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Posted: May 17, 2008
Albany NanoCollege awards world's first degree in nanoeconomics
(Nanowerk News) Officials at the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering will award what they say is the world's first degree in nanoeconomics Saturday.
Erez Golan, a 39-year-old graduate student, is scheduled to receive a Ph.D. in nanoscale science, with a concentration in nanoeconomics, at ceremonies at the UAlbany campus. It took him three and a half years to complete.
"I'm excited," he said.
Nanoscience is the study of technology created at the atomic and molecular level. It drives innovation in the computer chip industry, which is constantly trying to make smaller and smaller components, many of which are impossible for the naked eye to see.
In 2005, the NanoCollege started a program that would teach the economics of nanotechnology. The program is led by faculty member Ed Cupoli.
Golan is the first graduate. He successfully defended his dissertation in March and will receive his degree Saturday, with ceremonies at the SEFCU arena and at the Albany NanoTech complex. Cupoli said one other student is on track to receive a nanoeconomics doctorate in the near future.
Golan is one of seven NanoCollege students receiving graduate degrees Saturday.
Golan works for Applied Materials, a San Jose, Calif., computer chip manufacturing tool maker that has research and development facilities at the college. He lives in Guilderland with his wife and two children. He also has a master's in material engineering and an MBA.