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Kennedy Catholic students heading to UAlbany NanoCollege for March 7 NanoCareer Day

‘Nano Nano’

Kennedy Catholic students heading to UAlbany NanoCollege for March 7 NanoCareer Day

Somers, N.Y. (March 7, 2012) – Though the technology may sound like it’s from another planet, a la Mork and Mindy, it’s really just the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE) setting out to change the world.  And on March 7, the UAlbany NanoCollege is hosting over 300 students from schools statewide, including Kennedy Catholic, for a sneak peek into the ever-evolving science.

Simply defined, nanotechnology refers to the engineering of functional systems at the molecular scale.  In terms of practical applications, it’s nanotechnology know-how that makes your slacks stain-resistant, or the nanocomposite that makes your car’s bumper lighter (and therefore, more fuel-efficient) and more scratch-resistant.  Simply put, it’s everywhere.

“The fact that we are able to have such powerful handheld devices is because of nanotechnology,” said science teacher Georgia Ioannou, who along with George Petryczka, will be accompanying 30 Kennedy Catholic students to CNSE’s NanoCareer Day on March 7.

The daylong event draws more than 300 middle and high school students to CNSE’s Albany NanoTech Complex, which is the most advanced research facility of its kind at any university in the world.  The first college in the world dedicated to research, development, education and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience and nanoeconomics, CNSE is also home to the New York State Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology.

“The UAlbany NanoCollege is delighted to welcome students and teachers from throughout New York state, including Kennedy Catholic High School, to NanoCareer Day at CNSE’s Albany NanoTech Complex,” said Diana Dumesnil, CNSE Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Student Recruitment and Public Outreach. “This program provides an unparalleled glimpse into the world of nanotechnology, which is driving educational excellence, career opportunities, and economic growth in the 21st century.”

Students on Wednesday will be treated to presentations on nanotechnology and growing career opportunities in the field, as well as activities and interactive tours of the NanoTech complex.   CNSE faculty will serve as both educators and tour guides.

Ioannou referenced the decreasing size of circuitry and efficiency of data storage as just two examples of modern applications.  When you pit the original cell phone against the current smartphone, or the CD versus the DVD, she said, it’s easy to see how nanotechnology is impacting everyday life.  It’s also a new course Kennedy is considering for spring 2013.

“And what’s next?” Petryczka asks.  “Nanobots programmed to seek-and-destroy viruses and cancer cells in our bodies, or to synthesize all the food the planet could ever want?  Why not?  Such possibilities, this nanotech.”

“It’s the way careers will be going in the very new future,” Ioannou said.

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