How to Have a NanoDay

Tuesday, May 8: Fame Windows
8:45 – 9:30am Session 1
How to Have a NanoDay
Nano-Link, an NSF regional center for nanotechnology education, Lansing Community College and Impression 5
Science Center have collaborated for the past 6 years on NanoDay, a one-day hands-on event that features
nanotechnology concepts as core elements.
NanoDay is now a national event, promoted and supported by NiseNet, an NSF National Center for Informal Science
In this presentation I will talk about how we got started developing NanoDay and how others may be able to use what we
learned to start NanoDay's of their own, whether for an individual classroom or school, or a larger event such as ours,
which attracts almost 1,000 attendees annually.
Presenter: Tom Deits, Nano-Link
Nanotechnology Program at Ivy Tech, A Tri-Institution Collaboration: Ivy Tech CC, PSU, and the
University of Notre Dame
This presentation will discuss how curriculum and educational materials developed by the National Center for
Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK), helped Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend, IN
implement a nanotechnology degree program. The role of the University of Notre Dame in providing access to its
nanofabrication facility for Ivy Tech students, and collaboration between the faculties of these two institutions will be
Presenter: Sam Aghdasi, Ivy Tech Community College
Give ‘Em What They Want and They’ll Leave Happy
It is well recognized that the pipeline for college students starts in middle and high school and that the teachers are one
of the best avenues to the students.
We will present the results of surveys and focus group responses from high school and college educators regarding
what they need to introduce new content into their curriculum. Based on this information Nano-Link modified our
professional development approach with significant increase on module implementation.
Presenter: Deb Newberry, Nano-Link
Vacuum Equipment Simulation Lab
Taken from our Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology (NMT) program, this lab demonstrates the unique learning
opportunities of nanotechnology. Students are introduced to vacuum technology in general and are trained in
appropriate pump down protocol. A main advantage of this simulator is that students can experiment with different
vacuum systems both in and out of safe operational norms without damaging actual vacuum components. This allows
them to naturally learn by trial and error a fundamental skill set for nanofabrication.
Presenter: Daniel Cavanaugh, Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge Center (NACK)
Tuesday, May 8: Fame Windows
8:45 – 9:30am Session 2
A Bumpy Ride with Buckyballs!
Nanotechnology (although very small) is a very BIG concept for most middle and high school faculty. Join this session to
learn "what worked" and "what didn't" on our journey to integrate nanotechnology into career and technology
occupational training programs. And how we came to the realization, that we have only just begun.
Presenter: Sheryl Hale, Oklahoma Career and Technology Education
The SCME Pressure Sensor Workshop - Tech Transfer of An Innovative 4 Day Cleanroom Workshop
The SCME has successfully transferred a 4-day Pressure Sensor Cleanroom workshop from the University of New
Mexico to two other sites: North Dakota State College of Science and the University of South Florida. This short
presentation will feature highlights from these workshops, and provide information on attending and acquiring curriculum
Presenter: Matt Pleil, Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME)
Ion Implantation Simulation Lab
Taken from our Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology (NMT) program, this lab demonstrates the unique learning
opportunities of nanotechnology. Students are introduced to high energy ion implantation in a virtual environment.
Material damage (e.g. crystal defects, contamination/ion straggle) is covered in this simulated experience. The key
advantage of this simulation is that students do not need to operate a potentially hazardous tool, nor is the high cost of
the tools operation placed on the facilities.
Presenter: Suxing Pan, Penn State University and Daniel Cavanaugh, Nanotechnology Applications and Career
Knowledge Center (NACK)
Tuesday, May 8: Fame Windows
9:45 – 10:55am Session 3
Micro and Nanotechnology Without Walls
Rio Salado College is a large urban insitution originally chartered as the "College Without Walls". Serving a nontraditional student popoulation within the Maricopa Community College District, the College has begun a journey to
incorporate a multidisciplinary approach to Micro and Nanotechnology. This presentation will describe the early steps
used to idenitify community partners, generate internal buy-in, and align certificate and degree programs with local
education and workforce demands.
Presenter: Rick Vaughn, Rio Salado Community College
Incorporating Social and Ethical Implications of Nanotechnology in Science, Technology and Society
(STS) Course at DeVry University, Addison
The presentation highlights the approaches used to teach social and ethical implications of nanotechnology in a STS
course. The course exposes students to the challenges of new and emerging technologies, and provides a foundation to
guide and direct their technological knowledge into responsible awareness and choices for solving local/global issues.
Presenter: Ahmed Khan, Devry University
NanoSafety Training: Being Proactive to Train Workers to Handle Nanomaterials
This presentation will discuss the country’s first federally funded grant by OSHA to train workers on how to properly
handle nanomaterials. This grant is a major step to address the training needs and to act as a catalyst to empower
businesses who manufacture nanomaterials to begin to establish reliable safety procedures. Furthermore, the grant will
disseminate data to how effective was the training and the participants’ perception of the program.
Presenter: Dominick Fazarro, University of Texas at Tyler
Tuesday, May 8: Fame Windows
9:45 – 10:55am Session 4
Aligning Nano Technology to Regional Industry Clusters with Common First Year Curriculum
This presentation will overview the process of developing a set of three integrated Engineering Technology associate
degree programs at Chippewa Valley Technical College with a common first year curriculum derived from a single
Nanoscience program.
The programs developed include Industrial Engineering Technician to support the food processing industry; Nano
Engineering Technology to support electronics, thin film, and biotechnology; and Manufacturing Engineering
Technologist to support design fundamentals for metals, plastics, and general consumer products.
Presenter: Mark Hendrickson, Chippewa Valley Technical College
Creating a NanoFabrication Program at Your College
Learn about Central Arizona College’s approach to creating a nanofabrication program. This involves understanding
local industry workforce and training needs and identifying model educational programs. To actually develop the
program we are identifying outcomes and relevant standards and forming local partnerships.
Industry will play a big part in the form of an advisory council as well as a potential source of funding to offset lab fees for
students. We have tips on gaining support from the administration and reaching out to feeder schools for enrollment
Presenter: Pete Lomeli, Central Arizona College
They Don't Know What They Don't Know Industry Summit
Interacting with industry is critical for the success of every technician program but it is often a difficult relationship to
initiate and maintain.
These 15 minutes will discuss the "Nano Summit" approach that has been offered by educational institutions in
partnership with city councils or economic development to get the word out to industry about nanotechnology. The nano
summits have proven successful in educating companies, increasing advisory board members and providing jobs for
Presenter: Deb Newberry, Nano-Link
Tuesday, May 8: Fame Windows
9:45 – 10:55am Session 5
Improving Undergraduate Research Skills in an Introductory Nanotechnology Course
Research on a variable nanotechnology topic were performed by the students in an introductory nanotechnology course.
Themes such as hydrophobicity in plants, how to reverse humidity in walls, etc. were studied. The conclusions were
presented in a poster section. It was considered the most appealing activity during the semester.
Presenter: Estevao Rosim-Fachini, University of Puerto Rico – Piedras Campus
Challenges and Opportunities with Integrating Nanotechnology Education into a Biotechnology
The Lone Star College Biotechnology Institute (LSCBI) has established a research lab with electron microscopy
capabilities and has plans to introduce life science applications of nanotechnology to students. We will discuss the
interactions between NACK and the LSCBI, share our challenges and successes and our plans for the future.
Presenter: Daniel Kainer, Lone Star College – Montgomery
Super Simple Superhydrophobic Surfaces
I will show you how your students can produce superhydrophobic surfaces in the classroom in a matter of minutes using
simple, cheap and safe materials. These surfaces meet both the roll off angle and contact angle definitions of
superhydrophobic surface, and illustrate self cleaning behavior as well.
Presenter: Tom Deits, Nano-Link