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Development of multidisciplinary nanotechnology undergraduate education program at the University of Rochester Integrated Nanosystems Center
Author(s): Svetlana G. Lukishova; Nicholas P. Bigelow; Paul D. D'Alessandris

Paper Abstract

Supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation educational grant, a coherent educational program at the University of Rochester (UR) in nanoscience and nanoengineering, based on the Institute of Optics and Intergrated Nanosystems Center resources was created. The main achievements of this program are (1) developing curriculum and offering the Certificate for Nanoscience and Nanoengineering program (15 students were awarded the Certificate and approximately 10 other students are working in this direction), (2) creating a reproducible model of collaboration in nanotechnology between a university with state-of-the-art, expensive experimental facilities, and a nearby, two-year community college (CC) with participation of a local Monroe Community College (MCC). 52 MCC students carried out two labs at the UR on the atomic force microscopy and a photolithography at a clean room; (3) developing reproducible hand-on experiments on nanophotonics (“mini-labs”), learning materials and pedagogical methods to educate students with diverse backgrounds, including freshmen and non-STEM-major CC students. These minilabs on nanophotonics were also introduced in some Institute of Optics classes. For the Certificate program UR students must take three courses: Nanometrology Laboratory (a new course) and two other selective courses from the list of several. Students also should carry out a one-semester research or a design project in the field of nanoscience and nanoengineering.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 2017
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 10452, 14th Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2017, 104521O (16 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2269786
Show Author Affiliations
Svetlana G. Lukishova, The Institute of Optics, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Nicholas P. Bigelow, The Institute of Optics, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Paul D. D'Alessandris, Monroe Community College (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10452:
14th Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2017
Xu Liu; Xi-Cheng Zhang, Editor(s)

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