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Pioneering Multi-Institutional Collaborative Nanotechnolgy Education

Using Internet2 videoconferencing technology, Lehigh University is leading the way in web-based education by sharing collaborative, multi-institutional, graduate level education among members of the Materials Pennsylvania Coalition (MatPAC). The MatPAC, which was founded by Lehigh, was recently adopted at Nanotechnology 2002 as the model of education to expedite nanotechnology education across the state of Pennsylvania. It will serve as a model for collaborative nanotechnology education, research, and technology transfer among PA universities and colleges.

Materials Pennsylvania Coalition (MatPAC)


Internet2 videoconferencing for shared courses and research collaboration
Shared research facilities and instrumentation between Pennsylvania based universities
Smartboard & Web-based course materials for shared exchange of knowledge

The MatPAC consists of six Pennsylvania based universities: Lehigh University, University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Penn State University, University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University. The MatPAC involves materials research centers and departments which collaborate to share research facilities and inter-university based courses (via I2 videoconferencing) in materials science & engineering graduate and undergraduate education, thereby taking advantage of every strength in materials education across the state. The MatPAC initiative is pioneering the expansion of graduate level course offerings in advanced materials science and nanotechnology across the state.

Through the MatPAC, six one-semester classes are taught in a two-year cycle, thus each university contributes one class per two-year period, and receives five. A high technology Internet2 videoconferencing classroom, completed at Lehigh University in January 2002 (and pictured above), is a model of technology for other MatPAC universities to implement. Since MatPAC's inception in 2000, the University of Liverpool has provided technological expertise and developmental support in materials education. The UK Centre for Materials Education, based at Liverpool, is involved in materials research, education development, dissemination of good practice, network building, and public understanding. MatPAC is adopting these missions as their own as they work closely with their UK counterparts.

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Other strong nanotechnolgy educational programs associated with CAMN are: 1) the nanoelectronics educational program, 2) the Lehigh Microscopy School, and the 3) Science, Technololgy and Science Program for managing the impact of nanotechnology on society and the environment.

Graduate Certificate Program in Nanomaterials

Four course certificate program enables students to gain a working knowledge of a broad range of instrumentation for solving nanotechnology problems.
Credits earned towards a certificate may be accepted as part of a master's or Ph.D. degree program in materials science and engineering, or the master's degree in nanomaterials currently being developed.
Admission and requirements details
Core courses:
Materials for Nanotechnology
Strategies for Nanocharacterization
Elective courses:
Thin Film Processing and Mechanical Behavior
Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis
Crystallography and Diffraction
Advanced Transmission Electron Microscopy
Advanced Scanning Electron Microscopy

Nanoelectronics Educational Programs

Electron-beam Writing

Device Measurements



Educational programs stress both theory and application
Community outreach in nanoelectric short courses is an important program component
Industrial users form a strong partnership in a university-industry affiliates program
Advanced processing and measurement facilities provide a rich hands-on environment

Lehigh Microscopy School   link

World renowned set of short courses in electron microscopy and related techniques.
Over 5000 scientists, engineers, and technicians from universities, industrial research labs, and national labs trained since 1970.
U.S. experts educate participants in scanning, transmission, analytical, and other microscopies and spectroscopies
Of particular relevance to nanoscale science are unique courses on:

Characterization of Nanostructures
Atomic Force and Scanning Probe Microscopy (AFM/SPM)
Analytical Electron Microscopy (AEM)

Nanoscale Science For K-12 Students   link

Helping Students Understand Through “Hands-On” Problem Solving and Electron Microscopy
Internet2 enables students to access microscopes at Lehigh from classroom desktops.
Electron microscope images embedded in scientific inquiry become effective idea stimulators.
Students can create their own images and artifacts.
Exciting introduction to nanoscale science & nanotechnology

For more information please visit Lehigh ImagiNations Website

Managing the Impact of Nanotechnology on Society and the Environment
Lehigh maintains the third oldest Science, Technology, & Society (STS) Program
in the nation - a 30 year tradition of collaborative interdisciplinary research
in the social, ethical, and political implications of scientific research and technological innovation

In nanotechnology, Science, Technology and Society Programs are needed to:

Raise public awareness of anticipated, profound social consequences of nanotechnology, especially in molecular biotechnology, defense, and robotics
Consider the social and environmental issues and consequences as part of the R&D process
Encourage cross-disciplinary thinking to accomplish constructive, rather than destructive, nanotechnology applications
Promote positive impacts (e.g., improved sensing techniques and processes for removal of the smallest contaminants in the environment)
Combat misinformation and disseminate accurate information





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