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BME faculty member has big plans, NSF grant for nanoscale studio

Oct. 10, 2012

Biomedical engineering program faculty member Savas Kaya is the principal investigator on a $199,997 National Science Foundation grant announced recently.

Kaya, an associate professor of electrical engineering, and his co-investigators will use the grant to establish an immersive educational platform called the nanOstUdio.

The nanOstUdio, which will be located in the Academic and Research Center, will serve as an interactive venue for undergraduate education in nanoscience and nanoengineering.

Co-investigators on the grant are: Teresa Franklin, professor of educational studies; Chang Liu, associate professor of computer science; and Wojciech Jadwisienczak, associate professor of electrical engineering.

The nanO-stUdio will be a publicly accessible showroom run by a team of undergraduates. It will be designed to impress audio-visually and provide hands-on educational experiences related to nanomaterials, nanostructures, nanosensors, nanodevices, and advanced microscopy techniques.

In essence, though, Kaya said, it will be a sophisticated and trendy discovery laboratory furnished with state-of-the-art multimedia educational resources, interactive 3-D virtual environments, and sophisticated compact instruments enabling direct interaction with nanoscale matter and devices for students and visitors. It is the product of a vision to bring nanoscale science and engineering out of sterile, clean room environments to the public level where both the students and visitors can explore new developments and have a realistic and correct understanding of the materials, devices, and capabilities made possible by nanotechnology.

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