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NSF-NUE: NanoTRA-Texas Regional Alliance to Foster 'Nanotechnology Environment, Health, and Safety Awareness' in Tomorrow's Engineering and Technology Leaders

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

Tagged Division

Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

Tagged Topic

NSF Grantees Poster Session

Page Count

13

Page Numbers

24.941.1 - 24.941.13

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https://peer.asee.org/22874

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37

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Jitendra S. Tate Texas State University, San Marcos

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Dr. Tate, associate professor of manufacturing engineering, has established safe handling practices for industrial (such as nanoclay) and engineered (such as carbon nanotubes) nanoparticles in his research and teaching, dealing with advanced polymer nanocomposites. His research lab will serve as the training site on health and safety issues of nanomaterials. Dr. Tate is a mechanical engineer by training and has 16-plus years of academic and two years of industry experience. His research areas include developing, manufacturing; and characterizing the high-performance polymeric nanocomposites for rocket ablatives, fire-retardant interior structures of mass transit and aircraft, lighter and damage-tolerant wind turbine blades, and replacement of traditional composites using bio-based materials. He has mentored undergraduate African-American students under NASA-PAIR at NC A&T University, an HBCU, and Hispanic students under H-LSAMP at Texas State. He is a member of AIAA, ASME, ACMA, ASEE, and SAMPE. He is a recipient of a prestigious national teaching award, the 2009 Dow Chemical Educator of the Year by the Society of Plastics Engineers’ Composites Division.

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Dominick Esperanza Fazarro University of Texas at Tyler

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Dominick Fazarro is the Coordinator of the Nanotechnology focus group for ATMAE and IEEE Senior Member of the Nanotechnology Council. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Resource Development and Technology at the University of Texas at Tyler. He is currently researching nanotechnology education, nanotechnology workforce development, and NANO-SAFETY.

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J. Craig Hanks Texas State University, San Marcos

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Dr. Hanks is Professor of Philosophy, an Affiliate Professor of Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization, and a member of the Steering Committee for the Interdisciplinary Program in Sustainability Studies at Texas State University. His book "Technology and Values" (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) is in revision for a second edition, and his new book "Technological Musings" is forthcoming, with "Technology and Transcendence" in development. He is a member of the editorial board for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, and an editor for the book series Philosophy of Engineering and Technology (Springer). During 2013 and 2014, Professor Hanks is a Co-PI on a National Science Foundation Grant with colleagues from Texas State (Dr. Jitendra Tate, Ingram School of Engineering, Mr. Satyajit Dutta, Ingram School of Engineering) and University of Texas at Tyler (Dr. Dominick Fazarro, Human Resource Development and Technology). The purpose of the grant is to develop introductory and advanced curricula that address social, ethical, environmental, health, and safety issues of nanotechnology.

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Walt Trybula Texas State University & Trybula Foundation, Inc.

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Walt Trybula, Ph.D., MBA, IEEE Fellow & SPIE Fellow, is a Director of the Trybula Foundation, Inc., and an Adjunct Professor in the Ingram School of Engineering at Texas State University-San Marcos. Dr. Trybula is a technology futurist and has focused his activities on evaluating technology trends and applications in emerging key industries with an emphasis on their impact on economic development and job creation. Dr. Trybula is involved in developing technology choices for emerging technological requirements. His current technical focus is threefold: nanotechnology, energy, and semiconductors. His business focus is on strategy development and technology insertion into the organizational structure. He is involved with a number of state and local organizations and committees focusing on economic development through business creation.

Dr. Trybula is active in disseminating information on the importance of the appropriate insertion of emerging technologies into the communities. He authored the State of Texas teaching module on "Nanotechnology and Economic Development" and presented to numerous organizations including the "Nanoelectronics, Photonics, and NANO-SAFETY" topic for the U.S. Congressional Nano Caucus. He is an IEEE CPMT Distinguished Lecturer and an invited speaker on nanotechnology issues.

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Satyajit Dutta Texas State University

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Robert McLean Texas State University

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B.Sc. (Microbiology) University of Guelph, Guelph, ON Canada 1978
Ph.D. (Microbiology) University of Calgary, Calgary, AB Canada 1986
Postdoc with TJ Beveridge, Dept. Microbiology, University of Guelph, Guelph ON Canada 1986-88

Assistant Professor (Research faculty), Dept. Microbiology, and Dept. Urology, Queen's University, Kingston ON Canada 1988-1993

Assistant Professor, Dept. Biology, Texas State University, San Marcos TX 1993-98
Associate Professor, Dept. Biology, Texas State University 1998-2004
Professor, Dept. Biology, Texas State University 2004-present
University Distinguished Professor, Texas State University 2012-present
Regents' Professor, Texas State University System 2012-present

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Fritz Allhoff Western Michigan University

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Abstract

NSF-NUE: NanoTRA- Texas Regional Alliance to foster 'Nanotechnology Environment, Health, and Safety Awareness' in tomorrow's Engineering and Technology LeadersThis Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering program entitled, "NUE:NanoTRA-Texas Regional Alliance to foster 'Nanotechnology Environment, Health, and SafetyAwareness' in tomorrow's Engineering and Technology Leaders", at Texas State University-SanMarcos (Texas State), will be a collaborative project with the University of Texas (UT) at Tyler,to develop introductory and advanced curricula that address the 'nanotechnology safety issues'that include social, ethical, environmental, health, and safety issues of nanotechnology. Thecurricula will be modular in nature, suitable for use either as two full semester courses that willbe taught online at the UT at Tyler or for insertion as separate modules into undergraduateengineering, engineering technology, and industrial technology courses at Texas State.This project will initially impact more than 500 undergraduate engineering and technologystudents at Texas State and UT at Tyler, of which 175 are underrepresented minority students.The insights gained from the development of the courses and the rigorous assesment of learningoutcomes will provide the basis for the inclusion of nanotechnology social, ethical,environmental, health, and safety issues in conventional engineering, engineering technology,industrial technology, and science courses. The experience gained from co-developingnanotechnology courses for two institutions will permit the replication of the courses at otherinstitutions, including HBCUs and HSIs and community colleges, becoming a catalyst topromote nanotechnology safety education in two and four year institutions throughout the U.S.The development effort will enhance the qualifications of undergraduates, many of them womenand Hispanics, as they pursue nanoscience and nanotechnology-related careers in industry oracademia. The proposed project will help prepare a diverse workforce to supply the needs ofemerging nanotechnology companies, over 100 of which are currently based in Texas.

Tate, J. S., & Fazarro, D. E., & Hanks, J. C., & Trybula, W., & Dutta, S., & McLean, R., & Allhoff, F. (2014, June), NSF-NUE: NanoTRA-Texas Regional Alliance to Foster 'Nanotechnology Environment, Health, and Safety Awareness' in Tomorrow's Engineering and Technology Leaders Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/22874

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