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A Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Nanotechnology Education Program

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



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NSF Grantees' Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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23.74.1 - 23.74.7



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Priscilla J Hill Mississippi State University

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Dr. Priscilla Hill is currently an associate professor in the Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering at Mississippi State University. She has research interests in crystallization, particle technology, population balance modeling, and process synthesis. Her teaching interests include particle technology, nanotechnology, and thermodynamics.

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Oliver J. Myers Mississippi State University


Yaroslav Koshka Mississippi State University

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Dr. Yaroslav Koshka received his B.S. and M.S. in Electronics from Kiev Polytechnic University in Kiev, Ukraine. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1998 from the University of South Florida at Tampa. From 1993 till 1995, Dr. Koshka worked as an engineer mathematician at the Institute for Problems of Material Science, Kiev, Ukraine. From 1998 to 2000, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Mississippi State University (MSU). In 2000 he accepted a position as an assistant research professor at the same university. He joined the faculty at MSU in 2002. He is currently a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at MSU and the director of the Emerging Materials Research Laboratory. His research interests include semiconductor materials and device characterization, defect engineering, synthesis of wide-bandgap semiconductor materials, physics of semiconductor devices, and nano-electronics.

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Giselle Thibaudeau Institute for Imaging & Analytical Technologies, Mississippi State University

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Dr. Giselle Thibaudeau is the director for Mississippi State University’s Institute for Imaging & Analytical Technologies (I2AT), a university-wide research institute and core facility meeting university missions in research, teaching, and service. As director of I2AT, her research support role is diverse within the materials science/engineering and life sciences. Thibaudeau's pecific research interests include biological inspiration of color.

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Carlen Henington Mississippi State University

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Dr. Carlen Henington is a nationally certified school psychologist, an associate professor, and a program coordinator of the Mississippi State University School Psychology programs. She completed her doctoral work at Texas A&M University and her internship at the Munroe Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation at the University of Nebraska Medication in Omaha. She received the Texas A&M Educational Psychology Distinguished Dissertation Award in 1997, the Mississippi State University Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Teaching Award in 1998, the Mississippi State University Golden Key National Honor Society Outstanding Faculty Member Award in 2000, and the Mississippi State University College of Education Diversity Award in 2011. She has served as an outside reviewer for several federally funded educational grants and works as a consultant to the Mississippi Department of Education. She is a member of the Mississippi Governor’s Inter-agency Coordinating Council for Early Childhood. She serves as a reviewer for program accreditation for the American Psychology Association and program approval for the National Association of School Psychologists. She has served as a grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, and Safe School/Healthy Schools Imitative.

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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. 10.18260/1-2--19088

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