Find it in sunscreen, batteries, motorcycle helmets, water treatment, virus purification, and the nature of matter itself. Nanotechnology focuses on the tiniest of components—and holds big promise. The Nanotechnology Graduate Certificate at Michigan Technological University upgrades your qualifications and strengthens your ability to achieve in research, development, and manufacturing across disciplines in public and private sectors.

Nanoscale Science, Technology, and Impacts

The University’s strong and growing research thrust encompasses a broad range of nanoscale science and engineering. The Multi-Scale Technologies Institute (MuSTI), directed by Craig Friedrich (Professor, Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics) serves as an umbrella organization to coordinate—and develop nanoscale and related research and educational efforts—across departments. The Graduate Certificate in Nanotechnology is a valuable supplement to a graduate degree, answering increasing demand for up-to-date skills and high-level performance in the rapid-paced world of technological developments. In addition to a required course on nanotechnology's societal implications, students choose elective courses that broaden their exposure to the science and applications of nanotechnology in other disciplines, and deepen understanding in their primary areas of interest:

  • Nanosensing
  • Micro-electromechanical systems
  • Inertial pressure
  • Nanoscaled technologies enabling nanoelectronic devices
  • Technologies for the monolithic integration of sensors and actuators with electronics
  • Computational mechanics, materials science, and chemistry
  • Micromechanical machining processes
  • Microsystem design

Undergraduate Opportunities

Michigan Tech offers an interdisciplinary minor in Nanoscale Science and Technology. The rapidly developing high-demand field seeks to understand, control, and harness the enhanced properties of materials created at the nanoscale level, which range from greater strength or lighter weight to enhanced light spectrum control or increased chemical reactivity. Michigan Tech’s formal Nanotechnology minor gives undergraduate students the necessary multidisciplinary background in physics, chemistry, biology and instrumentation, along with application-specific areas.

The minor is open to students from all majors.

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