Nanotechnology Degree Programs with Corporate Alliances - dummies

Nanotechnology Degree Programs with Corporate Alliances

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

By finding a school with nanotechnology corporate alliances, you could make your transition from nanoeducation to a paying job much smoother. Several schools are partnering with local companies to offer degrees or programs in nanotechnology that will meet those companies’ workforce needs. In many such initiatives, companies are helping to create the curriculum, provide research facilities, and provide jobs for graduates.

One example is Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) in Minnesota. Working with more than 30 companies in their state, they developed a nanoscience technology curriculum. Because these companies helped to design the program, they are confident that graduates of the program will have the skills they need. Many of the companies have already recruited students from this program’s ranks.


Dakota County Technical College is part of a program called NanoLink, which serves both educators and students of nanotechnology with information on partner colleges and opportunities for high school students interested in nanotechnology.

Several schools have formed an alliance with corporations for their nanoeducation offerings. In Texas, the Nanoelectronics Workforce Development Initiative was developed by Austin Community College (ACC), Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology and Texas State Technical College–Waco. Their focus is to train those interested in becoming engineers in nanoelectronics, a field vital to the semiconductor industry. This program includes the ACC NanoScholar Internship Program, in which selected students get work experience in Sematech’s Advanced Technology Development facility (ATDF).


A few other schools with corporate alliances are Rice University and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany.