9.29.2015

Global engineering firm DPS to establish U.S. Advanced Technology Group Headquarters at SUNY Poly CNSE

Creating 56 new jobs under STARTUP-NY initiative
Partnership to spur more than $40M in investments across New York State more than five years, in addition to student training and workforce opportunities

ALBANY – Further catalyzing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s innovation-focused business growth strategy for New York State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (SUNY Poly CNSE) today announced that high-tech architectural and engineering firm DPS Engineering will establish its U.S. Advanced Technology Group headquarters at SUNY Poly CNSE’s $24 billion Albany campus as a result of the governor’s STARTUP-NY initiative. The company will create 56 new jobs over the next five years and pump $40 million into the upstate economy as it provides select engineering services to the growing list of globally recognized corporations calling New York State home.

“In addition to its broad economic success, STARTUP-NY has allowed our students and faculty to tap into an assortment of new academic benefits, including applied learning experiences that are directly influenced by today’s workforce needs,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “With DPS headquarters at the SUNY Poly campus in Albany, the community will see significant job growth and SUNY students will gain a first-hand perspective of the Capital Region’s continued leadership in high-tech industries. Congratulations to SUNY Poly on this most recent partnership with an industry leader.”

“Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s pioneering economic development strategy is redefining New York State as the epicenter of high-tech business and educational opportunities as leading corporations like DPS establish a base of operations here upon finding that New York truly means business,” said SUNY Poly President and CEO Dr. Alain Kaloyeros. “We are thrilled to see that New York State’s burgeoning innovation sector continues to grow, and in conjunction with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s tax-free STARTUP-NY initiative, it continues to draw more and more companies and jobs to New York State. The workforce training and educational components of today’s announcement will ensure a steady pipeline of well-qualified workers for companies like DPS across a number of nanotechnology-inspired sectors to secure solid growth in the future.”

“DPS is thrilled to partner with globally recognized SUNY Poly CNSE where we will locate our United States headquarters for our Advanced Technology Group. Leveraging SUNY Poly CNSE’s unique, high-tech business environment and educational ecosystem, along with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s STARTUP-NY program and New York’s competitive business climate, will enable the continued growth of our company and its local workforce,” said DPS CEO, Frank Keogh. “By establishing our facility at the Zero Energy Nanotechnology building, DPS will be at the very heart of New York’s tech growth and able to establish ties with other companies in the region and the state that require the architectural and engineering expertise that we are excited to bring here.”

DPS will locate its U.S. Advanced Technology Group headquarters inside the Zero Energy Nanotechnology (ZEN) building, located at SUNY Poly CNSE’s state-of-the-art Albany NanoTech Complex, where it will occupy 5,000 square feet with plans to double its square footage in five years. Employment is expected to grow from an initial team of nine full-time high-tech and administration jobs to at least 56 direct high-tech and related support jobs within five years. DPS also expects to hire more than 50 project-specific employees each year to support architectural and engineering projects that it will undertake across New York State. Over five years, DPS is expected to make $1,000,000 in capital investments, with more than $20 million for operations plus an additional $20 million in project specific labor during the same time period.

As part of its collaboration with SUNY Poly CNSE, DPS will develop and provide a training curriculum to support its workforce needs, allowing the company to meet its expansion plans with a highly trained and qualified workforce which underpins New York State’s sustainable ecosystem as it attracts like-minded companies to SUNY Poly’s statewide hubs. In turn, DPS is expected to identify, develop, and implement student internships and professional development and career opportunities for SUNY Poly’s growing student body, as well as provide hands-on opportunities to learn about the latest in design project efficiency by enabling students to utilize software tools such as 3D/BIM modeling, a laser photogrammetry integrated design management dashboard, and other online design collaboration tools. Because DPS employees participate in various professional organizations such as ISPE, PDA, SEMI, ASME, and other industry and advisory organizations, DPS will provide opportunities for SUNY Poly students to publish papers and conduct research to further these organizations’ missions to harmonize and standardize industry activities in the life sciences and microelectronics sectors. The company will also encourage employees to seek continuing educational opportunities through SUNY Poly.

DPS is a full service Architectural and Engineering company established in Ireland in 1974. DPS employs over 800 people globally across 11 offices. The company’s sector expertise spans many markets including Advanced Technology , Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Medical  Technologies, Oil and Gas, Food & Beverage, Energy and Science & Education. The newest office in New York State will support high-tech growth throughout the state, including growth powered by organizations such as GlobalFoundries, IBM, and SUNY Poly CNSE. DPS will play a specific role, supporting engineering design projects across upstate New York by acting as an owner’s representative that can provide peer review and commentary for Engineer of Record (EoR) design as well as project and construction management and commissioning, qualification, and verification services. In addition, DPS will be able to provide Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) testing services and Hazard and Operability Analysis (HAZOP), offering, for example, systematic system examination and risk management. DPS also offers program management and consulting services to clients, creating business cases for advanced technical and life sciences projects in order to optimize fundamental operative concepts prior to site selection; and professional outsourcing of technical and engineering staff to clients.

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SUNY Polytechnic Institute. SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) is New York’s globally recognized, high-tech educational ecosystem, formed from the merger of the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and SUNY Institute of Technology. SUNY Poly offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience and nanoengineering, as well as cutting-edge nanobioscience and nanoeconomics programs at its Albany location and undergraduate and graduate degrees in technology, including engineering, cybersecurity, computer science, and the engineering technologies; professional studies, including business, communication, and nursing; and arts and sciences, including natural sciences, mathematics, humanities, and social sciences at its Utica/Rome location. Thriving athletic, recreational, and cultural programs, events, and activities complement the campus experience. As the world’s most advanced, university-driven research enterprise, SUNY Poly boasts more than $43 billion in high-tech investments, over 300 corporate partners, and maintains a statewide footprint. The 1.3 million-square-foot Albany NanoTech megaplex is home to more than 4,000 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, faculty, and staff, in addition to Tech Valley High School. SUNY Poly operates the Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center (SCiTI) at Kiernan Plaza in Albany, the Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon, the Central New York Hub for Emerging Nano Industries in Syracuse, the Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center (STC) in Canandaigua, and the Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility in Rochester where SUNY Poly also leads the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics. SUNY Poly founded and manages the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) at its Utica location and also manages the $500 million New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium, with nodes in Albany and Rochester, as well as the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub at RiverBend, Buffalo Information Technologies Innovation and Commercialization Hub, and Buffalo Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub. For information visit www.sunycnse.com and www.sunypoly.edu.

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