Nano-Present, Nano-Future

There is no other facility of this caliber in Pennsylvania, and there are only a
handful in the country," says Stephen Fonash, director of the Penn State Nanofabrication Facility.

In fact, the NanoFab is a member of the National Nanofabrication Users Network, funded by the National Science Foundation for the support of academic and industrial research and development nation-wide. The other NNUN facilities are located at Cornell, Stanford, Howard University, and the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Last year, the Penn State NanoFab served over 200 clients, including researchers from Penn State and other universities, and from companies in Pennsylvania and around the country.

In addition to its research-support activities, the NanoFab, in a workforce-development partnership with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, offers a two-year degree program in Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology to students of selected Pennsylvania community colleges, and a certificate program for graduates of the state-supported four-year colleges.

According to associate director Mark Horn, "No other program in the country allows a two-year technician to train on such a state-of-the-art facility. It'&&39; so popular that we're trying now to figure out how to double the capacity."

Last Updated January 20, 2005