The Maryland NanoCenter sees a major challenge for nanotechnology in the development of creative scientists, innovative engineers, and a skilled workforce. Contributions to nano science, engineering, and technology demand unprecedented cross-disciplinary education, as well as exposure to new instruments, materials, and concepts. The rich partnerships and institutional collaborations at Maryland present a strong start in meeting this challenge. New and enhanced facilities represent a significant expansion of teaching and research labs relevant to nanotechnology and bioengineering.
The Maryland NanoCenter has initiated an innovative undergraduate program, the Interdisciplinary Minor Program in Nanoscale Science and Technology, drawing faculty and courses from multiple departments of the A. James Clark School of Engineering and the College of Computer, Math, and Natural Sciences. The program is open to any student majoring in Engineering, Physics, or Chemistry.