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Engineering major and Nanotechnology

  1. Jan 9, 2006 #1
    I am a freshmen engineering student. I want to be a professional engineering in Nanotechnology field. What kind of engineering do I have to pursue for this technology? And what do you think of the future of this technology?
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  3. Jan 9, 2006 #2

    At the current point I would suggest going into Physics, not engineering if you want to do nanotech. You would also have to do a biochem minor probably (or something along those lines). We have a nanotech lab here on campus and all the people there are Physics majors with a large number of chemistry and biochem courses (i actually considered working there at one point, its fascinating stuff, but i had little interest in taking all that biochem, so i went with astrophysics instead). Most research in Nanotech is into gudied self-assembly, how to get nanostructures to assemble themselves by specifically structuring them to do it. I suppose Chemical Engineering might be relevant, but I really think physics would be better.
  4. Jan 13, 2006 #3


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    If you would consider going abroad, the dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at University College London are offering a 4 year Masters of Engineering program in Nanotechnology tentatively going live in 2006. Though I would imagine that's less "pure science" and more toward a nanotechnology in electronics approach.
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