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Posted: October 14, 2009
Hands-On Nanoscience Education Program Prepares Students for Innovative Jobs of the 21st Century
(Nanowerk News) In his address from Troy, N.Y. on Monday, September 21, President Obama called for an increased focus on education and innovation to "prepare students for 21st century jobs, and to prepare America for a 21st century global economy."
"We know that the nation that out-educates us today will out-compete us tomorrow. The ability of new industries to thrive depends on workers with the knowledge and know-how to contribute in those fields. Yet, today, our primary and secondary schools continue to trail many of our competitors, especially in key areas like math and science," said President Obama. "From biotechnology to nanotechnology, from the development of new forms of energy to research into treatments of ancient diseases, there is so much potential to change our world and improve our lives while creating countless jobs across America."
NanoInk, Inc.®, a global leader in nanotechnology, is among the first to answer the president's call through the launch of its NanoProfessor™ Nanoscience Education Program. NanoProfessor is a new hands-on science and technology education program dedicated to preparing undergraduate students for future careers in the field of nanoscience.
The NanoProfessor program combines NanoInk's state-of-the-art NLP 2000 Desktop DPNŽ Nanofabrication System with an exciting curriculum created by renowned nanotechnology experts that is grounded in fundamental science and engineering concepts. NanoProfessor arms educators with a comprehensive program that can be implemented immediately in community colleges, technical schools, high schools, and universities to give students an edge to compete for high-tech jobs in a global environment.
"Creating jobs that will grow our economy for decades and generations to come must be at the forefront of everything we do," said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-IL. "By creating the NanoProfessor program, NanoInk turned vision into reality and took another step toward transforming America's economy. The growth of the industry centered on this technology has the possibility to create good jobs in our community and across the country."
"In order for America to compete in the global economy, we need to focus on innovations that will help create jobs," said Dean Hart, executive vice president of NanoInk. "Nanotechnology is a rapidly emerging field with great promise for our Nation, but a true hands-on nanotechnology education has traditionally only been available to graduate and post graduate students in Tier 1 research institutions. While extremely valuable to our Nation's future, you cannot build an industry or a country on the backs of Ph.D.s. We need to educate and prepare the masses to help secure our Nation's leadership in new innovations such as nanotechnology."
By 2015, the National Science Foundation has projected that the world will require a skilled workforce of more than two million nanotechnologists, who are already pioneering breakthroughs and innovations in the areas of energy, medicine and electronics that will have profound changes on lives in the 21st century.
About the NanoProfessor™ Nanoscience Education Program
The NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program aims to advance the field of nanoscience and address the growing need for skilled workforce of nanotechnologists. The program utilizes NanoInk's state-of-the-art NLP 2000 Desktop Nanofabrication System to provide students an interdisciplinary-focused, hands-on approach to quickly and easily build custom-engineered, nanoscale structures in a classroom setting. The NanoProfessor Program, including equipment and an expert-driven curriculum, is available for community colleges, technical schools, high schools and universities nationwide.