According to the National Nano Initiative the demand for technicians and research scientists in nanotechnology-based industries is anticipated to grow significantly as nanotechnology-enabled products and processes mature. Wayne State University received a Nanoengineering Undergraduate Education (NUE) grant from the National Science Foundation to establish the Nanoengineering Undergraduate Certificate Program. The program will provide students with specialized training in nanotechnology and nanomedicine.
- Wayne State University's Nanoengineering Certificate Program now part of National Nanotechnology Initiative
- Grant announcement release
- To offer an accelerated and in-depth training on nanotechnology at the undergraduate level in the form of a certificate program
- To offer a unified curriculum in nanoengineering across traditional departmental boundaries
- To prepare students for flexible employment opportunities and necessary experience in cutting-edge technologies
The primary goal is to offer specialized undergraduate training in nanotechnology. Other goals are: 1) to teach emerging technologies at the undergraduate level, 2) to train a new adaptive workforce, and 3) to retrain working engineers and professionals. In order to achieve these goals, a certificate program consisting of four new courses and a seminar course will be created: 1) NE5000 Introduction to Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine, 2) NE5100 Nanoengineering Laboratory, 3) NE5200 Scale-down Engineering: from Engineered Systems to Nanotechnology, 4) NE5300 Nanoengineering Research and Capstone Design, and 5) NE5400 Nano@Wayne Seminar Series. The courses will be taught by faculty members from different engineering departments with emphasis on integration of teaching and research, as well as cross-disciplinary teaching.
The specific objective of NE5000 is to provide basic knowledge in nanotechnology, while that of NE5100 is to offer hands-on knowledge, in part by utilizing NSF-funded major research facilities for undergraduate teaching. NE5200 will serve to enhance student learning of research-level materials by lectures that contrast traditional engineered systems to related nanosystems and nanodevices, and NE5300 will provide an opportunity for students to complete individual research projects. Most of the course materials will be available online in order to accommodate part-time and working students.
The program will provide a mechanism for undergraduate students to acquire specific knowledge and skills in nanoengineering beyond their traditional disciplinary training. The expected program outcomes are:
- Courses offering multidisciplinary training in nanoengineering will be created and integrated into one certificate program.
- Existing research infrastructure will be used in undergraduate education.
- Undergraduate students will obtain research level career training.
- Retraining will be offered to working engineers, enabling them to advance their career in Michigan and elsewhere.