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University at Albany Launches Artificial Intelligence Program and Celebrates the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

On Tuesday, June 21st, campus leadership, students, faculty, business partners, and local representatives gathered to celebrate the University at Albany's new initatitve for artificial intelligence research. The new program will be located within the College for Engineering and Applied Sciences, which is expected to be complete in 2025. The event shared new details about the university's commitment toward this $200 million initative, which involves building a supercomputer more powerful than that of any other unviersity. The new computer and artificial intelligence research and academic programs will leverage the new College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. 

“Today's celebration at UAlbany is a an important milestone for the entire campus and downtown Albany community,” said Dan Woodside, President at CSArch. “On behalf of CSArch, we are honored to be part of this exciting project to enhance the Artificial Intelligence program at UAlbany.”

Interior construction is currently underway on the building's south wing, including labs, classrooms, offices and a 4,200-square-foot maker/tinker space slated for completion in late 2023. This phase also includes a new entry plaza on the east side that will better integrate the building with the rest of the downtown campus.

Construction will then shift to the north wing and stunning three-story auditorium scheduled for completion in late 2025. The auditorium will be the largest on any UAlbany campus, with seating for nearly 1,000. UAlbany's renovation will preserve key architectural elements while reimagining the interior to respect the building's historic character and provide modern spaces for teaching and research.

Once complete, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences will have the capacity to serve more than 1,000 students, faculty, and staff. The renovation will cost an estimated $80.1 million and increase the total square footage of the Downtown Campus by about 40 percent.