June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
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A Hands-on, Introductory Course for First-year Engineering Students in Microsystems and NanomaterialsWe have recently developed a one-credit course designed for first-year studentsconsidering the new major in Microsystems and Nanomaterials Engineering. It isbased on a successful “Engineering Projects” course offered through our GeneralEngineering department, which has subsequently been made into a popularsummer program for prospective students. The goal of this new course, whichmeets two laboratory hours per week, is to expose students to several of theimportant ideas and concepts in microsystems and nanotechnology, and to givethem hands-on projects that will help them learn these multidisciplinary ideas.Further, the “ulterior motive” of this course is to inspire students to stay inengineering, and to give them a flavor of the interdisciplinary nature of this field.The course progresses through several modules, which were created by facultyexperts in each field. These modules are designed so that a single faculty membercan conduct the course, and covers topics in: laboratory safety and cleanroomprotocols; MEMS devices and scaling, including using a tabletop scanning electronmicroscope and a MEMS probe; fabrication including lithography, vacuumsystems and thin film deposition; nanoscience, including nanocrystalline solar cellsand nanopatterning; nanoscale measurements including principles of atomic forcemicroscopy; nanobiotechnology; and societal issues. In addition to describing thecourse and its modules, we will also report on the results of the course and its twoiterations.
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