Sunday, June 12, 2011
A&T to offer new Ph.D. in nanoengineering
The UNC board of governors on unanimously approved N.C. A&T’s request to plan a doctoral program in nanoengineering. The new degree program will be the fourth and final degree program that will make up the joint school, a venture between A&T and UNCG.
“It’s very important to our evolution as a school,” Jim Ryan, dean of the joint school, said about the board’s approval. “I’m looking forward to having both our nanoscience and our nanoengineering programs firmly established.”
Ryan said the nanoengineering program could be ready to accept doctoral students by January. The board of governors must give final approval before the program is implemented.
Ryan said the joint school will be one of a small number of schools that offer doctoral degrees in nanoengineering.
Nanoscience is the study of atoms and molecules smaller than 100 nanometers. Area educational and business leaders say the school and its activities will contribute to economic development in the Piedmont Triad.
The school offers master’s degrees in nanoscience and nanoengineering, and a doctoral degree in nanoscience.
UNCG is offering the degrees in nanoscience, while N.C. A&T is offering nanoengineering degrees.
The school’s inaugural class enrolled last fall. The joint school is under construction on East Lee Street at the Gateway University Research Park’s south campus. Students are studying in a temporary space on the research park campus.
The school’s scientists have taken on important projects, including working on a prototype for a handheld device that could help detect mild brain injuries.