June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
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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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