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The new Nanotechnology Processes Option in the undergraduate chemical engineering program allows students both to develop an in-depth understanding of how the core skills of the ChE discipline can be applied towards manufacturing of nanotechnology based products as well as to provide them with multidisciplinary experiences. The option will contain six courses, five required courses and an elective. There are two entirely new sophomore level courses which will lead into three upper division courses already in place. This duality (Breadth plus Depth Pedagogy) will be reinforced in senior lab (ChE 415) in which they will need to synthesize both aspects in their capstone project, and potentially through their Honors College thesis. The courses are described in more detail below.
The Nanotechnology Process Option is being devloped in partnership with Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI), Oregon's first "Signature Research Center". Together with other academic and industrial partners, ONAMI is performing research in nanoscale metrology, transparent and printed electronics, green nanoscience and nanomanufacturing, materials characterization, bulk microfluidics for energy/chemical and medical devices, process intensification and microfabrication; and applying this research to both short- and long-term commercial opportunities ranging from computers to healthcare, and energy systems to environmental remediation. ONAMI leadership will facilitate input on the content of the new courses, be a resource for guest lecturers, and assist in the evaluation of the effectiveness of the new courses in achieving their learning outcomes.
Capstone Senior Lab
Honor's College Thesis
|The development of the Nanotechnology Option is funded by NSF NUE-0532584, the Intel Faculty Fellows Program, the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) and Oregon State University.|