On November 10, 2017, the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) held a grand opening of the Park Nanoscience Center in Albany.  Professor Gwo-Ching Wang presented an invited talk.

Since the 1990s, Gwo-Ching Wang, Travelstead Institute Chair Professor of Physics, along with members of her research group, has been using atomic force microscopy developed by Park Systems.  Park Systems and RPI have had a special connection based on a common philosophy of developing a future generation work force and a strong emphasis on technology innovation and scientific discovery.

The Center is designed to become a hub for globally advanced metrology AFM research activities and will be equipped with the latest Park AFM systems.  Not only do Ph.D. and masters students use the AFM for research, physics undergraduates also use Park AFM in their Experimental Physics class.

Highlights of the collaboration between Rensselaer and Park Systems and the use of AFM by undergraduate physics majors were featured in Nanoscientific (The Magazine for Nanotechnology) Vol. 12, Winter 2018 issue.