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Visualization and Manipulation of Nanoscale Components Instruction for Engineering Technology Students

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees

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22.1668.1 - 22.1668.12



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Salahuddin Qazi State University of New York, Institute of Tech, Utica, New York and Mohawk Valley Community College

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Salahuddin Qazi holds a Ph.D., degree in electrical engineering from the University of Technology, Loughborough, U.K. He is currently a full Professor and past chair of electrical engineering technology department at the SUNY Institute of Technology, Utica, New York. He teaches and conducts research in the area of fiber optics, wireless communications, nanotechnology and alternative energy. Dr. Qazi is a recipient of many awards including, the William Goodell award for research creativity at SUNYIT and engineering professionalism by Mohawk Valley Engineering Executive Committee, and forging closer relations with the IEEE Mohawk Valley section. Dr. Qazi is a senior member of IEEE and a member of American Society of Engineering Education.

Mr. Robert C. Decker is a Professor in the Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY. He holds a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University. Mr. Decker's past and present academic activities include participation in a number of NSF-ATE projects in highly automated manufacturing technology, nanotechnology, and alternative energy education. He is a member of IEEE.

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Robert C. Decker Mohawk Valley Community College

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Mr. Robert C. Decker is a Professor in the Center for Mathematics, Engineering, Physical Science, and Applied Technology at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY. Mr. Decker is Co-Principal Investigator in the NSF-CCLI project "Instructional Laboratory for Visualization and Manipulation of Nanoscale Components Using Low Cost Atomic Force Microscopes" with Professor Salahuddin Qazi of the SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica, NY.

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Visualization and Manipulation of Nanoscale Components Instruction for Engineering Technology StudentsRecent growth in the emerging field of nanotechnology has put a new demand on educators totrain a knowledgeable workforce to meet the needs of nanotechnology-based industries. Thisneed can be addressed through undergraduate-level preparation that introduces hands–onvisualization of nanoscale materials and phenomenon. This form of study can enhance thestudents’ understanding of our material world down to smallest levels of matter where intuitionand textbook examples alone are not enough. This will help educate a growing workforce in thefield of semiconductor manufacturing and nanotechnology.The purpose of our presentation is to discuss the development of instructional material by theState University of New York Institute of Technology (SUNYIT) and Mohawk ValleyCommunity College (MVCC) for visualization and manipulation of nanoscale components usinglow cost atomic force microscopes (AFMs) for engineering technology students. Instructionalmodules will include sample studies utilizing the AFM in contact, intermittent contact, and non-contact modes with discussion of extended modes of operation. Imaging exercises will includestudy of silicon wafers, thin films, carbon nanotubes and polysilicon materials to disclose surfaceand material properties using both the portable and table top AFMs. A study of manipulation ofnano particles, nano tubes and nano wires will also be discussed.SUNYIT is a four year college located in Marcy, New York and MVCC is a two year college atUtica, New York, both institutions offering courses and curriculum in engineering technologydisciplines. Implementation of a minor in nanotechnology will also be presented. Ourpresentation will also discuss on line and remotely accessed resources available through NSFsupported centers for two and four year colleges which can be used in the instruction ofnanotechnology related courses. This collaborative award was funded by the National ScienceFoundation (NSF) under course curriculum laboratory instruction (CCLI) program.

Qazi, S., & Decker, R. C. (2011, June), Visualization and Manipulation of Nanoscale Components Instruction for Engineering Technology Students Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18996

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