University of Calgary implements nanotechnology education program

April 11, 2011 – Marketwire — NanoProfessor, a division of NanoInk Inc. focused on nanotechnology education, implemented its NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. The school is the first in Canada to use this nano education program.

The University of Calgary’s Nanoscience program provides a working knowledge of nanotechnology and exposure to cutting-edge instrumentation used to fabricate nanomaterials. The NanoProfessor Program helps the University of Calgary meet this objective by providing instrumentation, curriculum, and hands-on labs to expand students’ understanding, skills, and real-world experience needed to succeed in the growing nanotechnology industry.

"We are committed to providing our students with a meaningful education based on the principle of learning science by doing science," said David Cramb, Director of the Nanoscience program at the University of Calgary. "Not only does the NanoProfessor Program enhance our ability to provide students with a practical learning experience, but NanoInk’s NLP 2000 Desktop Nanofabrication System allows us to expand our research capability through the versatility of Dip Pen Nanolithography (DPN)."

The NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program will complement the University of Calgary’s existing nanoscience educational offerings, covering medicine, materials, energy, electronics, biotechnology and more.

The NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program aims to expand hands-on nanotechnology education from the cleanrooms of research-based universities to undergraduate classrooms, and suits nanotechnology educational initiatives at the community college, technical institute, and undergraduate university level. The program alternates between classroom lectures and hands-on lab work and includes a textbook authored by leading nanotechnology experts, covering the topics of Nanotechnology Basics, NanoPhysics, NanoChemistry, NanoBiology and Environmental, Health, and Safety perspectives on nanotechnology.

During the hands-on lab experiments, students learn the fundamentals for building custom-engineered, nanoscale structures while working with state-of-the-art equipment including NanoInk’s NLP 2000 Desktop NanoFabrication System, a student-friendly atomic force microscope (AFM), an advanced fluorescence microscope, and various chemical and biological materials used in current and emerging nanotechnology applications.

The NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program aims to advance the field of nanoscience and address the growing need for a skilled workforce of nanotechnologists. Learn more at www.NanoProfessor.net.

The University of Calgary is a comprehensive research university, ranked one of Canada’s top seven research universities and a member of the 13 most research intensive universities in Canada, combining the best of long-established university traditions with the city of Calgary’s vibrant energy and diversity. More information is available at http://ucalgary.ca/

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