NanoProfessor, a division of NanoInk, Inc. focused on
nanotechnology education, announced today that Forsyth Technical Community
College (Forsyth Tech) is expanding its nanotechnology educational leadership in
North Carolina by integrating the NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program
into its current nanotechnology curriculum.
Students will have the opportunity to work with NanoInk's NLP 2000 Desktop
NanoFabrication System, the first desktop nanofabrication system allowing
students to quickly and easily build custom-engineered nanoscale structures
with a wide variety of materials from biomolecules to metal nanoparticles using
NanoInk's proprietary Dip Pen Nanolithography (DPN).
Forsyth Tech's two-year Associate of Applied Science in Nanotechnology degree
is the only one of its kind with graduates in the American Southeast. Classes
are held in the rapidly expanding Piedmont Triad Research Park in downtown
Winston-Salem. The college is also home to one of the largest biotechnology
programs in the state.
"The NanoProfessor Program will not only enhance our existing nanotechnology
curriculum, but it will enable students to conduct new, exciting hands-on lab
experiments with NanoInk's NLP 2000 Desktop Nanofabrication System," said
Kevin Conley, Program Coordinator of Nanotechnology Education at Forsyth
Tech. "By expanding the skills and experience of our students as they work at
the nanoscale, we will provide them with a competitive advantage for the rapidly
growing number of nanobiotechnology jobs in North Carolina."
"We are extremely pleased that Forsyth Tech, a recognized leader in
nanotechnology education, has selected the NanoProfessor Nanoscience
Education Program to complement its already impressive nanotech curriculum,"
said Dean Hart, Chief Commercial Officer at NanoInk. "By training a nano savvy
workforce, Forsyth Tech will not only help the state of North Carolina
accomplish its mission of being a global leader in nanotechnology, but will also
help the U.S. maintain leadership in the growing global nanotech market."
"Forsyth Tech and NanoProfessor are globally recognized for their pioneering
work in nanotech education," said Griffith A. Kundahl, Executive Director of the
Center of Innovation of Nanobiotechnology. "This announcement is great news
for North Carolina which depends on an educated nanotech workforce to
maintain its position as one of the strongest nano clusters in
The NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program aims to expand hands-on
nanotechnology education from the cleanrooms of research-based universities
to the classrooms of undergraduate institutions, and is especially
well-suited to nanotechnology educational initiatives at the community college,
technical institute, and undergraduate university level.
Alternating between classroom lectures and hands-on labs, the
NanoProfessor Program provides students with the opportunity to 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, an
advanced fluorescence microscope, a nanoparticle characterization instrument,
and various chemical and biological materials used today within current and
emerging nanotechnology applications.