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Developing Globally Aware Engineers and Scientists in Nanotechnology

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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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Global Competency and What Makes a Successful Engineer

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23.400.1 - 23.400.12



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Nancy Healy Georgia Institute of Technology

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Nancy Healy is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN). NNIN is an NSF-funded user support network of 14 universities which also provides nano-education outreach activities and programs. Her office is located at Georgia Institute of Technology, Nanotechnology Research Center. Prior to joining the NNIN in 2004, she was a program manager at the S.C. Commission on Higher Education focused on science and math K-12 issues, teacher education, and teacher professional development. For ten years she served on the Board of Examiners for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. She was also at the University of South Carolina for 17 years where she taught undergraduates, had an active research program in paleo-oceanography, and numerous graduate students. She has a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Rhode Island and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of South Carolina.

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Lynn Charles Rathbun National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, Cornell University

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Dr. Lynn Rathbun is the Deputy Director of the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network and the Laboratory Manager of the Cornell Nanoscale Facility. As Deputy Director of NNIN, he is responsible for the management of all NNIN programs with particular emphasis on some of the various educational activities of NNIN. Dr. Rathbun received the B.S. degree in Physics from The Ohio State University in 1971 and the Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Illinois in 1979. He has been at Cornell University since 1979.

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The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) is an integratedpartnership of 14 universities across the US funded by NSF to support nanoscalereserachers. The NNIN also has an education and outreach program. One of our goals isto encourage and develop talented post-secondary students to become future leaders innanotechnology We established these programs because we believe that globally awarescientists and engineers should be a priority in the 21st century. We have developedthree programs to develop globally aware scientists. First is the NNIN internationalResearch Experience for Undergraduates program to further the nanotechnologyexperience of exceptional undergradautes who participate in the NNIN REU. Thisprogram is only open to our prior year REU students, using our REU program as a“filter” to select only the very best students for an enhanced research experience. Wehave five international parterns for this program. The second program is with ourJapanese partners where NNIN sites host a number of graduate students from Japan’sNanonet. The goal of this summer program is much the same as the iREU, that is, toincrease awareness of the global nature of research for both the visiting Japanese andthe host NNIN sites. The final “global” program is the international Winter Schools forGraduate Students (iWSG) which are organized jointly by NNIN and institutions inthird world countries with the goal of promoting international bridge building andunderstanding by bringing together students and faculty in an intense teaching andsocietal experience. Each year graduate students and faculty from both countriesparticipate in a rigorous course in an emerging area of nanotechnology. In addition tothe technical course, participants travel to a rural part of the country to observe,experience and discuss societal challenges and the part science and technology can play.The presentation will present the components of each of these programs as well asresults from our surveys of participants.

Healy, N., & Rathbun, L. C. (2013, June), Developing Globally Aware Engineers and Scientists in Nanotechnology Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19414

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