June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
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Impact of Multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Curricula on Engineering and Science ProgramsNanotechnology is a rapidly advancing field that shows promise in solving current science andtechnology challenges through the innovative materials, processes/devices, and theirapplications. Nanomanufacturing, including self-assembly, has become an important tool indeveloping nanoscale devices applicable in medicine, electronics, and energy. Given the diversenature of the nanotechnology field, a class of multidisciplinary students combined into ananotechnology course, shows great potentials of enhancing the integration ofengineering/science knowledge and the learning experience of the students in the meaningfulway.This paper presents assessment results on the impact of introducing combinednanotechnology/research curricula as part of Engineering and Science programs. The impact wasaddressed in terms of integrating science and engineering into project courses, leading to morefocus on multidisciplinary research areas, pursued towards undergraduate research, and Master’sand Ph.D. theses. At the educational front, the new model for the multidisciplinary area hascontributed to the technical elective offered within the plan of studies of five courses offered inEngineering and Science schools. The cooperative research work under a nanosystems instituteumbrella has enhanced the undergraduate and graduate programs as well as enrollment. Datashow that more than 20% of the graduate students pursuing thesis options in engineering arerelated to nanotechnology, covering materials, physics, devices, and applications in renewableenergy and health sciences fields. Survey data also show that Freshman Engineering hasexperienced more students seeking nanotechnology concentration.
Agarwal, M., & Rizkalla, M. E., & Shrestha, S., & El-Mounayri, H. A., & Varahramyan, K. (2014, June), Impact of Multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Curricula on Engineering and Science Programs Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20589
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