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Implementing a Training Program for the Nanotechnology Workforce at the University of Puerto Rico

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Abstract:

As a partner of the National Center for Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK Center, Pennsylvania State University (PSU)), the University of Puerto Rico is engaged in addressing industry needs for a skilled nanotechnology workforce in Puerto Rico. This paper presents the results of adapting the curriculum and offering as workshops a set of micro-and nanotechnology courses (“Capstone Semester”) developed by Penn State's Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization (CNEU). This effort can be used as a model of collaboration to help a STEM program, with basic experience in nanotechnology research, to get engaged in advanced workforce nanotechnology education. Also, the training program fosters the inclusion of nanotechnology topics in our curriculum and helps to improve our nanotechnology infrastructure.

Keywords: NANOTECHNOLOGY COURSES; NANOTECHNOLOGY EDUCATION; WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jne.2012.1026

Publication date: March 1, 2013

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