NanoEngineering Program Mission & Objectives

The mission of the NanoEngineering Program is to provide a multidisciplinary education in nanoscale science and technology. The primary goals are:

  • Prepare students for a career in nanotechnology by providing them with a sound grounding in multidisciplinary areas of nanoscale science and engineering.
  • Increase students' understanding of materials and their properties at the atomic and nanometer scales, including an understanding of the intimate relationship between the scale and the properties of materials. This is referred to as the third dimension in the periodic table, where elements and combinations thereof, have properties and functions that depend on the material dimension, spanning from the nanoscale to macroscale.
  • Prepare graduates who, while skilled in nanoscale science and engineering, will be qualified for jobs in traditional science-based industries and government laboratories and, as nanotechnologies mature, well positioned for jobs in this applied area. This program will be anticipating trends and be providing students with integrated, cross-disciplinary scientific knowledge and professional skills.
  • Educate a new generation of engineers who can participate in, and indeed seed, new high-technology companies that will be the key to maintaining jobs, wealth and educational infrastructures as nanotechnology results in a new industrial revolution.
  • Enable students to develop a range of professional, scientific and computational skills that will enhance employment opportunities in a wide range of industrial and governmental institutions.
  • Prepare students for the workplace through developing their ability to have effective communication skills, modern science, and engineering skills, and contribute constructively to multidisciplinary teams.
  • Form strong multidisciplinary educational links through joint team projects that cross the traditional areas of science and engineering.