Creating the Next Generation of Nanoscientists and Engineers

Dear Colleague:

Education and workforce development are critical to the advancement of nanotechnology and are encompassed within one of the four goals of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI): “Develop and sustain educational resources, a skilled workforce, and a dynamic infrastructure and toolset to advance nanotechnology.” As new knowledge is created through exploratory research and development, it is a challenge to translate this understanding into the educational system and to the broader public.

A recent post focused on providing first year students with greater opportunities to participate in STEM research courses. In its role to support the NNI, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office would like to hear from you on these topics. Does your university have (or would you like to have) a nano or emerging technologies club, and would you like to join the conversation regarding a national network of student groups? Have you developed specific resources to help you teach nanoscale concepts in your classroom? Are you offering research opportunities in your introductory-level undergraduate courses? Share your thoughts, comments, stories, and experiences with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Michael A. Meador
Director, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office
National Science and Technology Council
4201 Wilson Blvd, Stafford II Suite 405
Arlington, VA 22230