SUNY New Paltz welcomed SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson and other leaders in government, business and higher education to campus to break ground on a new Engineering Innovation Hub, a state-of-the-art facility that will help support and diversify the College’s rapidly growing engineering programs and support collaboration between the College and local industry.
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“The groundbreaking of our new Engineering Innovation Hub represents a clear example of what we can achieve in the interest of our students and the Hudson Valley region through vision, advocacy, collaboration and perseverance.”
President Donald P. Christian
The nearly 19,500-square-foot academic building was made possible thanks to a $10 million award from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s NYSUNY2020 grant program, which supports plans to improve economic development in New York State. The College was also awarded $1 million through the Governor’s Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council’s annual Consolidated Funding Application.
The investment is projected to yield an economic impact of more than $75 million, and 195 jobs, over a 10-year period.
"This expansion continues our focus on growing high-tech industries in the Mid-Hudson Valley, while providing quality jobs for men and women throughout the region. The Engineering Innovation Hub is a perfect example of investments in academia that help foster business and industry partnerships, create new jobs, and ensure the next generation of leaders continue moving New York forward."
Governor Andrew Cuomo
The Engineering Innovation Hub will house the new bachelor’s degree program in mechanical engineering, the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center, which is the College’s 3D design and printing program, and space to support businesses participating in START-UP NY, the Governor’s economic development incentive program. The hub will directly address the region’s need for talented engineers and help local businesses grow and prepare students to thrive in forward-looking careers, right here in the Hudson Valley.
"An innovation hub is a place that inspires and fosters open, cross-disciplinary, collaborative interactions, as well as connections to local industry."
SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson
“When I step into the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center, I am a student, but I feel like a professional. I have worked to solve real problems for companies and applied skills that complement what I have learned in the classroom."
Senior mechanical engineering student Garrett Noach of Brewster, N.Y., an intern in the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz
The project builds on a legacy of engineering programs at SUNY New Paltz that began in 1984, when then-Governor Mario Cuomo, father of the current Governor, supported the creation of an undergraduate engineering program at New Paltz.
The building is projected to be completed by summer 2019.