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NUE: Integrating Nanodevice Design, Fabrication, and Analysis into the Mechanical Engineering Curriculum Santosh Devasia, Jaehyun Chung, Jim Borgford-Parnell, Jiangyu Li, Amy Q Shen, Nathan J Sniadecki, Junlan Wang U. of Washington, Seattle AbstractThis article describes a new nanotechnology undergraduate education (NUE) program on thedesign of nanodevices in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University ofWashington. The NUE program leverages existing strengths of the mechanical engineering(ME) curriculum in analysis, fabrication, and design of (larger-scale) devices by integratingnovel developments and unique challenges in nanodevices into the ME curriculum.It is noted that educational efforts in nanodevices have become important as nanotechnologiesmove from research laboratories into industries.For example, nanodevices are critical torenewable energy and next-generation electronics. Additionally, nanodevices have applicationsin biotechnologies, e.g., in the development of sensors for early detection and prevention ofdisease. The proposed NUE program will integrate issues in the engineering of nanodevices intothe undergraduate curriculum to prepare the engineering workforce for emerging nanotechnologyindustries. The learning outcomes of this program are that students who participate in theproposed program should be able to: (i) analyze nanodevices using appropriate theoretical andexperimental approaches; (ii) explain basic elements of fabrication processes for nanodevices;and (iii) solve open-ended, nanodevice-design problems.The article describes the theoretical and experimental modules in nanodevices developed for thisnew NUE program. These modules are systematically and sequentially linked and integratedwith eight courses that currently exist in the ME curriculum at the University of Washington(UW). Five of these courses are core required ME courses (at the UW) that are offered in typicalME curriculum at other universities. This integration into existing core ME curriculum willfacilitate the potential adoption of the proposed nanodevice modules at other universities.Acknowledgment: Funding from NSF Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE)Program, NSF Grant EEC 1042061, is gratefully acknowledged.
Devasia, S., & Borgford-Parnell, J. L., & Chung, J., & Li, J., & Shen, A., & Sniadecki, N., & Wang, J. (2011, June), NUE (EEC): Integrating Nanodevice Design, Fabrication, and Analysis into the Mechanical Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18968
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