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FFF3.05 - Evolution of Material Science Content in a NanoScience Technologist Program 
April 23, 2014   10:30am - 10:45am

In 2004 Dakota County Technical College initiated an AAS degree program in NanoScience. Because of the rich industry base of the region the designed program was multi-disciplinary encompassing nanoelectronics, nanobiotechnology and nanomaterials. Program content is application and industry need driven and supplemented by recent research findings. As is often the case with nanoscale science, lines between traditional science areas tend to become blurred. Materials science concepts are critical to the understanding of nanoelectronics and nanobiotech. One aspect of this presentation will be to discuss the interdependency and developed educational approaches.Within the material science content use of problems, simulations and hands-on learning with nanomechanical indenters has evolved over the years of the program. The evolution of content has been formed by industry input and applications, nanoscience discoveries and new product development. Recent research results, such as those contributing to understanding the strength of the abalone shell have been used as project based learning activities within the curriculum and have enhanced the materials science content.Material science content, evolution of that content, lessons learned and use in grades from middle school through undergraduate levels will be discussed.

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Keynote Address
Panel Discussion - Different Approaches to Commercializing Materials Research
Business Challenges to Starting a Materials-Based Company
Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience
Application of In-situ X-ray Absorption, Emission and Powder Diffraction Studies in Nanomaterials Research - From the Design of an In-situ Experiment to Data Analysis