Message from the Director:
Since UB Engineering’s founding in 1946, faculty members have worked with students to provide area industry with engineering services. The opportunity to connect corporate partners with UB Engineering brainpower was elevated with the establishment of the Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) program in 1994 and the naming of UB as a regional administrator.
SPIR, a State University of New York (SUNY) grant program, fills a gap in state industrial assistance programs through technically advanced, multidisciplinary assistance delivered on a fast turnaround basis to New York State companies. SPIR funds, which typically lower the project cost by 30 to 40 percent, provide access to staff, students and resources of UB’s seven schools of engineering.
SPIR is revitalizing and redirecting New York State industry by moving it toward an economy engaged in innovation and developing new technologies. Whether you are an entrepreneur seeking a way to bring your innovation to the next level, a small firm looking to upgrade or introduce new technologies, or a high-technology firm addressing the challenges of product development and testing, SPIR can help pay for these and many other initiatives to make your business more competitive. I invite you to learn more about the SPIR program and services available to businesses and citizens of New York State by contacting us at 716.645.8800.
Timothy Leyh, Executive Director
UB TCIE, under the aegis of UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is the regional administrator for New York State’s Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) program. The SPIR program offers an engineering resource that is unparalleled in New York State.
SPIR projects can help you:
A concept for solar cells for space-based electrical power under investigation by a UB EE researcher involves 5-10 micron thick microcrystalline Si films on flexible substrates topped with nanowires (shown here) that provide high optical absorption.
Center for Unified Biometrics (CUBS)
CUBS is focused on advancing the fundamental science of biometrics and providing key enabling technologies to build engineered systems. UB researchers are taking a unified view of biometric technologies by integrating software algorithms for accurate identification of various biometrics and data analysis (informatics) with hardware acquisition devices.
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Department researchers prepare nanoparticles by laser-driven thermal decomposition of vapor-phase precursors. Here a transmission electron micrograph image shows two particles about 5 nm in diameter in which the crystal planes of silicon atoms are visible.