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Integration of Nanomanufacturing Research Into Curricular Education and OutreachResearch in nanoscience, nanotechnology and nanomaterials has grown in leaps and boundsworldwide over the last decade. A well-trained workforce with a strong grounding innanomaterials and nanotechnology is a strong national competitive advantage. Research fundingfrom multiple sources has enable the authors’ lab to work with nanomaterials for diverseapplications including the electronic, magnetic and, starting recently, biomaterials sector.Processes that continue to be investigated include the pulsed laser deposition process and themagnetron beam sputtering process. Materials are fabricated in the form of thin-film composites,multilayered structures and nanowires. Materials under investigation include Fe-Ni-Co magneticnanoparticles, Ni-TiN-Ni multilayered structures, and TiN and Mgo nanowires. These materialshave been characterized by advanced structural and property characterization techniquesincluding X-Ray Diffraction, Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy and PhysicalProperty Measurement Systems.Graduate students and post-doctoral scholars have always been trained and mentored. Carefulplanning and grant-writing has enabled leveraging of this research work for deployment intocurricular education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Beyond extending classroomlectures to hands-on participation opportunities and demonstrations in the authors’ lab, thestudents have been afforded the opportunities to experience a day of touring at a world-renownednational research lab as well as to explore career opportunities. Further, multi-level outreachactivities that have been successfully organized utilizing the lab’s resources have benefited alarge number of members of the community and other institutions. These include talented youngstudents from community high schools, middle and high school teachers, and community collegestudents and teachers. The paper will survey the innovative approaches, with specific examples,used to enliven the content as well as encourage active participation and discovery-basedlearning at all levels of learning.
Kumar, D., & Pai, D. M., & Faruque, M. K., & Mensah-Darkwa, K. (2011, June), Integration of Nanomanufacturing Research into Curricular Education and Outreach Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18272
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