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Undergraduate Educational Components For Nanoscale Issues In Manufacturing

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Teaching about New Materials

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9.1332.1 - 9.1332.12



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Rita Caso

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Ibrahim Karaman

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Jeff Froyd

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Terry Creasy

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Winfried Teizer

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Session 1464

Undergraduate Educational Components for Nanoscale Issues in Manufacturing Jeff Froyd, Terry Creasy, Ibrahim Karaman, Winfried Teizer, Rita Caso

Texas A&M University


Engineering designers during the next fifty years will work intimately with tools and applications made feasible by nanotechnology. Therefore, engineering undergraduates must be able to integrate concepts and principles of nanotechnology into their knowledge bases as soon as possible. The project “Nanoscale Issues in Manufacturing” will transfer knowledge gained through nanoscale research into undergraduate engineering curricula at Texas A&M University through four components. The level of detail and sophistication of the material taught will increase as the scientific understanding of the students increases through their undergraduate career. For first-year engineering students, a company involved in nanotechnology research will develop and offer a case study on nanoscale applications. This approach builds on the successful case study program that has been offered for five years. For sophomore engineering students taking ENGR 213 Principals of Materials Engineering the nanomanufacturing faculty team has developed two modules. The first focuses on two fundamental ideas in nanotechnology: scaling and granularity. The second module focuses on two approaches to manufacturing macroscale systems using nanoscale technologies: top-down and bottom-up. The third component consists of two one-hour modules that will be integrated into MEEN 360 Materials and Manufacturing Selection in Design, a junior-level course offered by the Mechanical Engineering department but available to all students who have taken the prerequisites. The module expands on the top-down and bottom-up approaches to nanoscale manufacturing and provides students with hands-on laboratory experience. The fourth component will be a new elective course that will be available to all engineering and science students who have completed the prerequisite courses. The elective course, which will be taught by three faculty members, is comprised of three elements: methods and techniques for nanostructure fabrication using nanolithography, fabrication of bulk materials through nanoparticle consolidation, and design and fabrication of active micro-devices using nanocomponents. The four components will be described.


Nanotechnology, construction of structures at the nanoscale and application of nanoscale structures and processes to create innovative solutions, holds singular promise to revolutionize science, engineering and technology, and in the process to transform our society. Its enormous potential to transform our world demands both that science and engineering graduates understand the technology and that society in general understands concepts and potential applications of nanotechnology. In addition, the excitement and dramatic potential of nanoscience and nanotechnology can be used as powerful tools to stimulate interest in science and technology. Given the potential, Texas A&M University (TAMU) has initiated a project with support from

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Caso, R., & Karaman, I., & Froyd, J., & Creasy, T., & Teizer, W. (2004, June), Undergraduate Educational Components For Nanoscale Issues In Manufacturing Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13828

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