President Obama visited the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering's (CNSE) NanoTech Complex at the State University of New York in Albany on May 8.
The president used the visit to highlight innovation in the New York's Capital Region. He received a tour of CNSE facilities, and one of the tour guides was SPIE member Warren Montgomery. Photos from the visit are online at the TimesUnion.com website.
The dignitaries greeting the president included New York governor Andrew Cuomo, and the CEO of GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Ajit Manocha.
"Our Fab 8 project is the first leading-edge, pure play, semiconductor foundry to be built in the U.S. and is one of the largest new manufacturing projects in the world," Manocha said. Fab 8 (in Malta, NY) is expected ramp to volume production in late 2012 and, upon full build out, will have a production capacity of approximately 60,000 wafers per month. "We continue to invest in R&D which is creating new job opportunities and industries, driving the flywheel of economic growth," he said.