SUNY Poly’s R&D Efforts Earn ISO Certification

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SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) and its advanced semiconductor-based R&D efforts at its Albany NanoTech Complex have received ISO 9001:2015 certification from TÜV SÜD America Inc. for its effective quality management system.

This certification acknowledges that SUNY Poly’s Center for Semiconductor Research (CSR) provides products and services meeting the stringent requirements of the internationally recognized ISO 9001 designation, especially as it relates to excellent customer focus, strong top management and a process-driven approach for the fabrication of test structures on 300-mm semiconductor wafers, the platform upon which computer chips are made.

“By earning the ISO 9001:2015 certification, SUNY Poly’s technological and process management capabilities are further validated,” said Grace Wang, SUNY interim provost and vice chancellor for research and economic development. “It demonstrates the strength of SUNY’s research and development facility and capacity that renders SUNY a reliable, world-class partner for high-tech industry and contributes to New York State’s thriving innovation ecosystem.”

“This certification showcases not only what SUNY Poly’s advanced facilities and nano-focused know-how are capable of, it is also another indication of how our institution aims to constantly improve via the implementation of its quality management systems with an eye toward continual progress,” said Bahgat Sammakia, interim president of SUNY Poly. “This is one more way in which our globally recognized partners and potential future partners will know that they can work with SUNY Poly on advanced projects with extreme confidence.”

SUNY Poly’s CSR is a 300-mm silicon wafer fabrication facility that provides researchers and partners with an industry-compliant, fully integrated research, development and prototyping line where companies, universities, national laboratories and other researchers are able to gain access to advanced tool sets. The ISO 9001:2015 quality management system certification will offer current and future research partners even greater assurance of SUNY Poly’s ability to consistently provide high-quality products and services as SUNY Poly seeks continual improvement in this area. In addition, it could help lead to the facilities being designated as a U.S. Department of Defense Trusted Foundry, allowing it to work with any other DoD Trusted Foundries to develop next-generation semiconductor wafer technologies.

“This third-party certification and detailed audit process are a strong signal to SUNY Poly’s research partners that our facilities, our externally focused production capacity, and our management of services related to the fabrication of test structures on 300-mm wafers follow the strictest, most reliable standards, and we look forward to refining and improving the processes we employ to continually increase SUNY Poly’s fabrication competencies,” said Michael Liehr, SUNY Poly’s vice president for research.

Published: March 2018
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