ZEISS electron microscope used in nanotechnology outreach program to local high school and community college students in greater San Diego area
Opportunities for careers in nanotechnology are increasing in many different fields, including: electronics and semiconductors, energy capture and storage, textiles and polymer materials science, auto and aerospace industries, and medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Already there are challenges in educating and training a large enough workforce to support these many industries.
Dr. Yves Theriault is developing a state-of-the-art educational outreach program at the San Diego Nanotechnology Infrastructure (SDNI) at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). His goal is to create awareness about nanotechnology among the high school and community college student populations in the Southern California areas starting with San Diego County. The program also includes nanotechnology curriculum development. By doing so, he hopes to contribute to the increase of the nanotechnology skilled workforce in the United States.
A live view of the microscope in the classroom
Part of this program has included developing online tools to enable remote access to UCSD’s highest resolution scanning electron microscope, ZEISS Sigma 500. This microscope is typically reserved for use only by highly trained scientists from UCSD or local industries in the greater San Diego area for advanced nanotechnology research.