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With appropriate fanfare, RIT officials, government representatives and industry partners gathered March 3 for the dedication of a three-story, 32,000-square-foot structure housing the IT Collaboratory, an RIT-led research collaboration with the University at Buffalo and Alfred University.

IT Collaboratory dedication
Taking part in the March 3 dedication were (from left): Don Boyd, RIT vice president for research; RIT Board of Trustees Chair Michael Morley ’69; State Assemblyman Joseph Morelle; State Senator Jim Alesi; Russell Bessette, executive director of NYSTAR; RIT President Albert Simone; and John Kelly, senior vice president of technology and intellectual property at IBM.

Started in 2001 with a $14 million grant from the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR), the IT Collaboratory focuses on microsystems, photonics, remote sensing systems and nanomaterials.

“The opening of the IT Collaboratory is further proof that our efforts to transform the Finger Lakes region into a global leader of high-tech research and development are working,” says New York Governor George E. Pataki.

Research conducted by scientists and engineers within the IT Collaboratory has already resulted in more than $26 million in research grants, 27 invention disclosures, 18 patents issued or pending, and creation of four start-up companies.

The IT Collaboratory Research Building is adjacent to the Center for Mircoelectronic and Computer Engineering. The first two floors include spaces for metrology, sensor development and the Lobozzo Optics Laboratory. There is also dedicated space for nanolithography, remote sensing systems and the RF-Analog-Mixed Signal Laboratory. The third floor is equipped as an integrated microsystems laboratory through a partnership with Analog Devices Inc.

“Today, RIT and its academic and industry partners have achieved an important milestone to become an even greater center for high-technology research,” said Russell W. Bessette, M.D., executive director of NYSTAR and keynote speaker at the dedication.
John Kelly, senior vice president of technology and intellectual property at IBM, emphasized the role that resources such as the IT Collaboratory can play in helping to retain the region’s brainpower.

“Competition is not just from other parts of the U.S., it’s from all over the world,” Kelly stated. “To compete, we need to collaborate. We need to build centers of excellence and open our labs and our research as never before. I see it happening right here at the IT Collaboratory.”

For more information, visit the Web at www.rit.edu/ITColl.