Nanotechnology Concentration Established


A new concentration in nanotechnology will provide undergraduate students with foundational knowledge of the manipulation of matter on the molecular and atomic scale and position them for future careers in the nanotechnology field. The new concentration will give College of Engineering undergraduates access to a growing, far-reaching field that is expanding into virtually all areas of engineering.

Beginning this fall, students graduating in January 2011 and beyond can add a concentration in nanotechnology to any existing engineering bachelor’s degree program. The concentration will be formally noted on their official transcripts.

“Similar to the Energy Technologies and Environmental concentration announced recently, the Nanotechnology concentration allows any undergraduate to add a rapidly emerging engineering discipline to a foundational degree in a core discipline,” said Dean Kenneth R. Lutchen. “This allows students to position themselves for a career in nanotechnology while they graduate with a degree in an established engineering discipline.”

Careful selection of electives can allow students to satisfy the concentration’s requirements without additional courses. In addition to the 16-credit coursework, the concentration concludes with successful completion of a well-defined experiential component that can include a senior design project, industrial placement or laboratory research with a faculty member.

“The new nanotechnology concentration is a reflection of the dedication and excitement of the faculty,” said Professor Selim Ünlü (ECE). “The College of Engineering has made a significant investment in faculty and resources in the nanotechnology area over the last several years and will draw strength from the low barriers between the Engineering departments, science departments throughout Boston University, and the Center for Nanoscience and Nanobiotechnology.”

Students will focus on the emergence of nanotechnology and its effects on biomedical, photonic, electronic and atomic systems.

The required courses will provide an introduction to nanotechnology, and examine how engineering works on scales as small as millionths of a millimeter. Students will explore the foundations of quantum mechanics, atomic structure and the physics of molecules and solids.

The multi-disciplinary elective courses will include different approaches to biomedical engineering on the cellular and sub-cellular level; behavior of materials at atomic levels; micro-electrical mechanical devices and systems; and photonics and fiber-optic communication. As nanotechnology expands in all fields of engineering, students entering the work force with a strong knowledge base position themselves to be future leaders the nanotechnology industry.