Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanonengineering Degree Programs

By Earl Boysen, Nancy C. Muir, Desiree Dudley, Christine Peterson

The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering is part of a local economic stimulus program with the strong involvement of startup companies. One of the two schools involved, North Carolina A&T State University, began as a school for African Americans, while the other, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, was historically a women’s school.

This joint school offers the following degree programs:

  • Professional Science Master’s in Nanoscience features course work in nanoscience and business and an internship to provide practical experience. It is designed for students with strong background in technical fields who seek additional specialized training to qualify them for positions in companies that work in the field of nanotechnology.

  • PhD in Nanoscience is designed to prepare students to effectively carry out advanced nanoscience research in industrial, governmental, or academic settings.

  • Master of Science in Nanoengineering is designed for students with a strong background in engineering who seek additional, specialized training in order to find industrial or government positions in fields that utilize nanotechnology.

  • Ph.D. in Nanoengineering is designed to prepare students to take positions in industrial, governmental, or academic research settings by providing a solid background in nanoengineering theory and experimental techniques.

Based in North Carolina, JSNN offers courses in nanotechnology that were previously hard to come by in that area of the country. The school has begun teaching classes while building a facility that will be completed at the end of 2011.

According to the school description, it “seeks to develop collaborations with the local and regional businesses that will raise the Triad’s Nanotechnology profile with the goal of attracting new industry and investment to the area and by doing so helping to stimulate the economic growth.”