Oswego has received a SUNY High Needs Program grant of $183,800 to accelerate development of its engineering programs and recruit and prepare students for high-need jobs in the region.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the latest round of grants June 6, saying, “The High Needs Program helps fulfill SUNY’s original purpose: to be world class institutions that foster cutting edge innovation and train the next generation of high tech workers. Coupled with the Tax-Free NY initiative, this program will encourage entrepreneurs to start businesses in New York, keep their business in New York, grow their businesses in New York and, most importantly, hire New Yorkers.”
The three-year grant will enable Oswego to launch two one-week summer robotics camps starting in 2014 for high school science students and freshmen entering area community colleges. It will also enable the college to hire a wireless engineering specialist to staff the Wireless Solutions Lab in the new Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation.
The teaching and research lab in Oswego will link faculty-mentored student projects to the new Center for Innovation in Wireless Technology—part of the new SUNY Institute of Environmental Health and Environmental Medicine in Syracuse. A $15 million NYSUNY 2020 grant to the three Syracuse SUNY institutions and SUNY Oswego supports the new institute.
“Thanks to our productive partnerships with industry in our region, SUNY Oswego is poised to make our mark in innovative applications of wireless technology,” says college President Deborah F. Stanley. “The new funding supports significant research and development assets that will also help to generate start-ups under Gov. Cuomo’s new Tax-Free NY initiative.”
— Office of Public Affairs