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Clarkson Professors Receive Funding To Develop Undergraduate Nanotechnology Curriculum
Introduction to Nanomaterials Science and Engineering is a collaboration among Ian Suni and Don Rasmussen, professors in the Chemical Engineering Department, and Brenton Faber, professor of Technical Communications.
The modules will be used to introduce nanotechnology concepts to undergraduate students. These concepts will include the materials aspects of nanoparticles and the strengths of nanomaterials, as well as the societal impacts of nanotechnology.
While introductory courses in Materials Science and Engineering are typically offered nationwide for science and engineering undergraduates, the most popular textbooks have virtually no coverage of nanoscience and engineering, said Suni. "Research into the properties and applications of nanoparticles has been extensive, but this knowledge base has not been successfully incorporated into the undergraduate curriculum."
Suni and Rasmussen will use the curriculum in "Materials Science and Engineering I," a survey course offered each fall through Clarkson's Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering. The modules will also be made available to educators and researchers worldwide in 2006 by way of hypermedia software that will be distributed over the Internet.