Undergraduate Education Program

University of Utah

Ian Harvey
Salt Lake City, UT
$200,000
December 2012

From smart phones to medical diagnostics, micro- and nanoscale technologies play an increasing role in our daily lives and the economy. Systems and devices engineered at these small length scales exhibit unusual properties and require new understanding of fundamental mechanisms. How do educators provide students with a firm grasp of the microscopic world when it is so difficult and expensive to implement hands-on training? Through a course at the University of Utah dedicated to scaling engineering, demonstration chips and lesson modules will be distributed to undergraduate students at institutions within Utah and nationwide. This course will help students bridge their understanding from the macroworld to the microworld with the development of devices and in-class demonstrations, and provides a path for experiential learning at non-intuitive length scales. In addition, these lesson modules can inspire new courses and/or be implemented into existing undergraduate curricula.

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