NanoProfessor™, a division of NanoInk,
Inc.®, focused on delivering hands-on nanotechnology education to undergraduate
students, is pleased to announce that it has joined the Committee for Education
Funding (CEF) to help promote the financial support of federal education programs.
NanoProfessor became part of the largest coalition of education associations
to achieve adequate federal support for our nation's education system.
CEF is America's largest education coalition, reflecting the broad spectrum
of the education community. Founded in 1969, CEF is non-partisan and non-profit
with 80 member organizations. Through strong advocacy, grassroots efforts, and
effective communications, the members of CEF have won bipartisan support for
over $120 billion in increased federal education investment over the last five
"CEF welcomes the support of the NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program,"
said Joel Packer, executive director of CEF. "The NanoProfessor Program
demonstrates its commitment to train the next generation of nanotechnologists
by providing students with hands-on learning of nanotechnology that will translate
into high-tech careers in a number of growing industries."
"NanoProfessor is proud to become part of a coalition of experts with
a long history of providing a strong voice in support of federal education funding,"
said Dean Hart, executive vice president of NanoInk. "Together with CEF,
NanoProfessor aims to raise awareness of the necessity for increasing federal
education investment at all levels, especially in the rapidly growing area of
nanoscience. Doing so not only prepares students for high-tech jobs in the field
of nanotechnology, but also helps drive our nation's competitiveness in the
exciting nanotechnology industry."
According to the American-based National Science Foundation, nanotechnology
will become a $1 trillion global market by 2015 and will require a skilled workforce
of more than two million nanotechnology workers. Currently there are only 20,000
nanotechnologists working in the field, which are pioneering innovations and
breakthroughs in many industries including biotechnology, electronics, energy
and many others.
The NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program aims to expand hands-on nanotechnology
education from the cleanrooms of research-based universities to undergraduate
classrooms, and is especially well-suited to nanotechnology educational initiatives
at the community college, technical institute, and undergraduate university
level. The program alternates between classroom lectures and hands-on lab work
and includes a 275-page textbook authored by leading nanotechnology experts,
covering the topics of Nanotechnology Basics, NanoPhysics, NanoChemistry, NanoBiology
and Environmental, Health, and Safety perspectives on nanotechnology.
During the hands-on lab experiments, students learn the fundamentals for building
custom-engineered, nanoscale structures while working with state-of-the-art
equipment including NanoInk's NLP 2000 Desktop NanoFabrication System, a student-friendly
atomic force microscope (AFM), an advanced fluorescence microscope, and various
chemical and biological materials used today within current and emerging nanotechnology