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Stony Brook and Regional Program Partners Receive Award to Advance Regional Manufacturing

STONY BROOK, NY, January 28, 2016--Stony Brook University has won designation as the Long Island Regional Technology Development Center (RTDC) in the recently completed Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) competition, managed by NYSTAR, the Division of Science, Technology and Innovation of the Empire State Development Corporation.

Pending execution of a contract with NYSTAR, commencement of operations is expected in February/March, 2016. The award is $950,000 per year for five years; the total annual budget is expected to be $1.27M including the $320,000 annual Stony Brook match. The initial contract will be for a five-year period, renewable for an additional five years as NYSTAR’s federal contract for the program is extended.

The name of the new Long Island RTDC, the Manufacturing and Technology Resource Consortium (MTRC), consists of an innovative structure as a collaboration of public and private program partners across the industry spectrum, who will join Stony Brook in providing services to MTRC clients. 

MTRC will be headquartered at the Composite Prototyping Center (CPC) founded by the Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) in Plainview — near the Nassau-Suffolk county line — with satellite offices at a subset of program partner sites. In addition to LIFT, program partners are anticipated to include ADDAPT, Broad Hollow Bioscience Park, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Farmingdale State College, the Hauppauge Industrial Association, LISTnet, the Long Island Angel Network, Nassau County Community College, the New York Institute of Technology and Suffolk County Community College; additions are welcome. 

Stony Brook proposed the consortium approach to the organization of the MEP to offer a much broader and deeper array of services — without adding costs —  by mobilizing the existing NYSTAR programs on campus, including the Centers of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology and in Advanced Energy, the Centers for Advanced Technology in biotechnology, sensor systems and the newly designated integrated electric energy systems CAT, along with the SUNY SBDC (Small Business Development Center) and SPIR (Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence) business and advanced engineering assistance programs, as well as the management development and workforce training resources of the University and program partners. New Stony Brook programs in additive manufacturing, complementing the CPC, represent a further program asset. Utilizing all of these existing resources will make it possible to allocate more than half of the annual program funds to project work with companies. Over 300 companies have current relationships with the campus or have worked with a campus program in the last three years.

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About Stony Brook University 
Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University encompasses 200 buildings on 1,450 acres. Since welcoming its first incoming class in 1957, the University has grown tremendously, now with more than 25,000 students and 2,500 faculty. Its membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 100 universities in the nation and top 40 public universities, and Kiplinger names it one of the 35 best values in public colleges. One of four University Center campuses in the SUNY system, Stony Brook co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, putting it in an elite group of universities that run federal research and development laboratories. A global ranking by U.S. News & World Report places Stony Brook in the top 1 percent of institutions worldwide. It is one of only 10 universities nationwide recognized by the National Science Foundation for combining research with undergraduate education. As the largest single-site employer on Long Island, Stony Brook is a driving force of the regional economy, with an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion, generating nearly 60,000 jobs, and accounts for nearly 4 percent of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and roughly 7.5 percent of total jobs in Suffolk County.

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