This program involves building structures that are less than one millionth of a meter in dimension. Building on a silicon base, the nanofabrication technician uses photolithography, vapor deposition and gas diffusion to manufacture the transistors and resistors of the modern integrated circuit. Students complete their course work at the Nanofabrication Research Laboratory at the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA, where they are exposed to state of the art equipment and cleanroom facilities. This program runs only during the spring and summer of Pennsylvania State University’s scheduled semesters. Students must complete a separate application for admission.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will
- Describe the fundamental principles of nanotechnology.
- Design, develop create and produce nano-devices with applications in various fields.
- Troubleshoot and provide preventive maintenance and reuse of nano-devices.
- Communicate effectively using the terminology appropriate to nanotechnology.
- Apply the skills necessary for a position as a nano-technician.
Upon completion of this program, students may seek employment in a variety of industries such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, micro-electromechanical devices, optoelectronics, sensors, information storage, power electronics and microelectronics.