CCNY Innovation Consortium
Is a collaboration of different innovation and experiential learning initiatives, labs, shops, and Makerspaces across the CCNY. Its goal is to support any form of innovation related activities associated with the university. These activities can be academic, research, entrepreneurial, or recreational in nature and collaborators may be students, professors, staff, or external affiliates. The CCNY innovation consortium seeks to remove silos and provide the most comprehensive array of resources and experience.
Shops are locations of advanced fabrication equipment. Equipment in these locations are usually more complex in operation and are capable of producing more detailed and advanced components. Usually these shops belong to a department or program, and require more detailed and extensive training for operation. These spaces are essential for providing advanced fabrication services for all collaborators, expertise for advising on fabrication, and training a limited number of student collaborators to use equipment.
Labs are locations for testing, micro & nano-fabrication equipment, and housing for experimental setups. Labs are often joint research locations or service locations. In some cases direct access is granted for collaborators to use facilities and equipment, this is especially the case with equipment in the school of science. In other cases such as equipment and resources housed in the ASRC, only lab managers and admin are allowed to access.
A space with open access to resources and equipment. Collaborators can use most equipment directly after completion of a short training. These spaces are community focused, and in some cases, community run spaces, with a goal of creating inviting atmospheres with peer to peer learning. These spaces are essential for encouraging participation by early and novice users. Some makerspaces may also have fabrication and innovation services for the community and affiliates.
Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC)
Through efforts in five diverse but growingly related fields—environmental sciences, nanoscience, neuroscience, photonics, and structural biology—the ASRC at The Graduate Center advances scientific research and education at CUNY and elsewhere. With prominent researchers from each of the programs working side by side in the ASRC's main facilities and sharing some of the most cutting-edge technology available, the ASRC fosters a collaborative, interdisciplinary research culture.