novel “Nano-Scale Engineering Certificate Program” (NECP)
has been established at the University of Kentucky (UK) College
of Engineering for the undergraduate engineering students.
This will be the first time a certificate program being offered
in a comprehensive way to educate undergraduate engineering
students on nanotechnology. We expect that the NECP will enhance
not only the level of nano-scale education in the College of
Engineering, but it will also foster a series of new wave of
interdisciplinary research programs around the Campus and beyond.
What are the courses being offered in NECP?
The students who enroll in the NECP will be required to take
a total of six courses on nanotechnology and attend to two
semester-long seminar courses. See the attached Course Table
for all the courses to be offered.
Four of the required six courses will be lecture courses addressing
both theoretical and fabrication fundamentals as related to
nano-scale processes. These courses will be offered by the
Departments of Mechanical Engineering (ME), Electrical and
Computer Engineering (ECE), and Chemical and Materials Engineering
(CME), and can be accepted as Technical Electives in the home
Departments of the students.
are the departmental requiremnts for getting enrolled in
The total number of credit hours you will take for the CERTIFICATE
varies between 12 and 14, depending on your selections. You
can take these courses as Technical Electives; therefore, there
will be no impact of the certificate program on your graduation
Please check the the required curricula in respective Departments
(CME, MSE, ECE, or ME), where the required Technical Elective
slots are highlighted.
We encourage you to take additional courses (highligted with
white backgrounds on the attached Course Table to extend your
knowledge base; however, there is no strict requirement for
these additional courses. Please note that we will add more
courses to the NECP in coming years.
The hands-on laboratory courses will be part of the minimum
required courses which are counted towards graduation. The
lab courses will be offered by the Departments of Chemical
and Materials Engineering (CME) and the Electrical and Computer
Engineering (ECE). Depending on your research goals, you can
choose one of these laboratory tracks. Please consult with
the Program Faculty for details.
NECP open avenues for research in nano field?
In addition to have coherent education component, the NECP
gives the students the opportunity to participate in the research
activities within the laboratories of the core faculty members,
as well as those who are carrying out the cutting-edge research
in other departments at UK. The students will also be exposed
to the novel ideas to be presented during the seminar courses.
These seminars will be delivered by the UK faculty as well
as by those invited from other institutions.
I be given any financial support?
There will be limited amount of grants available for the most
deserving students during the Summer 2004 and 2005 while they
are involved in research. We will try our best to support all
students one way or other during the Summer months. All students
are expected to do research during the Summer.
Our ultimate objective in the NECP is to prepare our undergraduate
engineering students so that they can actively participate
in the nanotechnology revolution in both academia and industry.