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Binghamton University awarded $1 million for nanofabrication lab equipment

By Eric Reinhardt (ereinhardt@cnybj.com)

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Binghamton University will use a federal funding award of $1 million to purchase advanced-packaging equipment for its nanofabrication laboratory (NLAB), the office of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D–N.Y.) announced. (Photo credit: Binghamton University, SUNY website)

VESTAL, N.Y. — Binghamton University will use a federal funding award of $1 million to purchase advanced-packaging equipment for its nanofabrication laboratory (NLAB).

The funding award seeks to “bolster” workforce training for advanced chip manufacturing in cleanroom environments.

The funding is part of the fiscal year 2024 appropriations bills as a congressionally directed spending request, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D–N.Y.) and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D–N.Y.) announced on April 2.

The federal investment will help get students the skills they need for “in-demand” careers in the semiconductor industry “being spurred by Schumer’s CHIPS & Science Law,” Schumer’s office said.

“I am proud to deliver this $1 million federal investment to Binghamton University to supercharge the Southern Tier’s semiconductor workforce training with new state-of-the-art equipment that will help replicate real cleanrooms at chip companies,” Schumer said in the announcement. “Together with fantastic institutions like Binghamton University leading the way, we are ensuring the next generation of engineers, scientists, and innovators are trained and work here in Upstate NY.”

The senators said the purchase of new, advanced-packaging equipment will allow electronics with sub-micron circuitry to be fabricated, analyzed, and tested by participants from across industry and academia.

The equipment will provide students with hands-on training to prepare them for careers in semiconductor manufacturing.

The lab’s participants will be trained in next-generation electronics, including 2.5D and 3D chip packaging, “developing a pipeline of qualified talent” to support the growth of the advanced electronics manufacturing and packaging industry across upstate New York, Schumer’s office said.

 

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