The Technology Alliance of Central New York (TACNY) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1903. Originally named the Technology Club of Syracuse, the name was changed in 2002 to reflect the broader scope of the organization.
Our primary mission is to promote excellence in technology in Central New York. This is done by bringing together the technical community through our various programs, and chairing the Technical Societies Council of Greater Syracuse, which merged with the Technology Club of Syracuse in 1963. Our members are concerned that Central New York should have a continuing workforce of competent technologists. This concern is emphasized though our programs for students and teachers, and support to area technology programs hosted by other organizations, as well as continued support of the Milton J. Rubinstein Museum of Science and Technology.
On October 3rd, 1903, a small group of men interested in exchanging ideas met in the home of Professor John Edson Sweet, an eminent Syracuse industrialist and educator. This was the birth of the Technology Club of Syracuse, and Professor Sweet was elected the Club's first president. Other outstanding representatives from Syracuse industries and the University became officers of the Club. They included William Kent, Dean of Syracuse University’s L.C. Smith College of Applied Sciences (now known as the College of Engineering and Computer Science) and well known as the author of an engineer’s handbook, and Edward N. Trump, the chief engineer of the Solvay Process Company. By 1907 the Technology Club of Syracuse was a well established organization, and on June 5th of that year it was incorporated.
In 1913 a lecture series was established to honor the Tech Club's founder, Professor Sweet, and a permanent memorial fund of $20,000 was placed in trust. The proceeds from this fund have been used to bring outstanding lecturers to Central New York including Herbert Hoover, R. Buckminster Fuller, and Jacques Cousteau.
In January 1946, Tech Club member Simon B. Storer, a representative of the Westinghouse Electric Mfg. Co., presented the Club with 200 acres of land located on Onondaga Hill. Part of this acreage now provides the main entrance to Onondaga Community College, and Mr. Storer is remembered on campus by an auditorium named after him.
In recent years, the Technology Alliance of Central New York has helped to support the following activities:
- Co-founders of The Discovery Center of Science & Technology, now renamed the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST). The new home of the MOST is in the old, but wonderfully renovated Syracuse Armory, in the heart of Armory Square. For MOST information, call: 315.425.9068.
- John Edson Sweet Lecture Series - technical lectures, free and open to the public, with a social opportunity to share in a collegial atmosphere.
- TACNY Junior Café Scientifique – monthly, through the school year, lectures on topics of science and technology geared towards middle school students, and held at the MOST. Following the lecture, attendees are invited to spend the day at the MOST.
- Celebration of Technology Event and Awards Banquet – annual event recognizing area technologists and companies for their contributions.
- Outstanding Teacher Awards banquet – up to five awards are presented each year to K-12 teachers who have distinguished themselves in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics by inspiring and involving students and colleagues in these fields.
- Technical Society Council, a “society of technical societies” that links our community technologists. Members can announce community technology events and otherwise keep in touch with a wider and more technologically diverse audience.
- Co-sponsor of Build 'Em and Bust 'Em, CNY Rocket Team Challenge, and the Greater Syracuse Scholastic Science Fair.
- Support to various community technology events including the regional Science Olympiad middle and high school student competition, the Sonia Kovalevsky Festival - a program exploring math intensive fields for high school girls and their teachers, and the Ying Tri-Region Science and Engineering Fair.
At this time we can look back with satisfaction on our over 100 years of service to Central New York. Future programs and continuation of existing programs depend upon your active involvement and support. You are invited to become a member of the Technology Alliance of Central New York by taking advantage of our free membership! Join today!