Tonawanda News — Kenmore Democratic Assemblyman Robin Schimminger said New York state will include $500,000 in the 2013-14 budget for operational costs at the University at Buffalo.
The money will be used for the university’s Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics. Schimminger said he fought for and secured the funding during the Economic Development Joint Budget Conference Committee meetings, which he chaired in the Assembly.
The center was established in 2012 with $200,000 in state funding. Officials say it will utilize robotics and computing technology, including the search for synthetic materials to replace natural elements.
Schimminger said the funding is necessary to hire and retain staff and continue the center’s forward momentum that will be critical for business and commercial opportunities.
“UB’s Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics will play an integral role in changing the way materials research is conducted, as well as pave the way for New York and the United States to become leaders in the development, discovery and commercialization of new advanced synthetic versions of rare earth elements through materials informatics research,” Schimminger said.
The 2013-14 state budget is projected to be finalized and voted on this weekend.