Program Supported by $200K NSF Grant
By Edwin L. Aguirre
UMass Lowell is offering a new interdisciplinary course on nanomanufacturing starting this fall.
Called the Nanoscale Transport Phenomena for Manufacturing Nanodevices, the program is offered under the direction of chemical engineering Asst. Prof. Zhiyong Gu and will involve four other faculty members from three engineering departments — Profs. Al Donatelli (Chemical Engineering), Hongwei Sun (Mechanical Engineering) and Bridgette Budhlall and Carol Barry (Plastics Engineering).
“The course showcases our strong nanomanufacturing research and education on campus,” says Gu, who is a faculty member of UMass Lowell’s Nanomanufacturing Center. “It will be presented through lectures, hands-on laboratory exercises, demonstration experiments and a final design project.”
The course, which was developed through a two-year, $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education Program, will help prepare undergraduates for employment in areas focusing on nano/microfluidic systems, lab-on-a-chip devices, medical devices and other emerging technologies.
“This senior-level course will significantly enhance the ‘Nanomaterials Engineering Option’ in the Chemical Engineering undergraduate curriculum, as well as the medical device industry focus in Plastics Engineering,” says Gu.