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Development and Implementation of a Comprehensive Nanotechnology Fundamentals Lab for Engineering Students

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Electrical and Computer Engineering Laboratories

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

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22.468.1 - 22.468.10



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Nael Barakat Grand Valley State University

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Nael Barakat, Ph.D. P.Eng., is currently an Associate Professor of Engineering and Chair of Mechanical Engineering at Grand Valley State University, MI. He is also a Fellow of the ASME and the Committee on Ethical Standards and Review (CESR). His interest and research work is in the area of Dynamic Systems, Robotics, NEMS, Engineering Ethics, and Engineering education.

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Lihong (Heidi) Jiao Grand Valley State University

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Lihong (Heidi) Jiao is currently an Associate Professor in the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing at Grand Valley State University. She received her B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. from Nankai University, China and Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. Her teaching interests include semiconductor device physics and fabrication, nanotechnologies and fiber optics. Her research activities include fabrication and characterization of amorphous silicon solar cells, organic light emitting diodes (OLED), and thin film transistors (TFT).

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Development and Implementation of a Comprehensive Nanotechnology Fundamentals Lab for Engineering Students AuthorsAbstractNanotechnology findings and products have exponentially increased in the last decade withoutany parallel development in workforce to support this increase. The gap between supply ofskilled workforce and demand in nanotechnology is expected to continue in growth for a while.This paper describes efforts to help in bridging this void of workforce through the developmentand implementation of a comprehensive lab component for educating an interdisciplinary classof engineering and science students at the junior level. The course is introduced as part of alarger plan to bring nanotechnology into undergraduate education. The approach followed in thislab development is unique since it aims at providing the students with a comprehensive set ofhands-on skills and practical knowledge that will enable them to expand and work in the field ofnanotechnology, in as many directions as possible. The lab includes eleven separate activitiesdivided into four categories. These categories include: 1) Applications of nanotechnology, 2)Synthesis of nano products, 3) Hands-on training on nanotechnology tools and equipment, and 4)Safety in the nanotechnology operations environment, particularly the clean room. This lab wasimplemented as part of a course entitled: “Fundamentals of Nanotechnology,” at__________________ University _______ School of Engineering (SOE) during the springsemester of 2010. Sixteen students from multiple engineering disciplines were enrolled in thiscourse during its first offering. Objectives of the course and lab were developed previous to theoffering and outcomes were assessed during and after the offering. In particular, the lab part wasdistinctly assessed and the results were evaluated. This resulted in action items and conclusionswhich have already been integrated in the next offering for continuous improvement. The nextoffering is planned to take place during the spring of 2011.

Barakat, N., & Jiao, L. H. (2011, June), Development and Implementation of a Comprehensive Nanotechnology Fundamentals Lab for Engineering Students Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17749

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