– The National Science Foundation has provided a one-year, $100,000 grant to Florida Tech to develop a Nanotechnology laboratory course. The elective
undergraduate course will be offered in spring 2004.
Nanotechnology is the study and design of systems at the nanoscale, the scale of the atom. Everyday wonders, such as silicon chips, gigabyte disk drives
and light-emitting diodes are examples of devices that are based on atomically engineered materials. These items would not be conceivable if it were not
possible to “see” and manipulate materials at the level of the individual atom.
Nanotechnology is a highly interdisciplinary field. At Florida Tech, the study will involve physics, chemistry, biology, chemical engineering, materials
science, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering and electrical engineering.
Key Florida Tech faculty members involved in this new laboratory course are Dr. James Mantovani, assistant professor of physics and space sciences; Dr.
James Brenner, assistant professor of chemical engineering; Dr. Kurt Winkelmann, assistant professor of chemistry; and Dr. Jay Burns III, professor
emeritus of physics and space sciences.
Florida Tech is listed among America’s best colleges in U.S. News and World Report. It was also named one of the top 14 technical institutions in
engineering in the Fiske Guide to Colleges.