The Degree Paths in Microsystems& Nanotechnology Hal Evensen Program Coordinator, MSNT Spring, 2014
Info about Microsystems & Nanotechnology • Definitions/Background: • What are Microsystems? Nanotechnology? At UW-Platteville? • Curriculum/facilities • The degree path(s): • B.S. in MSNT • Minor in MSNT • Engineering Physics with MSNT Emphasis • Helpful links • Your questions and feedback
Definitions/background • Microsystems technology • Products with structures in the micrometer range; • The diameter of a human hair is about 100 micrometers. • MEMS sensors, microelectronics, and microfluidicdevices. • Can involve concepts from mechanical and electrical engineering, biology and chemistry.
Definitions/background • Nanotechnology • The science, engineering and application of materials and objects at the sub-100 nanometer size scale. • A virus is roughly 100 nm long. • Novelpropertiesof materials at this scale lead to new applications; • Fabrication, manipulation, imaging and analysis of nanoscale features; • Physics, chemistry, materials science & biology topics. www.nature.com
MSNT @ UW-Platteville • … a multidisciplinary program that develops future scientists & engineers who are capable of addressing problems of a nontraditional nature, including: • Participating in industrial research, especially • Contributing to the development and application of microsystems and nanomaterials; • Also, preparation for further study if desired. • The curriculum has a foundation of the major principles of a traditional discipline (biology, chemistry, physics), augmented with specialized knowledge in the realm of nanomaterials. The application of new techniques in physics, chemistry, and biology at very small scales in order to create multidisciplinary solutions to very large problems.
MSNT @ UW-Platteville Equipment in a hands-on program Microplotter Atomic force microscope Atomic force microscope 3.0 nm! Sputterer Scanning electron microscope NEW June 2014
MSNT @ UW-Platteville Student creations & images Penny-patterned gold film Scratched AFM image ~300 nm nanofibers SEM images: SEEDS Microfluid device Graphene nano- transistor AFM image – moth wing
Three degree paths: 1. Engineering • Engineering: • Engineering Physics major with Emphasis in Nanomaterials (est. Fall 2013) • Strong support from industry • “This (program) looks very good. Graduates should be very helpful for [our company] and others.” • ABET-accredited engineering degree • Technical electives in nanomaterials… • …and Organic Chemistry
Three degree paths2. Science • Science: • Major in Microsystems & Nanomaterials • established Spring 2014 • Not engineering… • More science (esp. Chemistry) • More choice in technical electives • Flexibility to combine degree with Chemistry, Biology, EP degrees • In 4, 4.5, or 5 years
Three degree paths3. Minor • Minor: • Minor in Microsystems & Nanotechnology • established 2007… still here! • Works with EP, ME, EE, Biology, Chemistry… • “9 credits beyond graduation” • " I think the minor was very valuable and some of the knowledge that I've learned has helped me in the real world. " • “The interdisciplinary aspect was very useful, since it was rare if a student worked with other majors on a project in upper level engineering courses… Having this experience during school proved useful during job interviews.”
MSNT Courses: Minor, Major Minor 4 core courses, plus degree in Bio, Chem, EE,EP, ME MSNT 1010 “Intro to micro/nano” Hands-on MSNT 3940* “Principles & Apps of Nanoscience” Nano with lab *Also counts for EE/EP MSNT 4230* “MEMS Design, Fabrication & Simulation” Micromachines & fab steps *Also counts for ME/EP MSNT 4000 “Research in MSNT” 1-semester project Major Core courses, plus new courses, capstone, 20 cr. electives And Math Physics, Chemistry, Engineering MSNT 3xx0 “Properties of Materials”From Nano to Macro MSNT 4xx0 “Surfaces, Thin Films, & Heterostructures ” Extension of 3xx0 MSNT 4910 “Capstone Research” 2nd semester of project Organic Biochem Physical Chem Cell Bio OR Inorganic Chem Physics thru Modern or P.Chem II Calc I-II-III+Stats Materials Circuits
MSNT Courses: EP Emphasis Minor 4 core courses, plus degree in Bio, Chem, EE,EP, ME MSNT 1010 “Intro to micro/nano” Hands-on MSNT 3940* “Principles & Apps of Nanoscience” Nano with lab MSNT 4230* “MEMS Design, Fabrication & Simulation” Micromachines & fab steps MSNT 4000 “Research in MSNT” 1-semester project Major Core courses, plus new courses, capstone, 20 cr. electives EP Emphasis MSNT 3xx0 “Properties of Materials”From Nano to Macro MSNT 4xx0 “Surfaces, Thin Films, & Heterostructures ” Extension of 3xx0 MSNT 4910 “Capstone Research” 2nd semester of project Organic Biochem Physical Chem Cell Bio OR Inorganic Chem Physics thru Modern or P.Chem II Calc I-II-III,Diff. EQ Materials Circuits +EP courses (Sensors, Mechanics, Optics, etc.) +Engineering Materials,+1 more engineering elective
MSNT @ UW-Platteville Career opportunities • We expect most MSNT graduates will enter industry • Most employers will be “traditional,” well-established. • Typical starting salaries on par with engineering/science. • UW-Platteville MSNT has received strong support from our industrial advisory board • They have indicated a willingness to take on co-ops, etc., and to sponsor senior design projects.
MSNT @ UW-Platteville Feedback from industry (1/2) Senior Scientist at a Pharmaceuticals company: “I think this is a good direction to take ... I believe this new approach will provide your students with just the right expertise to leverage their knowledge and contribute effectively to a diverse scientific workforce.” Structural Engineer (small business owner): “I think the emphasis track in Engineering Physics the right course for this program… I would be very interested in working together on ways to commercialize products that are being developed.”
MSNT @ UW-Platteville Feedback from industry (2/2) From advanced technology directors at two regional companies that hire UW-Platteville graduates: “We need MSNT graduates “yesterday;” “We cannot find enough qualified MSNT grads to meet our current and future needs.” From a Wisconsin manufacturing company’s director of research: “This (program) looks very good. Graduates should be very helpful for [our company] and others in nano.”
Further Information • Link at www.uwplatt.edu/mn • 5-year dual-major planners • Checksheets • Courses • Facilities • Faculty/staff • Visitor Center handout Yan Wu Program Coordinator 2014-2015 Gokul Gopal Hal Evensen Off Campus 2014-2015
Take-home thoughts • New “science” major in Nanomaterials • Engineering nanomaterials track = optional path in EP • Minor in MSNT • Strength: interdisciplinary skills • Unsure? MSNT 1010, Intro to Micro/Nano – hands on introduction (1 cr)