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Master of Science in Nanotechnology

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  • Course description
    Nanotechnology is the exciting field that is enabling solutions in alternative energy, medical diagnostics and therapeutics, next generation wireless communications. The Master of Science in Engineering degree program in Nanotechnology prepares students to take leadership roles in emerging high tech industries as well as traditional industries that exploit nanoscale phenomena. This interdisciplinary program draws on world recognized faculty and courses in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Wharton School.

    The flexible curriculum allows both full-time and part-time options. The technical courses are organized into the three core areas of nanotechnology: Synthesis, Materials and Nanofabrication; Devices and Fundamental Properties; and Biotechnology. In addition courses are required in Introductory Nanotechnology, societal impact of nanotechnology, and commercialization. Students design a curriculum from a number of pre-approved combinations of courses in these categories. Example curricula are shown here. The curriculum structure allows students to match background and interests while preparing for exciting new challenges.

    Students in nanotechnology approach the program with diverse backgrounds and goals. Those coming directly from their undergraduate degree have backgrounds in physics, chemistry, bioengineering, materials science, electrical engineering, systems engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering and applied science, and chemical engineering. Those coming from industry may come from electronics, materials, biomedical, alternative energy, civil defense, or sustainable development sectors. This diversity provides a dynamic learning environment for creative problem solving ... Much like the nanotechnology field.

    The Master's degree in Nanotechnology prepares students for this profession with a solid foundation in the three technical core areas: Nanofabrication, Devices and Properties, and Biotechnology; as well as Commercialization, and Societal Impacts of Technology. Courses are offered by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Wharton School.
    Curriculum Overview
    The Master's degree in Nanotechnology prepares students for this profession with a solid foundation in the three technical core areas: Nanofabrication, Devices and Properties, and Biotechnology; as well as Commercialization, and Societal Impacts of Technology. Courses are offered by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Wharton School.

    Requires 10 course units:
    • Two required courses:
      • ESE/MSE 525: NanoScale Science and Engineering and
      • ESE 574: The Principles and Practice of Microfabrication Technology or
      • MSE 565: Fabrication and Characterization of Devices Micro and Nanostructured Devices
    • One from Synthesis, Materials and NanoFabrication
    • Two from  Devices and Fundamental Properties
    • Two from Biotechnology
    • Two from Technology Management and Commercialization
    • One free elective (as approved by Program Director)
    In addition students must attend 4 technical seminars offered by any of the relevant departments.  Note that the selection of electives must meet the program requirements specified by the academic faculty committee. Not all combinations would be approved, but several typical combinations are illustrated under ‘sample curricula’

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