CNSE tour guides discuss Obama’s visit
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- If you were anywhere near a TV on Tuesday, you probably got at the very least a glimpse of President Obama's visit to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at UAlbany. But imagine if you were actually part of that visit.
For Christopher Borst and Warren Montgomery, that was the case. Both men work at CNSE and assisted in giving the President, along with Governor Cuomo, a tour of the facility, part of which was closed down especially for the tour.
Borst says he kicked things off by introducing himself. He says after the intimidation factor wore off, about 10 seconds or so, he felt at ease with the president.
Borst says Obama quickly came to understand the chip manufacturing process.
"To me, he stated that he was impressed that we could have multiple partners working here together, sometimes competitors, all here for the unified purpose of doing development on this type of technology," Borst said.
Borst says the President and the Governor were then handed off to specialists who got in depth with some of the major processes.
Montgomery led the discussion on lithography. He says the president caught onto the technical jargon pretty quickly and picked up on the function of the different tools without much effort.
According to Montgomery, there was one fact revealed that took the president by surprise.
"I did tell him how much the particular cluster that he was at was worth. And when we say cluster, we mean two tools interfaced to each other. And I mentioned that it was $60 million and he was a little bit impressed with that," said Montgomery.
Borst says prior to the tour, secret service was granted full access to the entire plant to guarantee security. And when it was over, both men say they shared their personal accounts of the visit with colleagues.
On Wednesday, it was back to reality, as tours of a very different level of exclusivity, middle school students, made their way through the plant.