Nanotechnology - Capstone Semester
Programs supported by the NMT Partnership, including Bloomsburg Univesity's nanotechnology program, require a Capstone Semester at Penn State University. This component will be arranged by BU and is offered during the spring and summer semesters.
The semester includes 18 credits of coursework and offers access to state-of-the-art equipment and cleanroom facilities.
Benefits of the Capstone Semester
- Flexible Credits — The 18 credits earned in the six-course Capstone Semester apply to every student’s career path. Students pay the tuition for the Capstone Semester credits to their home NMT partner institution (i.e. Bloomsburg University) according to its current tuition rates. Coursework is continuously evolving to keep the content up to date.
- Room and Board — While attending the Capstone Semester, students may be eligible to receive a partial room and board grant. This state support is administered by the Centre for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization.
- University Environment — Receive hands-on training with the latest nanotechnology fabrication and characterization equipment at one of the nation’s leading research universities.
- Group Dynamic — As a Capstone Semester student, you’ll receive the most current, hands-on exposure available in nanofabrication manufacturing and characterization technology. You’ll work in groups with other students from different schools and diverse backgrounds, enhancing each other’s experience.
- Unique Skill Set — Cleanroom protocols, material processing and characterization, hardware training, safety and environmental training, and computer simulation
- Industry Interaction — Capstone graduates enjoy exclusive access to a powerful job network and receive industry announcements and job postings, even if they are continuing their education.
Industry-Relevant Course Work
The Capstone Semester is a six-course hands-on experience exposing the student to state-of-the art equipment and cleanroom facilities at Penn State. The 18 credits of coursework can be used toward an associate, or baccalaureate degree, used to earn an NMT Certificate, or both depending on the specific program of the student’s “Home Institution.”
Staff members teach the capstone semester during all three of Penn State’s scheduled semesters and continuously evolve these courses to add or update process and characterization technologies. Refinement of the capstone semester is carried out in close consultation with the industry members of the NMT Program’s Advisory Board.
Broad Skill Sets
A summary of the skill set a Capstone Semester graduate will obtain.
- Basic nanotechnology EHS awareness
- Nanotechnology equipment and processing foundation skills
- Nanotechnology pattern transfer foundation skills
- Nanotechnology fabrication skills
- Nanotechnology characterization skills
- Nanotechnology professional skills