SUNY Oswego is now officially a partner in the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems, and the two are exploring opportunities for collaboration.
The center, established in 2002, is an industry-university enterprise that works toward creating and then mainstreaming innovations in environmental and energy technologies.
“It is a resource and opportunity for research and teaching by our faculty,” said Nancy Bellow, executive director of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations.
“Their focus areas are energy, air and water,” she said. “One place for significant collaboration between the center and SUNY Oswego is the Lake Ontario research done by our scientists and social scientists.”
SUNY Oswego administrators have met with people from the Syracuse Center of Excellence several times over the past year. They have identified a host of potential collaborative opportunities, from studies by Oswego’s Environmental Research Center to using Oswego’s new Metro Center in Syracuse for workforce training in environmental and energy technologies.
Oswego’s meteorological program has already collaborated with the center. Dr. Al Stamm said the center approached Dr. Robert Ballentine and Stamm a couple of years ago about installing a meteorological tower at the site of the center’s new 55,000-square-foot building in downtown Syracuse. Data from the tower helped in planning the building. A SUNY Oswego student, Robert Schultz, analyzed some of the data, Stamm added.
Now another Oswego professor, Donna Matteson of the technology department, is using the new building as a case study in a textbook for high school students on civil engineering and architecture that she is writing for the international Project Lead the Way program.
“I feel this is a great opportunity for the Center of Excellence, particularly with our goal of furthering education in our fields of interest, as well as giving us additional exposure nationwide,” said Mark Lichtenstein, the center’s director of operations and outreach. “In addition to inspiring young people to learn about civil engineering and architecture, the Syracuse Center of Excellence will provide an authentic application of sustainability and whole building design.”
Another potential collaboration between SUNY Oswego and the Syracuse Center of Excellence would be a possible new professional science master’s degree program at Oswego aimed at preparing professionals to work in the area of municipal infrastructure, such as water, sewer and solid waste systems.
“People in those fields will need more higher education in the future than they have had in the past,” Bellow noted.
She added that Oswego students interested in energy or environmental systems as well as in public relations, marketing or strategic planning may find internship opportunities with the Syracuse Center of Excellence.