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Nano Engineering Minor


Nanotechnology will be one of the key engines that drive our technological society in the twenty-first century. This rapidly growing area will enable a variety of novel engineering tools for efficient new energy storage and conversion, mechanical systems, aerospace structures, nano-photonics, semiconducting devices, electronics, biotechnology, medical diagnosis and therapy, and drug delivery. For instance, nanotechnology research has produced such materials as nano imaging agents for early cancer diagnosis, nano carriers for targeted drug delivery, nano composites for supercapacitors and advanced electrochemical energy storage devices; novel pulsed power capacitors for reducing the rate and rapid cycling demand on the batteries of hybrid/electric vehicles, and flexible, highly conductive, but low loss thin films for solar energy cells. All these developments in nanotechnology will require new knowledge in related materials and device applications. Thus, the training of students in the nanotechnology aspects of engineering for the next decade will present a major challenge in college level engineering education.
To address this major challenge, the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) at UC has established a new undergraduate minor program, namely Nano Engineering Minor (NEM). This educational plan is to build on existing nanotechnology courses developed under several NSF funded Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) programs. A new curriculum is developed that is tailored to the knowledge needs of different disciplinary areas including biomedical, mechanical, chemical, environmental, aerospace, and electrical engineering. The new NEM program focuses on nano- engineering applications to prepare students for the most active areas of today's nanotechnology industry. The program will provide students with first-hand experience in defining problems and finding solutions synthesized within the context of engineering education.
The Nano Engineering Minor program is implemented under the semester system. The focus of this program is to increase students’ knowledge of nanotechnologies so as to broaden their Co-Op experience, and to augment their job prospects. The minor is designed to be flexible so that diverse disciplines including all Engineering majors in CEAS at UC can tailor the courses taken under this program, as suited to their individual needs.
The university requirements for a minor are 18 semester credits. Of these, 12 credits are to be satisfied by the core nanotechnology courses. The remaining credits will be fulfilled by courses already existing in the individual programs, which have significant NEM component, especially in the field of materials engineering. The NEM offers four nano-based courses:
  1. Introduction to Nanoscale Science and Technology (20-ENFD 3008), which is an introductory course designed to teach students about basic nanomaterials structure, synthesis, and characterization. Novel nanotechnologies in several key areas are also introduced in this course.
  2. Experimental Nanoscale Science and Technology (20-ENFD-3010L) is a lab course that focuses on the hands on experiences involved in the current nanotechnologies that are introduced in 20-ENFD 3008.
  3. Fuel Cells II: Applications (20-CHE 6058C), a dual-level course which deals with specific nanotechnology applications for sustainable energy generation and storage.
  4. MTEN 6012C “Nanostructured Materials Engineering, which is a dual level course on the nano structures and properties at a higher level.
The Nano Engineering Minor consists of the following parts:

  1. Three courses in nanotechnology: Experimental Nanoscale Science and Technology (20-ENFD- 3010L); Fuel Cells II: Applications (20-CHE 6058C), and Nanostructured Materials Engineering (MTEN 6012C).
  2. One course from a master list of approved courses in the individual programs. This list includes courses from engineering and the physical sciences that have significant materials science content (ex: MECH 2030 “Solid Mechanics” and AEEM 1001/ENED 1030 “Statics & Basic Strength of Materials”).
  3. One fundamental course in nanotechnology: (20-ENFD 3008) Introduction to Nanoscale Science and Technology.
  4. A Thermodynamics course from individual engineering program. For Biomedical Engineering, the required Thermodynamics course is MTEN 3082 Introduction to Thermodynamics, which is offered by the Materials Science and Engineering Program.
  5. Substitutions are possible when classes not listed are similar to those listed, or if a particular class is not available. More course details can be found in the following table.
Requirements for a Minor in Nanotechnology 18 credits

Two Required Courses (6 credits)
  1. 20-ENFD 3008 Introduction to Nanoscale Science and Technology
  2. Thermodynamics (any of the following)
AEEM 2022 Thermodynamics and Energy Systems
CHE 2064 Material and Energy Balances
CHE 3062 CHE Thermodynamics
CVE 2005 Fluid Mechanics/Thermodynamics
MECH 2010 Thermodynamics
MTEN 3082 Introduction to Thermodynamics
Three of the ENFD and MTEN courses in nanotechnology
(9 credits)

(20-ENFD-3010L) Experimental Nanoscale Science and  Technology
 (20-CHE 6058) Fuel Cells II:  Applications
 (MTEN 6012C) Nanostructured Materials Engineering
 (MTEN3076) Materials Selection
 (MTEN6096) Smart Materials
 (MTEN6010) Physical Properties of Solids
 (MTEN6041) Functional Ceramic Devices
Any one of these UG electives (3 credits)

BME 4051C Biomaterials in Medical Devices
BME 6024 Joint Biomechanics and Measurement Methods
BME 6030 Functional Tissue Engineering
CHE 6059 Inorganic Membranes
CHE 6076 Colloid Science
CHE 6089 Zeolites
CHE 6099 Interfacial Phenomena
CVE 2003C Construction Materials + Lab
CVE 6011 Advanced Strengths of Materials
AEEM 1001 Statics/BSOM
AEEM 3062 Computational Mechanics
AEEM 4052C Mechanics of Solids
AEEM 5042 Aerospace Materials
EECE2077 Semiconductor Devices
EECE4982 Solid Sate Electronics II
EECE4974 Electromagnetic Fields II
EECE4965 Electronics Laboratory
MECH 2020 Statics and Particle Dynamics
MECH 2030 Solid Mechanics
MECH 6010 Advanced Strength of Materials
MECH 6085 Advanced Biomechanics
Total: 18 credits


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