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Innovative Graduate Program in Nanoengineering

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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Educating Students for Professional Success

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New Engineering Educators, Graduate Studies, and Student

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22.880.1 - 22.880.8



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Ajit D. Kelkar North Carolina A&T State University

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Dr. Ajit D. Kelkar is a Professor and Chairman of Nanoengineering department at Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering at North Carolina A&T State University. He also serves as an Associate Director for the Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures and is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro. For the past twenty five years he has been working in the area of performance evaluation and modeling of polymeric composites and ceramic matrix composites. He has worked with several federal laboratories in the area of fatigue, impact and finite element modeling of woven composites including U.S. Army, U.S. Air force, NASA-Langley Research Center, National science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In addition he has collaborated with Rice University, Texas A&M University, Tuskegee University, Air Force Institute of Technology, University of Dayton, Florida State University, Prairie View A&M University, University of Delaware, Texas State University, University of Minnesota, University of California, and San Diego. His expertise are in the area of low cost fabrication and processing of woven composites using VARTM process, fatigue and impact testing of composites, analytical modeling of woven composites. Presently he is involved in the development of nano engineered multifunctional materials using XD CNTs and electro spun fiber materials. He is also involved in reengineering of several H-46 and H-47 helicopter components for NAVAIR using out of autoclave processing. In the past he has worked on the one step processing of Composite Armored Vehicle using low cost VARTM method in consortium with University of Delaware-CCM and UC San Diego. In the modeling area he is working on blast simulations for the Humvee vehicles subjected to various TNT blasts loadings. He has published over one hundred and fifty papers in these areas. In addition he has edited a book in the area of Nano Engineered materials. He is member of several professional societies including ASME, SAMPE, AIAA, ASM, and ASEE.

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James G. Ryan Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering

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Dr. Ryan attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY where he received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry and an M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Ryan is the Founding Dean of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering of North Carolina A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His responsibilities include academic and administrative leadership of JSNN as well as the development of strategic partnerships with industry and government organizations. Dr. Ryan’s research interests include thin film deposition, interconnect technology, semiconductor manufacturing technology and radiation hardened nanoelectronics.

Dr. Ryan joined JSNN after working at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany as Associate Vice President of Technology and Professor of Nanoscience from 2005 to 2008. At CNSE, he managed the cleanrooms and numerous consortia involving CNSE and its industrial partners such as IBM, TEL, AMAT, ASML and others.

Dr. Ryan joined CNSE after a 25 year career with IBM. From 2003 to 2005, he was a Distinguished Engineer and Director of Advanced Materials and Process Technology Development and served as the site executive for IBM at Albany Nanotech. Prior to that assignment Dr. Ryan managed interconnect technology groups in research, development and manufacturing engineering areas at IBM. He is the author of over 100 publications and presentations, has 47 U.S. Patents and is the recipient of numerous awards including 17 IBM invention plateaus, an IBM Corporate Patent Portfolio award, an IBM Division Patent Portfolio Award, IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards for Dual Damascene and for Copper technologies and the 1999 SRC Mahboob Khan Mentor Award.

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INNOVATIVE GRADUATE PROGRAM IN NANOENGINEERING Ajit D. Kelkar and James Ryan Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering North Carolina A&T State University 2901 E Lee St Ste 2200 Greensboro NC 27401 Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering is establishing a new master's degreeprogram in nanoengineering. The program will be highly interdisciplinary, drawing expertise andresources from various disciplines from two universities North Carolina A&T State University andUniversity of North Carolina, Greensboro. Master of Science in Nanoengineering is designed forstudents with strong backgrounds in either engineering or science who seek additionalspecialized education and training to qualify them for positions in the field of nanoengineering ornanotechnology design, research and development, or manufacturing. The proposed Master ofScience in Nanoengineering degree program’s objective is to produce graduates who aretechnically prepared and proficient with the principles and practices of engineering at thenanoscale to harness the unique and enabling aspects of nanoengineered materials, structuresand their characteristics in engineering applications enabling them to directly enter industrial,government and private enterprises in the areas of nanoengineering design, research anddevelopment, manufacturing, or commercialization. This program will directly foster, through itsformal research, education and internship programs, the kind of collaborative relationshipsemphasized in both institutions’ strategic plans, across disciplines and with other institutions. Theproposed program will support many of the current and planned Research Clusters including: (1)Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology (new nanoengineered materials and manufacturingprocesses); (2) Energy and Environment; (3) Biotechnology and Biosciences (new materials &applications of nanoscience in biology, agriculture and medicine); and (4) Computational Scienceand Engineering (computational aspects of nanotechnology) that are key technology areas for thecurrent and future scientific, engineering and technology needs of the nation and the world.The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering’s Master of Science in Nanoengineeringprogram is designed to produce graduates with advanced training on the principles and practicesof engineering at nanoscale to harness the unique and enabling aspects of nanoscale, andnanoengineered materials, structures and their characteristics in engineering applications so thatthey are prepared directly to enter industrial, government and private enterprises in the areas ofnanoengineering design, research and development, commercialization or manufacturing. This isan important need in State of North Carolina In the recent times, the diverse array of disciplines ofengineering, physical and biological sciences; computational science and engineering, andtechnology are converging to form interdisciplinary and emerging nanoengineering andnanotechnology enterprises. The rapidly spawning array of nanoengineered materials andtechniques and their applications in research laboratories globally hold great promise for newnanoscale engineering systems and technologies. Commercial opportunities that could flow fromthe state’s research enterprise in nanoengineering disciplines are particularly bright in the areasof advanced materials and manufacturing, aerospace, medicine and chemistry. In medicine,nanotechnology promises new drug delivery systems, implantable sensors, and new diagnostictools offering real-time results. In materials, nanoscale particles, nano fibers and surfacecoatings offer to lower costs across a wide array of future generation materials for the defenseand automotive applications. This paper will present various aspects of proposed MS program innanoengineering.

Kelkar, A. D., & Ryan, J. G. (2011, June), Innovative Graduate Program in Nanoengineering Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18176

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