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Stony Brook’s College Of Engineering And Applied Sciences Creates Undergraduate Minor In Nanotechnology Studies

Oct 15, 2007 - 1:55:07 PM

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STONY BROOK, N.Y., October 15, 2007—Professors from four Departments in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University have been awarded a $187,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop an integrated, research-intensive minor in Nanotechnology Studies. The program, scheduled to begin the Spring 2008 semester, will be the first of its kind in New York State and one of very few academic minors on nanotechnology in the country.

Nanotechnology is the engineering of functional systems and the creation of devices and systems at the molecular scale. Commonly referred to as advanced miniaturization, nanotechnology has widespread applications in today’s world including power sources, communications, computing, electronics, and healthcare.

The Stony Brook University program is unique because it accommodates students from a wide range of academic backgrounds—from biology to sociology to engineering. The inclusion of multiple majors was specifically designed to promote the multidisciplinary nature of the nanotechnology field.

Each student will study nanotechnology through a curriculum tailored to their area of interest, incorporating two semesters of hands-on research in their major with additional mentorship from a faculty team representing the entire engineering spectrum. In addition, each student will take a capstone course which provides training in professional development, including how to present research at a conference, how to write a research grant and how to publish in a research journal.

The tailored curriculum will allow students to apply their specialized knowledge to critical issues of regional or national importance. For example, several students will work with the Environmental Nanotechnology laboratory to develop materials for removing toxic metals from drinking water. These students will also take course work which allows them to understand the broader societal and health issues surrounding polluted water resources, and how nanotechnology can be designed to meet that challenge.

All students in the minor will have the opportunity to work side by side with world-class researchers at Stony Brook; a select number of students from Hofstra University will be integrated into the research teams. An annual symposium at Stony Brook University will showcase student research projects.

The program is led by co-Principal Investigators Gary Halada of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering; Molly Frame of the Department of Biomedical Engineering; Chad Korach of the Department of Mechanical Engineering; and David Ferguson of the Department of Technology and Society.

For further information on the new nanotechnology minor, please contact Gary Halada at (631) 632-8526 or


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