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New associate degree in Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology announced

10/1/2003 —

Penn State Hazleton and Penn State Wilkes-Barre are among four select Commonwealth College campuses to begin offering the new Penn State associate degree in Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology, with the Nanomanufacturing Engineering Technology option (2NMT/ET). The program, also offered at the York and Fayette campuses, is under the direction of Albert Lozano, Ph.D., associate professor of Engineering at the Wilkes-Barre campus.

The Nanofabrication industry is a rapidly growing technology that got its start in the semiconductor microelectronics “chip” manufacturing. According to Dr. Lozano, “Nanotechnology is the new revolution in technology. Just a few examples of this technology are genetics testing, non-invasive medical procedures, detection of air-borne toxins such as anthrax, information storage, and fiber-optic communications. More and more local industries will be incorporating this technology into their daily operations. Just as computers were gradually introduced and are now essential, so this nanofabrication technology will also gradually become an indispensable and natural part of our lives.” Students enrolled in 2NMT/ET earn an associate degree by enrolling for three semesters at their “home campus” and complete their studies with a one-semester capstone, hands-on experience at University Park’s $23 million state-of-the-art Nanofabrication Facility.

Financial support in the form of grants, scholarships and/or student loans (low interest or forgiveness) may be available to qualified students enrolled in the 2NMT/ET program. High school students and adults interested in this program should contact Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s admissions office at 570-675-9238 or wbadmissions@psu.edu or Penn State Hazleton at 570-450-3142 or admissions-hn@psu.edu. A bachelor’s degree program in Nanofabrication Engineering Technology is in the planning stages.

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