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About Us

We believe that one of the best ways to promote economic development in New York State is to bring together companies and university researchers who have areas of common interest -- and encourage them to collaborate.

The Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences does that in two ways.

Funding: As one of 15 Centers for Advanced Technology funded by NYSTAR, a division of the New York State Department of Economic Development, we provide matching state funds to magnify the impact of corporate-sponsored research in existing labs at our partner universities.

Outreach: We sponsor the Annual University Technology Showcase, the Industrial Seminar Series at the U of R and RIT, workshops and panel sessions, and market research and analysis.

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News & Events

November 29, 2016

The Vizzies - National Science Foundation

CEIS would like to encourage everyone to VOTE for J. Adam Fenster’s photo for the Vizzies award in photography! The image illustrates a technique developed by University of Rochester Institute of Optics professor, Chunlei Guo, where lasers are employed to render materials hydrophobic. CEIS is proud to have supported Guo’s research and would be even happier if Professor Chunlei Guo’s work gains additional recognition by the National Science Foundation!

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November 15, 2016

Business Activity Stabilizes for N.Y. Manufacturers

New orders index climbed nine points to 3.1 and the shipments index rose nine points to 8.5. Businesses poised to experience steady growth as the general business conditions index rose eight points to 1.5.

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2016 CEIS Technology Showcase

Poster Session

Thank you to everyone who came to the 2016 Technology Showcase! We hope it was a positive experience for all our attendees. To view the photos and learn more information about the event, please see our Technology Showcase web page.

For those who attended, please take a moment to fill out our survey about the event so we can make our future showcases even better!

CEIS-CAT Announcement

CAT Renewal Poster

Since 1992, CEIS has been designated as a New York State Center for Advanced Technology (CAT). As a CAT, we have worked to support collaborative projects between private entities and university researchers. Over the last ten years we have supported nearly 300 projects in an incredibly diverse range of interests which have generated over $700 million in direct, measurable, economic impact, creating some 200 jobs, and retaining another 239.

We are proud to announce that New York’s Empire State Development has chosen CEIS from an incredibly competitive field to continue as a Center for Advanced Technologies for another ten years in our focus area of photonics and imaging science systems.

In this transitional period, we think it is appropriate to look back and highlight some of the incredible work our partnering organizations and primary investigators have done in the last year, as well as looking forward to the future and the arrival of AIM Photonics.

This is a very exciting time for us, and we are happy to say that the future looks ever better and ever brighter here in Rochester.  Check back to learn what projects will be funded in the Center’s new CAT cycle as well as exciting developments in photonics, and Rochester’s photonics community.

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