A Groundbreaking Event for Women in Science and Nanotechnology
State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno joined President Jeanne H. Neff to break ground on the $5 million Incubator for Nanotechnology Ventures, Emerging Sciences and Technologies (INVEST) at Sage in December. The Incubator—the first of its kind nationally at a women’s college—will connect a renovated John Paine Hall and Science Hall, create new lab space for nanotech pioneer Evident Technologies, and upgrade two Sage chemistry labs.
Representatives from Evident, Troy Mayor Harry Tutunjian, Sage students interning at Evident, and Professor Tom Keane, academic liaison to INVEST, also participated.
Mary Bayly, a Capital Region entrepreneur and fundraiser with more than 20 years of development and marketing experience in the technology, health care and higher education sectors, has been named vice president for Development and Alumnae/i Relations.
Bayly comes to Sage after leading the growth of the Saratoga Technology Accelerator to include more than 30 diverse technology companies as its vice president for business development. Prior to that, she co-founded Flow Management Technologies, an INC 500 company, and helped to accelerate its revenue from inception to $10 million in five years. Her fundraising background includes 10 years in the development unit at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she served as a gift officer and director of annual programs. Bayly will lead the Sage development staff in capital fundraising for continued facilities development as well as for endowment needs. Her technology expertise will be leveraged to draw increasing national attention to the INVEST at Sage project.
Sage President Jeanne Neff was named one of Tech Valley’s “Hot 10” on the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce list of the dynamic and talented individuals garnering national and international recognition for Tech Valley. President Neff—one of two women recognized for their technological efforts and the only college president—was noted for her work to establish a nanotechnology incubator on the Russell Sage campus and her work on the Agenda for Excellence, an ambitious strategic plan which has emphasized the creation of interdisciplinary academic programs; investment in technology equipment and infrastructure; stronger connection between academic and extracurricular elements of student life; and greater efficiency and effectiveness in operations and services.