March 25, 2011

Girl Scouts Get Patch For Interest In Nanotech

By: by Nicolas Mokhoff, EE Times


The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany began a series of educational and community outreach initiatives - including the awarding of a first-of-its-kind Girl Scouts' patch for nanotechnology.

It's all part of the UAlbany NanoCollege's celebration of National NanoDays 2011.

More than 150 Girl Scouts will receive a NanoPatch developed by CNSE in partnership with the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York (GSNENY) this coming Saturday, March 26 as they participate in the Girl Scouts "Go Nano!" event at CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex.

There are tours, hands-on activities and interactive presentations for participants to experience nanotech science firsthand.

Participating in National NanoDays 2011 is the latest brainchild of Alain Kaloyeros, CNSE Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer.

Kaloyeros is on a crusade to promote upper New York State as the hub to drive a nanotechnology-driven economy. Backed by friendly state officials and legislators Kaloyeros has built up UAlbany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering as a global resource for research and development, technology deployment, and education for the nanoelectronics industry. CNSE has generated over $7 billion in public and private investments, including $900 million from the state and more than $6B from the global nanoelectronics industry.

More than 2,500 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty work on site, from companies including IBM, GlobalFoundries, the Sematech consortium, Toshiba, Samsung, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML, Novellus Systems, Vistec Lithography and Atotech.

National NanoDays is organized nationally by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) and is being held March 26 through April 3.

Whether more students will enter the work force as "nano nerds" or not, this latest effort is commendable.