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Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education Initiative

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



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Multidisciplinary Technical Session

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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22.1094.1 - 22.1094.8



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Ali Khabari Wentworth Institute of Technology

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Dr. Ali Khabari is an Associate Professor and chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Technology at Wentworth Institute of Technology. His area of specialty is nanotechnology research and education.

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For the newly added session conference: New & Emerging technologies and there implications for ET Curricula Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education Initiative Ali Khabari, Ph.D. Associate Professor Wentworth Institute of Technology 550 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA, USAAbstract:The emerging field of nanoscience has experienced explosive growth in the last decade,particularly in the field of biomedical engineering, making it crucial to provide advancedtraining to America’s future workforce. In keeping with industry demands and theWentworth tradition, hands-on nanotechnology laboratory experience is a centralcomponent of Wentworth’s emerging nanotechnology and engineering course offerings.The impact on undergraduate science and technology education is significant, and theproject is generating new research opportunities for undergraduate students. Thenanotechnology laboratory allows students to develop nanotechnology-related knowledgeand skills through their coursework that can later be applied to further research, improvedesign projects, and create solutions to improve the overall quality of life. The laboratory isused not only by undergraduate students, but also by high school students throughWentworth’s outreach programs. The outreach program for high school students has beendesigned to teach students nanotechnology along with other STEM subjects at the SummerSTEM Discovery Program. The principle aim of this project is to give students, atundergraduate level, a fundamental understanding of nanoscale science. WentworthInstitute of Technology has received multiple government and private funding to initiate anundergraduate nanotechnology education and the establishment of a nanotechnologylaboratory. The laboratory is used to supplement the nanotechnology courses,undergraduate research at senior levels through senior design offerings, and for teachingacross engineering disciplines. This initiative has had a positive impact on Wentworth’sability to offer undergraduate research opportunities. Several workshops have beendeveloped for high school science teachers by introducing them to fundamental concepts ofnanotechnology and other STEM subjects. This initiative has integrated nanotechnologyinto the curriculum and consequently promoted cross-disciplinary teamwork. The findingsof this study will include the challenges of introducing undergraduate nanotechnology intodifferent engineering curricula.The project is supported by a congressionally-directed grant (P116-Z09-0159) from theU.S. Department of Education.

Khabari, A. (2011, June), Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education Initiative Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18895

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