Campus: CSU Long Beach -- November 10, 2004
Cal State Long Beach Engineering Professor Receives $100,000
Grant from National Science Foundation to Develop Nanosciences Classes
Tulin Mangir, a professor of electrical engineering at Cal State Long Beach,
has received a $100,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a
project titled "NUE: A Tour in Nano-land and Understanding the Nano-landscape:
Developing Multidisciplinary NUE Courses." The purpose of the project is to
develop lower division classes at CSULB in the nano-sciences and nanotechnology,
fields of study that focus on manufacturing tools, materials and machines at the
molecular and atomic particle level.
Together with CSULB colleagues Chuhee Kwon, associate professor of physics and
astronomy, and Andrew Z. Mason, professor of biological sciences, Mangir plans to
expand and develop curricula for undergraduate major and non-major students, and
they plan to add a teacher-training component to increase general awareness and
promote career options to fill jobs in this rapidly growing discipline.
"As part of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, CSULB is located in the
largest concentration of high technology industry in the nation," said Mangir, who
has worked with researchers from Xerox PARC, Boeing, IBM, Northrup Grumman (TRW),
UCLA and USC in the areas of sub-micron devices, VCSELs (Vertical Cavity Surface
Emitting Lasers), biosensors, sensor networks, robotics and nano-fluids. "This
grant puts us on the map as one of a handful of under-graduate programs in the
United States that have a program in nanotechnology."
Specific goals of Mangir's work will include development of an interdisciplinary
survey course on nanotechnology designed for engineering and science majors in
their sophomore and junior years, development of a junior/senior course with a
combination of lecture and laboratory time that provides students with an in-depth
understanding of the techniques used in nano-scale science and engineering, and
the creation of Web-based resources and interaction modules designed for distance
learning aimed at science and engineering teacher preparation classes.
The courses, which will cover applications in life sciences, biotechnology and
medicine, physics, materials, electronics and environmental monitoring, will expose
students to the use of instrumentation such as atomic force microscopes, x-ray
microscopes, remote monitoring of robots (tele-robotics) and nano-robots, and
materials with very special properties that can only be produced in the
In addition, societal and business implications of nanotechnology will be explored,
and students will become more aware of the issues in the development and
applications of nanotech-nology in a planned follow-up program.
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