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Educational Needs for Personnel in Nanotechnology: Core Competencies for Technicians

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Nanotechnology is a relatively new and growing area that is developing into applications involving a wide variety of processes and products. While scientists and engineers are able to provide the basis for these applications, future progress will require the education of technicians to develop, maintain and and operate equipment, and to translate process development into production. This paper presents the results of a survey of nanotechnology professionals focused on the competencies these technicians will need to have to adequately function as technicians in the nanotechnology area. With these competencies understood, educational providers will have sufficient information for the development of needed curricula, both basic and applied. Current curriculum sources are discussed and several sources are provided. The results of this study indicate that a broad base of education is needed, while specific applications may require training in specific knowledge and processes technologies.

Keywords: COMPETENCIES; EDUCATION; MATERIALS; OPERATIONS; PROCESSING; TECHNOLOGY

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jne.2012.1024

Publication date: March 1, 2013

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  • The Journal of Nano Education (JNE) is a peer-reviewed international journal that aims to provide the most complete and reliable source of information on current developments in nanoscale science, technology, engineering, and medical education.
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