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CNSE Gives Students a View of Growing Career Opportunities in Nanotechnology

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The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) provided more than 300 elementary, middle- and high-school students from across upstate New York with an inside look at the exciting world of nanotechnology when it held its popular NanoCareer Day at CNSE’s Albany NanoTech Complex on March 21.

Video: More than 300
students  from across
New York visit SUNY CNSE
for NanoCareer Day

NanoCareer Day is designed to help prepare students for a growing number of nanotechnology-related careers in the Capital Region and New York State, while also addressing the critical national need to stimulate students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

NanoCareer Day included presentations by CNSE faculty on the emerging science of nanotechnology and the career opportunities it offers; hands-on demonstrations explaining the applications of nanotechnology research and development; and tours of CNSE’s world-class Albany NanoTech Complex, a $20 billion megaplex that is the most advanced in the academic world.

The National Science Foundation projects the need for 2 million nanotechnology-savvy workers by 2014, with 20 percent expected to be scientists and the remaining 80 percent consisting of highly skilled engineers, technicians, business leaders, economists and others, with expertise ranging from two-year associate degrees to doctoral degrees.

CNSE Equipment Evaluation and Support Specialist, Steve Stewart, leads students through a
gowning and cleanroom activity in CESTM

Participating schools, including their counties, were: Broadalbin-Perth Middle School, Broadalbin-Perth Central School District (Fulton); Queensbury High School, Queensbury Union Free Central School District (Warren); Frankfort-Schuyler High School, Frankfort-Schuyler Central School District (Herkimer); Brighter Choice Charter Middle School for Girls and Boys (Albany); Owen D. Young Central School (Herkimer); Lake George High School, Lake George Central School District (Warren); Saranac High School, Saranac Central School District (Clinton); Hadely-Luzerne Central School (Warren);  Argyle High School, Argyle Central School (Washington) and Burnt Hills - Ballston Lake Central School District (Schenectady).