Winter 2015 Newsletter


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Introduction to AM-TEC

The Advanced Manufacturing of Thermal and Environmental Controls (AM-TEC) project is a collaborative initiative designed to strengthen the cluster of Central New York manufacturers of systems that heat and cool buildings, refrigerate produce, control manufacturing processes, and enable a variety of other applications.


To drive regional cluster growth, AM-TEC supports the following:

  • Innovation and commercialization acceleration 
  • Export acceleration 
  • Advanced manufacturing training opportunities
  • Research and development collaborations with area universities and faculty
  • Workforce development and training
  • Entrepreneurial assistance and support
  • Networking opportunities  


Featured TEC Firms

Ephesus Lights up the Superbowl

From Onondaga County's War Memorial to the University of Phoenix Stadium that hosted the Super Bowl, installations of a new product developed by a young firm in Upstate New York are transforming the market for lighting in sporting venues. 

Compared to traditional technologies, LED fixtures developed by Ephesus Lighting achieve dramatic reductions in energy and maintenance costs, and improve experiences for athletes and spectators. To date, the lights have been installed at more than 100 sports and entertainment venues across the U.S. and Canada. 

75% Less Energy for 50 Years

At the University of Phoenix Stadium, 312 Ephesus fixtures replaced 753 metal-halide lamps. The Ephesus installation is expected to use 75 percent less energy and the fixtures are rated to last 50 years. In addition, the LED technology provides full illumination instantly, in contrast to the 20-minute warm-up period required by metal-halide lamps, eliminating the risk of lengthy blackouts after a power outage at major sporting events, like that seen at the 2013 Super Bowl XLVIII in New Orleans.


Ephesus Lighting is a shining example of Governor Cuomo's vision for creating jobs via collaborations between companies and universities and colleges. 


Founders Amy and Joe Casper tapped a broad array of resources available to start-up companies in New York State, including business incubation by CenterState CEO at the Syracuse Technology Garden and research and development capabilities at multiple universities, including: SyracuseCoE at Syracuse University, Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Alfred University, Binghamton University, and Clarkson University. In 2012, Ephesus received support from the SyracuseCoE Commercialization Assistance Program.


$3.2M to Develop Revolutionary Personalized Heating and Cooling Device

Syracuse University was recently awarded a $3.2 million grant from the Energy Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop innovative new technologies that regulate temperatures for each person inside an office building, rather than heating or cooling the whole building itself.

Syracuse University's Professor H. Ezzat Khalifa will lead the team of researchers to develop a near-range micro-environmental control system. The team hopes to create an affordable system that can condition only the space immediately surrounding an individual user rather than all of the space in an office, saving a great deal of energy. Such an innovation could revolutionize the way offices are heated and cooled.

Could save 15% of the building energy used for heating and cooling


SyracuseCoE scientists aided the project team in the development of the proposal and will be key players in the execution of the research, including bringing the technology to market.


New Labs Opening at SyracuseCoE HQ
New laboratories are under construction at SyracuseCoE Headquarters and include facilities to focus on combustion and thermal power systems; biofuel production; flow visualization; and smart buildings technologies. Construction is slated to be finished in February of 2015 with an opening celebration later in the spring.
Syracuse University Professor Jeongmin Ahn and his students in the COMER Lab at SyracuseCoE
Combustion and Energy Research (COMER) Lab
Jeongmin Ahn, Ph.D., Associate Professor Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Syracuse University

The COMER Laboratory's vision is to develop alternative energy technologies that improve current thermal systems while reducing harmful emissions. Solid oxide fuel cell system design, oxy-fuel combustion membranes, and thermal transpiration based propulsion devices are some of the major focuses in this laboratory.

Thermodynamics and Combustion Lab (TCL)
Ben Akih-Kumgeh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Syracuse University

The Thermodynamics and Combustion Laboratory (TCL) investigates combustion properties of alternative and conventional fuels with the aim of improving energy conversion efficiencies and reducing emissions of harmful byproducts. 

Flow Visualization Lab
Melissa A. Green, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,  Syracuse University

In the Flow Visualization Lab, we use both qualitative observations and quantitative flow measurements to investigate and characterize the dynamics in vortex-dominated hydrodynamic flow fields. 

Biofuels Development Facility (BDF)

The SUNY-ESF Biofuels Pilot Plant at SyracuseCoE represents a key facility in the production of next generation bio-based fuels derived from renewable resources such as locally grown woody feedstocks including planation-grown willow, switchgrass, and forest-based biomass. 

Interactive Design and Visualization Lab
Bess Krietemeyer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor School of Architecture Syracuse University

Prof. Bess Krietemeyer
The Interactive Design and Visualization Lab is an immersive design environment for simulating the environmental effects and multiuser experience of dynamically responsive building envelope systems and architectural spaces. The lab supports visualization techniques ranging from large digital projections to immersive virtual reality technologies in order to experiment with new computational tools that support the design and development of high-performance building materials, systems and spaces. 
AM-TEC Technology Roadmaps
Technology roadmaps are a technique use by governments and industries to support strategic and long-range planning. The AM-TEC website now has roadmaps available in the following areas; General Energy Efficiency; Energy Efficient Buildings; HVAC; and Lighting.  

Project Partner Spotlight 

SyracuseCoE the New York State Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems. Led by Syracuse University, SyracuseCoE excels at development and commercialization of innovations for building efficiency, data centers, combined heat and power, energy conversion, and biofuels production. Our assets include more than $70 million in laboratories and testbeds and a global network of more than 200 collaborating firms and institutions. 
SyracuseCoE Headquarters
SyracuseCoE leads the federally funded initiative in Advanced Manufacturing in Thermal and Environmental Controls (AM-TEC). Our AM-TEC initiative includes assistance for research and development, technology to market, manufacturing process improvement, increasing exports, workforce training, and local sourcing.


Find out more about the benefits of the SyracuseCoE Partner Program


Workplace Development
The CASE Co-op Program

The CASE Co-op Program at Syracuse University is a unique, employer focused service that connects employer with highly skilled graduate students in various disciplines of engineering, computer science and information management. 

Upcoming TEC Tuesdays 
TEC Tuesdays feature firms in the Thermal Environmental Controls (TEC) industry cluster in the 12 counties of Central New York. Held on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 3:30pm-5:00pm, TEC Tuesdays offer presentations, factory tours and networking opportunities for cluster manufacturers and suppliers.

Upcoming TEC Tuesdays:

April 7th - Tour of Novelis in Oswego. Novelis is a world leader in rolled aluminum products.

Sign up on the AM-TEC LinkedIn site to learn more about these and other events.

Training Opportunities


Best Practices of Successful Exporters

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Export Control Basics

Thursday, April 23, 2015 


ExportNY Program - Helping New York Businesses Achieve Global Success - 4 month Program

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - Wednesday, December 16, 2015 


SUNY-ESF, supported by MACNY, is offering US DoL Grant funded training to AM-TEC cluster companies and the general public. Participants must be 18+ and a high school graduate or equivalent. The following courses are now available for registration:




April 16th and 23rd

Held at MACNY


SUNY-ESF and MACNY are now offering training to AM-TEC cluster companies and the general public, supported by funding from the Department of Labor as part of the AM-TEC Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge grant. Foundational Competencies, i.e. "soft skills," training is available at no cost (including all course materials and DiSC profile). Competencies covered include:

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Communications
  • Teamwork
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Planning
  • Organizing

1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU) to participants at course completion. Click here for information and to register. 






Online and self-paced Certified Production Technician (CPT) training is open to the public at no or low cost, including registration, online access and supporting webinars, all course materials, and one attempt at each applicable module assessment (re-testing is available for $40 per test) leading to nationally recognized ANSI certification. Registration options and cost as follows:

  1. Green Production Module Free; note that this module covers greening of the production process, not the production of green products
  2. Safety, Quality Practices & Measurement, Manufacturing Processes & Production, Maintenance Awareness, plus Green Production modules  $400; successful completion of an assessment test for each of the first 4 listed modules results in the award of the full CPT certification

Schedule for each module as follows (the last date listed is the testing date, to be held at Onondaga Community College. Arrangements can be made for alternate test centers, but any fees incurred are the responsibility of the participant):

  • Green Production: March 2 - 13
  • Safety: March 16 - April 1
  • Quality: April 2 - 17
  • Production: April 20 - May 6
  • Maintenance: May 7 - 22 
Click here for more information.
Industry Conferences and Trade Shows

13th Annual New York State Green Building Conference

March 12-13, 2015

Liverpool, NY


Partnering with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the 2015 conference will feature a Plenary session hosted by Rick Fedrizzi, CEO of both the USGBC and the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). Learn More


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Americana - 20th Annual International Environmental Technology Trade Show and Conference

March 17, 18 & 19, 2015

Palais des congrès, Montreal, Canada 


The International Environmental Technology Trade show and Conference, Americana is recognized as one of the leading multisectorial events of its kind in North America. It is a forum for the exchange of knowledge and practical experience, providing environmental and economic solutions. Learn more

Operation Start Up and Grow

March 19th, 2015

SRC Arena & Events Center, Onondaga Community College


Do you want to start a business? Expand your existing business?


Find all the resources in one location at this FREE conference for veteran entrepreneurs! Operation: Start Up & Grow is the premier veterans business conference in Upstate New York for our veterans and members of the military community who want to start or expand their own small business. The half-day event includes breakout workshops, networking sessions with exhibitors, award ceremony and lunch.


Online registration is now open: Register here

Questions? Please contact SBA at 315-471-9393. 



April 12 - 14, 2015

West Springfield, MA


EASTEC, New England's premier manufacturing exposition, returns May 12-14, 2015. With more than 500 exhibitors, complimentary conference sessions, industry keynotes and much more, EASTEC is an event dedicated to keeping northeast manufacturers competitive. Learn more 

11th Annual Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century

April 17th, 2015

The Links, East Syracuse, NY


Renewable Energy: Perception vs. Reality

  • What drives public perception & behavior toward accepting and promoting renewable energy
  • Educational changes needed to prepare our workforce for jobs in the energy sector
  • What advances and incentives will we expect in the near future  Learn more
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