Center Rolls Out Online Certificate Program in Nanotechnology

Achievement date: 
2018
Outcome/accomplishment: 

The NSF-funded Nanomanufacturing Systems for Mobile Computing and Mobile Energy Technologies (NASCENT) Engineering Research Center, headquartered at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), created an online certificate program in nanotechnology.

Impact/benefits: 

This series of three semester-long courses are available to corporate partners and undergraduate students, and include hands-on labs shipped as kits to the students. The first cohort of 15 students from industry and liberal arts colleges have completed the series. The program helps spread the availability of talent who can contribute to fields related to nanotechnology.

Explanation/Background: 

The “Hands-On Nanotechnologies” certificate program offers upper-level science and engineering majors the opportunity to learn about scalable nanofabrication techniques, nano-scale devices used in the electronics, energy, and photonics industries, and innovation training with an emphasis on nanotech commercialization.

The program consists of three courses offered by UT Austin, each one semester-long: Nanofabrication and Nanomaterials; nanoscale devices; and nanotechnology innovation. Qualifying students will be connected with opportunities for academic summer nano-research experiences, and corporate internships.

Course materials are offered online through a learning management system in conjunction with innovative portable nano-labs that will enable hands-on experience for the students. The students will be able to use these portable nano-labs to make and test nano-scale structures and nano-enabled devices. The nano-labs will be designed specifically to expose the students to societally relevant problems in the emerging field.