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Micro Nano Technology Education Center

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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Minneapolis, MN

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August 23, 2022

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June 26, 2022

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June 29, 2022

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Jared Ashcroft Pasadena City College

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Billie Copley Micro Nano Technology Education Center

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Peter Kazarinoff Portland Community College

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Neda Habibi University of North Texas

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Mel Cossette Edmonds College

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Micro and Nanotechnology is an advanced technology field specifically identified by the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF-ATE) program as one of the key fields that drives our nation’s economy. Nanotechnology is a rapidly developing field that has revolutionized important technologies in nanomedicine, nanoelectronics, biomaterials, nanomaterials, integrated photonics, and semiconductor manufacturing. Nanotechnologists and technicians work in a wide range of industries such as medicine, engineering, photonics, food science, aerospace, defense, materials science, energy, advanced manufacturing and more.

The Micro Nano Technology Education Center (MNT-EC) was conceptualized by educators in 2019 and award by NSF in 2020. The MNT-EC was originally founded on the idea that working together to accomplish a greater goal enhances the quality of Micro Nano Technology education for students so they may become higher quality technicians. The MNT-EC has four primary objectives including: 1) Developing a coordinated national approach to advance MNT education; 2) Delivering professional development to enhance knowledge, skills, and abilities; 3) Conducting strategic outreach, recruitment, and retention of traditional and underrepresented faculty/students; and 4) Creating a deep Industry/Education Alliance that supports student success.

The MNT-EC has offered multiple educator professional development opportunities (mostly virtual, due to COVID) through a Nano-Educators Topical Seminar Series in the Summer of 2020, Spring of 2021 and Fall of 2021. A wide range of categories have been included such as Micro Nano Technology Health and Safety, Photonics, Lithography, Vacuum Technology Systems, Deposition, Evaporation, Atomic Force Microscopy, Sputtering, Nucleation, Thermal Oxidation, and much more.

Partnerships with other NSF ATE projects and resource centers, educational institutions, nano related organizations, professional associations, and nano related industries have been developed. Undergraduate research opportunities have been added to the center initiatives through a supplemental grant and outreach to underrepresented faculty and students has been initiated. Mentoring faculty at several institutions for NSF ATE grant proposal development has been ongoing since the summer of 2020. The MNT-EC has been busy making progress towards the center’s objectives.

Ashcroft, J., & Copley, B., & Kazarinoff, P., & Habibi, N., & Cossette, M. (2022, August), Micro Nano Technology Education Center Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN.

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