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Nanotechnology in Engineering Education

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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Computing & Information Technology

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26.1183.1 - 26.1183.15



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Afsaneh Minaie Utah Valley University

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Afsaneh Minaie is a professor of Computer Engineering at Utah Valley University. She received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. all in Electrical Engineering from University of Oklahoma. Her research interests include gender issues in the academic sciences and engineering fields, Embedded Systems Design, Mobile Computing, Wireless Sensor Networks, Nanotechnology, Data Mining and Databases.

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Ali Sanati-Mehrizy

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Dr. Ali Sanati-Mehrizy is a Pediatric resident physician at Rutgers University - New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. He is a graduate of the Milton S. Hershey Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate studies in Biology from the University of Utah. His research interests are varied and involve pediatric hematology and oncology as well as higher education curricula, both with universities and medical schools.

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Paymon Sanati-Mehrizy

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Paymon Sanati-Mehrizy is currently a medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He completed his undergraduate studies in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2012. Currently, his research interests consist of higher education curricula, both with universities and medical schools.

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Reza Sanati-Mehrizy Utah Valley University

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Reza Sanati-Mehrizy is a professor of Computer Science Department at Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma. His research focuses on diverse areas such as: Database Design, Data Structures, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Computer Aided Manufacturing, Data Mining, Data Warehousing, and Machine Learning.

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  Nanotechnology in Undergraduate Engineering Curriculum Abstract Nanotechnology is the science, engineering, and the applications of submicron matters and encompasses tying together unique biological, chemical, and physical properties of nanoscale materials in essentially new and beneficial ways.  Nanoscience and nanotechnology involve the ability to see and to control individual atoms and molecules.  Nanotechnology can be used across many fields, such as physics, chemistry, biology, material science, and engineering.    It is believed to be the exciting drive to trigger the next wave of technology revolution. The electronics industry crossed the nanoscale threshold in the late 1990s and was recognized as the first industry to do so.  Over the last decade nanotechnology has influenced and been integrated into multiple industries.  It is often referred as an enabling technology and is a combination of the various sciences and engineering disciplines as well as multiple industries.  By scaling products down to nanometer, one can make them smaller, cheaper, faster and better.  Nanotechnology has many applications such as solar cells, catalysts, water purification, coating, electronics, and many more.    As nanotechnology is emerging, there is a big demand for a new generation of nanotech literate students.  There is a strong interest in attracting undergraduate students to pursue future careers in the field of nanotechnology.    Educational excellence requires exposing students to the current edge of research.  To ensure that student projects are along the same trajectory that the industry is moving, educators must continually introduce emerging techniques, practices, and applications into the curriculum.  The field of nanotechnology is growing rapidly and there is increasing interest in providing students with a foundation in the area.  It is crucial that the emerging field of nanotechnology be integrated into the engineering curriculums.  This paper will study different approaches that are used by different institutions of higher education around the world to integrate nanotechnology  concepts into their curriculum.   

Minaie, A., & Sanati-Mehrizy, A., & Sanati-Mehrizy, P., & Sanati-Mehrizy, R. (2015, June), Nanotechnology in Engineering Education Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24520

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