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.
Scientists are rarely offered specific instruction on how to articulate the value and impact of their research to non-technical audiences. This workshop series offers practice-based training to enhance students' ability to communicate with clarity, concision, and conviction when speaking to audiences such as hiring committees, funders, industry professionals, journalists, and policymakers.
We also offer professional training workshops to sharpen science communication skills with an emphasis on communicating with the public.