San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.80.1 - 25.80.18
A New Undergraduate Major in Microsystems and Nanotechnology EngineeringOur institution was approved for a new major in Microsystems andNanotechnology Engineering in April 2011. The first students began in Fall 2011,with the first new course offered in Spring 2012. The Major builds upon asuccessful multidisciplinary minor of the same name, and follows therecommendations of our industrial advisors. Its goal is to prepare engineerscapable of working in a variety of fields, who will contribute to newly identifiedneeds in public and private companies – including research and developmentwithin new and existing industries – government initiatives, and public service.The Major was developed with the efforts of faculty from several departments,plus feedback from external industrial advisors, over the course of several years.The Major has two tracks: a Bachelor of Science that aims for ABETaccreditation; and a Bachelor of Arts that offers more flexibility in technicalelectives, including courses in Chemistry and Biology, that readily accommodatesdouble-majors. This paper details the process by which the major was developed,and describes challenges such as faculty development and competition for scarceresources. In addition, we describe the program’s curriculum, budget, educationaloutcomes and objectives, and plans for the future. It is hoped that this report willaid others aiming to develop similar, multidisciplinary programs.
Evensen, H. T., & Jadaan, O. M., & Wu, T., & Wu, Y., & Ofulue, E. N. (2012, June), A New Undergraduate Major in Microsystems and Nanotechnology Engineering Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/20840
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