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:
UB IE's 'Research Institute for Safety and Security in Transportation' conducts innovative research that combines human factors and technical expertise to better understand and improve quality performance in this critical endeavor. The center works closely with the FAA and Sandia National Laboratories.
Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER)
MCEER is one of the foremost centers of its kind in the world. MCEER's overall goal is to enhance the seismic resiliency of communities through improved engineering and management tools for critical infrastructure systems, water supply, electric power, hospitals, transportation systems.
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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.