is reserved for the development of the Marcy NanoCenter. Construction and renovation projects totaling $100 million in recent years included a new student center, field house, and residence hall complex—all completed in 2011. SUNY Poly's Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) is scheduled to be completed in 2014.

There are two academic halls on campus, including the William R. Kunsela Hall and James H. Donovan Halls.

Constructed in the mid-1990's, the Peter J. Cayan Library is on the southern portion of the campus.

Albany campus[edit]

Notable people who have visited the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering include President Barack Obama[11] and Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak.[12]

Aerial view of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, Albany

Organization and administration[edit]


President Barack Obamaprepares for a speech at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in 2012.


Semiconductors and microchips[edit]


Currently, a US$1.5 billon computer research facility colloquially known as "Quad-C" is being constructed on the Marcy campus. The research facility will host companies including IBM, SEMATECH and Lam Research, who will lease space in the building owned by the institute. The project is expected to be completed in late 2014.[13]


Unique to the Institute, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering is building a $750 million, 1.2 million sq. ft. (111,480 m²) solar panel manufacturing facility, to be leased by SolarCity in Buffalo, New York. The facility would be the largest solar panel factory in the Western Hemisphere and would employ over 5,000 workers. The project is expected to be completed by 2016.

Another manufacturing facility for microchips, the Marcy Nanocenter is slated to begin construction within 2016. The facility will be directly located across from the Marcy campus.

Student life and governance[edit]

Residence halls[edit]

Oriskany Residence Hall, Marcy campus

Three residence halls are on the Marcy campus, including the oldest, Adirondack Residence Hall, Mohawk Residence Hall, constructed in the late-1990's and located on the northern portion of campus, and Oriskany Residence Hall, completed in 2011.


SUNY Poly Field House

SUNY Poly is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC), and the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC). The current roster of SUNY Poly varsity sports includes baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball. SUNY Poly's athletic nickname is the Wildcats.

The Wildcat Field House, completed in 2011, features a state-of-the-art fitness center, two full-sized basketball courts and four volleyball courts, indoor practice facilities for all Wildcat teams, a running track, an expansive training room, team rooms, and offices for the athletics department’s administrative staff and coaches.[14] New athletic fields were also constructed as part of the field house project.

Noted people[edit]

Nanotube sculpture at the Marcy Nanocenter, west of campus.


  1. ^ a b "Strategic Plan 2020". 
  2. ^ a b c d "General FAQ". SUNY Polytechnic Institute. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
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  5. ^ "History". College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, SUNY Polytechnic Institute. Retrieved September 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ “State Board of Regents gives approval to area upper division college," Observer-Dispatch/UticaOD, November 19, 1966
  7. ^ Middle States website
  8. ^ SUNYIT 2013-2014 undergraduate catalog
  9. ^ “SUNY OKs Marcy Campus," Observer-Dispatch/UticaOD, April 22, 1981
  10. ^ Swann, John (2006). From the Mills to Marcy: The Early History of the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome. State University of New York Institute of Technology. 
  11. ^ "President Obama Lauds UAlbany NanoCollege". 
  12. ^ "Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak tours CNSE". 
  13. ^ "Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C)". SUNY Polytechnic Institute. State University of New York. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  14. ^ Bader, Daniel P. (April 27, 2012). "SUNYIT celebrates new Wildcat Field House". Observer-Dispatch. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 

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