Kaloyeros created the nanotechnology center by cajoling and leading Republicans and Democrats who have come and gone to fund his dream. Along the way he amassed substantial power with SUNY where he technically reports to the University at Albany president and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. But publicly he is most commonly seen with governors.
The nano science facility that has the sleek, modern look of Silicon Valley compared to the concrete-and-steel of the University at Albany main campus is expanding again. A 1.3-million square foot research and development center will the computer chip, driving much of high-tech jobs today. The center has about 2,600 employees after billions of dollars in state investment, but has also attracted some of the world's top high-tech firms to set up shop.
Kaloyeros has long been among the highest paid state employees, collecting $801,000 in state pay and $507,413 from the SUNY Research Foundation that helps attractd top researchers to New York.
SUNY has 467,991 undergraduate and graduate students and under Zimpher is aimed at reaching the nation's top academic echelon.