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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 May 15.

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: Colonie Central High School, South Colonie Central School District (Albany); St. Mary’s School of Waterford, Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany (Saratoga); Holy Spirit School, Diocese of Albany (Rensselaer); Schoharie Central High School, Schoharie Central School District (Schoharie); Morris Central School (Otsego); Gates Chili High School, Gates Chili Central School District (Monroe); Saranac High School, Saranac Central School District (Clinton); Ballston Scholars Program, Ballston Spa Central School District (Saratoga); Galway Junior High School, Galway Central School District (Saratoga); and Bethlehem Central Middle School, Bethlehem Central School District (Albany).