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President highlights growing sector of nanotech during Albany visit

By HILARY LANE

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKTV) - President Barack Obama spoke about the growing sector of nanotechnology and the potential for economic growth across the country in Albany on Tuesday before an audience of hundreds at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

In the Mohawk Valley, Dr. Wolf Yeigh, President of SUNYIT says the nanotechnology center on campus will bring close to 1,000 high-paying jobs to the area in the near future.

With all this talk about nanotechnolgy, what exactly is it?

"It is materials, processes on a very small scale," said Dr. Yeigh. "Ten to the negative-nine meters, which is even smaller than a strand of hair.

It is this technology that can improve battery life and functioning in cell phones, transportation, and manufacturing.

The nanotechnology field also opens up job opportunities for people out of work or looking for a change of pace.

"There are research opportunities. There will be opportunities in engineering, and I encourage everyone looking for a job to look at the next level of manufacturing in a high-tech field," said Dr. Yeigh.

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