June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
NSF Grantees Poster Session
23.74.1 - 23.74.7
A Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Nanotechnology Education ProgramAt the nanoscale many scientific fields merge together and much of the research anddevelopment in nanotechnology is multidisciplinary. However, undergraduate instruction innanotechnology tends to be dispersed among various courses that are discipline specific, and fewcourses are dedicated to nanotechnology. Therefore, a multidisciplinary undergraduateeducation program is being developed with support from an NSF NUE grant to address thisdeficiency. This program is being implemented as a nanotechnology concentration for anexisting Materials Certificate Program.The program integrates nanoscience education throughout the curriculum through anintroductory seminar course, the incorporation of nanotechnology topics in existing courses, thedevelopment of discipline specific courses in nanotechnology, and a multidisciplinary capstoneexperience. This program’s introductory course, NanoExposed!, aims to excite freshmen andsophomores about nanotechnology, while showing them the applications and multidisciplinarynature of nanotechnology. The inclusion of nanoscience topics in existing courses ranges fromcellular biology to engineering thermodynamics. The program’s discipline specificnanotechnology courses in chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering discuss fundamentalconcepts, fabrication, characterization, modeling, design, and applications of nanomaterials ornanostructures. A particular emphasis is placed on unique attributes of nanomaterials that makethem useful in many applications. Since the capstone course has not been offered yet, the paperwill focus on the other courses in the program.This paper will present current results from this program, which started in January 2011. Thediscussion will include overviews of topics covered in the seminar course as well as in thediscipline specific courses such as the nanochemistry and the nanoelectronics courses. It willalso include student data such as the number of students enrolled in each nanotechnology course,as well as assessment data.
Hill, P. J., & Myers, O. J., & Koshka, Y., & Thibaudeau, G., & Henington, C. (2013, June), A Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Nanotechnology Education Program Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19088
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