Advances in nanoscience and nanotechnology (the ability to predict, create, and design with nanoscale materials and systems) are expected to reveal new physical phenomena and to enable the creation of highly desirable products and devices, in addition to revolutionary changes in industrial practice.

Strength in nanoscience and nanotechnology has been identified as central to the nation’s future competitiveness and prosperity and strategic plans have been developed to accelerate nanoscience research and development, encourage knowledge transfer to spur economic growth, and expand educational programs and workforce training – all in a socially and environmentally responsible and sustainable manner. This certificate is designed to be combined with coursework in any Swanson School of Engineering degree-granting program, or with chemistry and physics in the Dietrich School.