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Graduate-level nanotechnology programs offer an intensive academic curriculum and research experiences to prepare students for careers in the field. 

Nanotechnology Courses

NC State's nanotechnology courses for undergraduate and graduate students span many colleges and departments, including engineering, chemistry, physics, education, management, agriculture, social sciences, and veterinary medicine. 

Nanoscale Electronic and Energy Materials (NEEM) GAANN Program

In July 2009, NC State was awarded fellowship slots from the U.S. Department of Education's Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program. The goal of this program is to prepare graduate students to engage in innovative research and teaching careers in the field of Nanoscale Electronic and Energy Materials. NEEM GAANN Fellows receive Ph.D.s in one of the five contributing disciplines: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, and Physics. 

For more information, view the NEEM GAANN Program web page. Questions can be directed to Dr. David Shafer, Assistant Dean for Outreach and Diversity in the Graduate School, or NEEM GAANN Co-Director Dr. Gregory Parsons, Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering.

Master's Degree in Nanoengineering

Nanomaterials and nanotechnology are key to innovation in industries from pharmaceuticals to consumer electronics, a point made clear by the White House’s Materials Genome Initiative. To help meet the growing demand for workers who can keep pace with these emerging technologies, NC State has launched a Master of Nanoengineering (MNAE) distance education program. “There has long been a tremendous focus on nanoscience, but for that science to benefit society, we need nanoengineering,” says Dr. Justin Schwartz, Kobe Steel Distinguished Professor and head of NC State’s Materials Science and Engineering Department, which houses the new degree program. “The program will give people the interdisciplinary skills they need to facilitate the transition of laboratory concepts to real-world products.”

The MNAE distance education program is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in a science or engineering discipline who wish to pursue a graduate degree in nanoengineering. The field of nanoengineering is expected to revolutionize technology and improve quality of life, particularly as related to energy, environment, and health. Students will achieve an understanding of the fundamental advantages in nanoscale materials, devices, and systems. It is a 30 credit hour degree program that does not require a thesis, final oral exam or on-campus residency. GRE scores are recommended but not required. NC State has an existing strength in nanostructured materials and devices.

For more information about the MNAE program, contact: Dr. Lew Reynolds, Director Graduate Program, Nanoengineering Department of Materials Science and Engineering (919-515-7622,

Creating Opportunity through Education

The NC State Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) is part of the North Carolina Alliance to create Opportunity through Education (OPT-ED).  Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) AGEP program, OPT-ED seeks to increase in a meaningful way the number of students from underrepresented groups receiving doctoral degrees and entering the professoriate in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and social science disciplines. 

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