August 03, 2009
Congressman Tonko addressed event co-sponsored by CNSE and the National Center for Learning & Teaching at Northwestern University
Albany, NY - The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering ("CNSE")
of the University at Albany, in partnership with the National Center
for Learning and Teaching in Nanoscale Science & Engineering
("NCLT") headquartered at Northwestern University, hosted a national
conference this week to assess the current state of nanoscale science
and engineering education and chart a course for the future.
The "Symposium on Advances in Higher Education in Nanoscale Science
& Engineering," held August 5 through 8 at CNSE's Albany NanoTech
Complex, convened experts at institutions of higher education from
around the nation, including educators, curriculum developers, experts
in simulation and modeling, and scientists and researchers working in
the area of nanoscale science and engineering education. A series of
presentations and discussions provided an important and highly visible
benchmark to support and enhance nanoscience and nanoengineering
educational opportunities at all levels.
Highlights of the event included an address byU.S. Representative Paul Tonko that focused on the critical importance
of building strong nanotechnology educational curricula and outreach
programs, as well as a discussion open to the public entitled "The
Grand Challenges of Nano Education: Why Nano Ed Matters," with speakers
that included Tom Sonderman, vice president of manufacturing systems
and technology for GlobalFoundries.
Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive
Officer of CNSE, said, "The UAlbany NanoCollege is delighted to partner
with the NCLT to host this first-of-its-kind educational symposium. As
nanotechnology enables new advances in nanoelectronics, health care,
energy and other important areas, this conference will play a critical
role in both assessing and enhancing the educational paradigms that are
paramount to supporting U.S. competitiveness in the global economy of
the 21st century."
Dr. Richard Matyi, CNSE Professor of Nanoscience and a conference
organizer, said, "Education is at the heart of nanoscale science and
engineering, from research and development to the commercialization and
deployment of exciting innovations and groundbreaking applications. We
look forward to working with the NCLT and others from across the U.S.
to assess the current nanoscale educational environment, and to
identify new opportunities to ensure development of a well-educated,
well-trained scientific and technological workforce."
Dr. Robert Chang, Director of the NCLT and a conference organizer,
said, "It is a pleasure to collaborate with the College of Nanoscale
Science and Engineering on this pioneering educational symposium, which
addresses a topic of vital importance that has a direct impact on both
innovation and productivity. The presentations and discussions at this
event will provide a critical platform to support and augment
educational efforts at the nanoscale, which have become increasingly
important in today's technology-driven economy."
The need to assess and enhance educational programs centered on
nanoscale science and engineering is particularly timely amid
projections by the National Science Foundation ("NSF") that the U.S.
will need more than two million nanotechnology-savvy workers by 2014.
About CNSE. The UAlbany CNSE is the first college in the world
dedicated to education, research, development, and deployment in the
emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience,
and nanoeconomics. CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex is the most advanced
research enterprise of its kind at any university in the world. With
over $5 billion in high-tech investments, the 800,000-square-foot
complex attracts corporate partners from around the world and offers
students a one-of-a-kind academic experience. The UAlbany NanoCollege
houses the only fully-integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilot
prototyping and demonstration line within 80,000 square feet of Class 1
capable cleanrooms. More than 2,500 scientists, researchers, engineers,
students, and faculty work on site at CNSE's Albany NanoTech, from
companies including IBM, AMD, GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH, Toshiba,
Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML, Novellus Systems, Vistec
Lithography and Atotech. For more information, visit http://www.cnse.albany.edu/.
About NCLT. The NSF-supported National Center for Learning and
Teaching in Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NCLT) is designed to
build capacity in Nanoscale Science and Engineering Education (NSEE),
and aims to equip future generations by advancing science, technology,
engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. NCLT was established in
October 2004 as a national center for learning and teaching of
nanoscale science and engineering. The mission of NCLT is to develop
the next generation of leaders in nanoscale science and engineering
teaching and learning, with an emphasis on NSEE capacity building,
providing a strong impact on national science, technology, engineering
and mathematics education. The guiding theme of the NCLT is learning
and teaching through inquiry and design of nanoscale materials and
applications. For more information, visit http://www.nclt.us/.
Steve Janack, CNSE Vice President for Marketing and Communications
(phone) 518-956-7322 (cell) 518-312-5009