About the Center

The mission of the New York State Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT) at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering is to foster industry/university partnerships by focusing on economic development, technology transfer, workforce training, entrepreneurial support, and research and development. In addition, CATT will address and help solve problems while creating exciting new opportunities in the following three areas:

  • Wireless and Personal Communications networks and devices
  • Secure Information Technologies and Solutions
  • Media and Network applications/services.

Our History

Formed in 1982, through a program initiated by the State of New York, CATT receives $1,000,000 in annual funding from New York State’s Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) with a similar amount of funding received annually from industry for research and education. NYSTAR's mission is comprised of four key goals - benchmarks, these key goals are:

  1. Spur economic development in New York State through academic research.
  2. Substantially increase the amount of Federal research dollars New York and its researchers obtain.
  3. Coordinate and organize New York's wide array of science and technology informational resources and provide our academic, business and research communities access to these resources.
  4. Develop and recommend policies to the Governor and Legislature that will allow the State to take greater advantage of the tremendous economic power of its inherent science, technology, and academic research assets.

CATT's research, industry, and educational activities are very much in alignment with those goals. The past successes of CATT have resulted in being awarded a designation as an Enhanced Center of Advanced Technology (E-CAT) in wireless internet communications. That designation evolved into an NSF funded research center, the Wireless Internet Center of Advanced Technology (WICAT), in which the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering is the lead research institution. In 2006 CATT's research also led to the receipt of a second E-CAT designation and a $1.6 million grant to develop Cyber-crime Prevention initiatives.