Nanoengineering and Nanotechnology
Please Notice: This Program is being phased out effective Spring 2023**
**Students currently in this program will be able to complete their coursework until Summer 2026. If a student is not planning to complete by that time, they are encouraged to reach out to their advisor to review other major options.
About the Program
Nanoengineering and Nanotechnology (formerly called Advanced Materials Technology - AMT) is the study and application of extremely small things and can be used across all the other science fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, and engineering.
This program will prepare students for careers in emerging nanoengineering and nanotechnology industries as entry-level nanotechnicians in research and development corporations, nanofabrication, nanobiology/agriculture, nanomedicine, nanoelectronics, and nanomaterials.
NVC Scholarships & Undergrad Research Projects in Nano- Program
The NanoEngineering and NanoTechnology program at NVC will be offering undergraduate research projects and workshops in fall 2021. The students who are enrolled in the Nano program and/or are taking nanotechnology courses can participate in these workshops and will receive a stipend up to $1,800. Students will be trained on using microscopy and spectroscopy techniques, biomedical engineering projects, and nano-electronics.
This is a great learning opportunity and also helps students financially. If there are open slots, other NVC STEM students may be considered. To receive the stipend, students must successfully complete and participate in the workshop.
Space is limited so if you’re interested in these workshops, please email Jason Giuliani, coordinator of the NVC NanoEngineering program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What will I learn?
The program will give graduates the knowledge, skills and abilities to operate a variety of nanofabrication equipment, understand scientific principles and the behavior of matter at the atomic level in chemical, as well as biological and molecular systems.
What can I do with this course of study?
This course of study prepares students for a career in the field of Nanotechnology and material science. Graduate students are employed as entry-level manufacturing operators, test technicians and materials technicians. Graduate students can also continue their education towards a bachelor degree.
What is special about this program?
Nanoengineering, Nanotechnology, and Advanced Materials are a new multidisciplinary field that will impact 70% of all new technologies. Nanotechnology is a cutting edge science that promises to revolutionize the world as we know it. We offer one of the few degree programs worldwide, but the field is growing rapidly. According to the National Nanotechnology Initiative (http://www.nano.gov/), the industry is expected to generate two million new jobs, and trillions of dollars of investment. The demand for nano-scale materials is projected to grow an average of 30% per year over the next few years.
During the program curriculum, the equipment a student will gain experience with includes but is not limited to the following:
- Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
- Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)
- Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)
- Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
- Optical Microscope
- Nanospec Interferometer
- Surface Profiler
- Photolithography: UV Source
- Spin Coater
- Barrel Etcher
- Sputter Coater
Nanoengineering and Nanotechnology is the study and application of extremely small things and can be used across all the other science fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, and engineering.
If you are interested in learning more about nanotechnology, a fundamental course of "NANO1301 - Introduction to Nanotechnology" is highly recommended.
The Advanced Materials Technology (formerly Nanotechnology) program is designed for individuals who plan to obtain entry-level positions or to advance education in a 4-year university.
Student entering the program must have the following skills:
- Basic Computer Skills
- Interested in science and technology
The Nanoengineering and Nanotechnology industry is still in the exploratory stages. We offer one of the few degree programs worldwide, but the field is growing rapidly. According to the National Nanotechnology Initiative (https://www.nano.gov/), the industry is expected to generate two million new jobs by 2015, and trillions of dollars of investment. The demand for nano-scale materials is projected to grow an average of 30% per year over the next few years.
Are you interested in being on the cutting edge of a field that promises to revolutionize the world as we know it? Do you want to be a part of developing a 21st century battlesuit – bullet resistant, no thicker than spandex, and able to automatically react to chemical and biological agents? Do you want to develop new ways to detect and treat cancer? Would you like to develop clean fuels, semi-permanent tattoos or computers that can fit on the head of a pin? The future is now – are you ready to join us as we explore the wonderful world of nanotechnology.
Local Nanotechnology Companies
Nano Science Diagnostics, Inc. (NSD)
Operational Technologies Corporation (OpTech)
Southwest Research Institute (SWRI)
Texas Biomedical Institute
Texas State University- Science and Technology Advancement Park (STAR Park)
Trybula Foundation, Inc.
The University of Texas Health Science Center- San Antonio (UTHSCSA)
Jobs After Graduation
Job Titles for Nanoengineering and Nanotechnology Graduates:
Biological Laboratory Tech.
Chemical Laboratory Tech.
Equipment Maintenance Tech.
Failure Analysis Tech.
Materials Science Lab Tech.
Medical Devices Tech.
Quality Control Tech.
Solid State Tech.
Thin Films Tech.
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NANO 1301 - Introduction to Nanotechnology
EGRT 1305 - Engineering Materials
EGRT 2470 - Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering
NANO 2326 - Nanotechniques and Instrumentation
NANO 2325 - Nanotechnology Materials
SMFT 1343 - Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology
BITC 2311 - Biotechnology Lab Instrumentation
BITC 2486 - Internship - Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
NANO 2486 - Internship-Nanotechnology
MATH 1414 - College Algebra (Precal Track)
MATH 2412 - Precalculus
MATH 2413 - Calculus I
PHYS 2425 - University Physics I
BIOL 1406 - Biology for Science Majors I
CHEM 1111 - General Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 1311 - General Chemistry Lecture I
CHEM 1312 - General Chemistry Lecture II
CHEM 1112 - General Chemistry Laboratory II
ENGL 1301 - Composition I
Language, Philosophy & Culture (40) Core
Social and Behavioral Sciences (80) Core