MANHASSET, NY The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at the University at Albany holds the first-ever NanoCareer Day on May 23 to stimulate an interest in math and science.
More than 300 middle and high school students from the New York State's Tech Valley region will get career tips in the emerging field of nanotechnology during the CNSE event. The college is the world’s first devoted exclusively to nanoscale science and engineering education.
"According to the National Science Foundation, the U.S. will need over 2 million nanotechnology-savvy workers by 2014," Alain Kaloyeros, CNSE's vice president and chief administrative officer, said in a statement. "Children between the ages of 10 and 17 must therefore be educated now about the field that will define their job market as adults."
NSF projects that 20 percent are expected to become scientists, with the remainder consisting of engineers, technicians, business leaders and economists.
CNSE is located in the $3 billion, 450,000-square-foot Albany NanoTech complex, which was financed through more governmental and corporate investments. It houses the only pilot prototyping facilities for 200- and 300-mm wafers.
CNSE has more than 150 U.S. and global partners, including some of the world's largest semiconductor and chip-tool manufacturing companies.