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Students of San Francisco Bay Area NTC Chapter Attended A 3-Day Nanotechnology Workshop

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

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San Francisco Bay Area Nanotechnology Council Chapter hits the mark with 3 Day nanotechnology workshop for Students.

By Nick Massetti IEEE Life Senior Member

I’ll tell the story of the event titled: IEEEnanoCON-2016: Inspiring the Next Generation by starting at the end.

Slides of selected presentations of the IEEE SFBA Nanotechnology Council Chapter 3-Day Workshop on Nanotechnology can be found at the following link: https://goo.gl/HbKoD8 

The following are some of the comments from attendees following the 3 day mid-year workshop on nanotechnology designed for college students on Summer break and young professionals.

“First and foremost, I’d like to say that I enjoyed almost every single aspect of the event, and in particular, I thought the diversity of speakers (especially the balance between industry and academia) and locations was excellent.”  Alex, UC Davis Chem E. undergrad.

In my experience, the three days of IEEEnanoCON-2016 resulted in a fantastic combination of getting up to speed in areas of my own interest (biotechnology and medical devices) and developing knowledge and ideas in new polymers, new semiconductor materials, addressing energy needs and clean technologies. To make all this possible, the program brought together an excellent panel of presenters from industry, academia and government research to interact with a very enthusiastic and curious group of young scientists and engineers, from elite schools, universities and colleges from all over.  I take away the inspiration and the energy of a new generation of scientists to lead the field in decades to come.”  Maria, Ph.D., EMBA, Medical Device Consultant

I am deeply grateful for the education I have received from the three days of incredible speakers, great itineraries, enjoyable food, and excellent networking. This event has helped me see possibilities for myself that hadn’t occurred to me before.” Margaret, Undergrad, Foothill College.
The inspiration for the event grew from the RFP issued by the IEEE NTC in early 2015 for a Summer School on Nanotechnology. Although the San Francisco Chapter’s proposal was not the proposal selected for funding, the organizers moved ahead and found local sponsors to subsidize student registration fees and some other event costs. The workshop presented leading industrial scientists, academic researchers, entrepreneurs and government speakers in a broad spectrum of nanotechnology topics. The event was held at three separate locations, one day at each location. Part of the concept involved inviting researchers and interns at the different sites to attend providing golden network opportunities for the registrants. It also provided an opportunity for the registrants to go on tours of the local labs, for example, the Stanford University Nanofabrication Facility.

When the attendance numbers were totaled the student participation alone reached 59 including nine Texas Instruments student interns, who dropped in on day one, and ten IBM student interns, who participated on day two.  In addition to local interns there were also seasoned researchers and professors who stopped in for presentations and some even helped the speakers answer questions. The students reported attending at least 18 universities across the USA and the UK during the academic year. Besides the USA, home countries included Canada, India, Iran, Japan, Russia, and Vietnam. Many were interning at local industrial companies such as Semiconductor equipment supplier Applied Materials, biopharma giant Gilead, Zeiss X-Ray and research giant XEROX-PARC. Event sponsors included IBM, SWCNT manufacturer OCSiAl LLC, and the IEEE SCV Section STEM education fund.

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San Francisco Nano Workshop for Young Professionals

Monday, May 16th, 2016

San Francisco Bay Area IEEE Nanotechnology Council Chapter

3 Day Workshop for Young Professionals

IEEEnanoCON-2016;  Inspiring the Next Generation

Dates: June 13 – 15, 2016

Venues: Texas Instruments; IBM Almaden; and Stanford University

For detailed schedule, see http://sites.ieee.org/sfbanano/ieee-nanocon-2016/

Download the PDF flyer.

IEEEnanoCON-2016 is a three day workshop principally targeting young professionals and college students. IEEEnanoCON-2016 will also serve engineers wishing to retrain into new careers. There will be exposure to a wide range of nanotechnology science and technology topics by established experts in the fields.

Presentations will span nanomaterials and nanodevices, nanophotonics and nanomedicine, nanopolymers and nanosensors along with their applications.

Speakers from Academia and Industry (both entrepreneurs and established enterprises), will review current as well as potential areas of interest in an attempt to spark a drive to get involved in enabling the promise of nanotechnology.

Ample time will be reserved for discussion and interchange with attendees.

IEEEnanoCON-2016’s three days of activities will take place at three venues: Texas Instruments; IBM Almaden; and Stanford University. Free attendance by on-site engineers or professors will be encouraged to maximize networking opportunities.

For detailed schedule and to register, see http://sites.ieee.org/sfbanano/ieee-nanocon-2016/

REGISTER NOW at  https://ieeenanocom2016.eventbrite.com

Sponsored by OCSiAL USA, Perkin Elmer, HP, HP Enterprise and IEEE SCV Section

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Student Branch Chapter formed at Kuvempu University

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

An IEEE Nanotechnology Council Student Branch Chapter was approved in September 2012 at Kuvempu University. There are 44 departments at Kuvempu University. This University has a distance learning program with 77 centres all across India. The University is located in the middle of the Bradra Reserve Forest and adjacent to the Bhadra Dam, and is 32 Km away from Shimoga, a district in the state of Karnataka, situated 345 Km away from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. The University was started in 1987. It completed 25 years and celebrated its silver jubilee event with a grand ceremony and followed by initiation of the University Science, arts and sports exhibition. It even has its own publishing house called “Prasanga”. The University is recognized by University Grants Commission (UGC).

There is a class of 13 people in the department of Nanoscience and Technology. Our Department runs a 2 year master’s course titled “Master of Technology” in Nanoscience and Technology.
An inaugural meeting on the occasion of having got the approval for the IEEE student branch at Kuvempu University was held on Thursday 27, September. Seated separately in the side is Dr.J Manjanna. He has been an inspiration for all of us. They call him “Japan Manja” for the vast years of research experience has had in Japan during his post-doctoral studies. Seated in the chairs are the heads of various departments within the university. From the left: Prof.Bhojya Naik (member of IEEE) is chairman of Nanotechnology department as well as Industrial chemistry, to his right is Prof. Rajeshwar, department of Biochemistry, followed by Dr.B N Jagadale (member of IEEE) who is the chairman of Electronics Department and to his right is Dr. Neelgundh, from Department of Biochemistry and to his right Prof. Vasanthakumar Pai, from department of Industrial Chemistry followed by Prof Venkatesha, the Dean of the Science studies in Kuvempu University and to is right is Prof. Yadav Bodke, from Industrial Chemistry department.

Student Branch Chapter Formed at UT Tyler

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

An IEEE Nanotechnology Student Branch Chapter was chartered  at The University of Texas at Tyler in the Fall semester of 2011.  This chapter is the first of its kind in Texas and 2nd in the world. Dr. Dominick E. Fazarro, UT Tyler Associate Professor in the Industrial Technology Program and IEEE Senior member, had a great supporting cast-Drs. Evelyn Hirt and Walt Trybula, both IEEE Senior members. The faculty in the  Human Resource Development and Technology were delighted to see an expansion of student interest in nanotechnology.  According to Dr. Fazarro, “There is an interest among students in the Industrial Technology program. Last summer, an online introduction course in nanotechnology which I created had an enrollment of 67 undergraduate and graduate students.”

“We as educators need to introduce nanotechnology on undergraduate level because,  this emerging technology will need trained workers in research, engineering, and management to sustain this new industry,” Fazarro continued. “This newly charted chapter is in response to building a need and being proactive to integrate nanotechnology courses in existing STEM programs”

They are currently building the chapter website.