UCF's Nanotechnology Masterâ€™s Degree is First in Florida
UCF is now the first and only university in Florida to offer a research-focused masterâ€™s degree in nanoscience.
The Master of Science in Nanotechnology program further elevates the prominence of UCFâ€™s nanotechnology research, said Sudipta Seal, director of the universityâ€™s NanoScience Technology Center, Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center (AMPAC) and interim chair of Materials Science and Engineering.
The new program is expected to draw students from who have earned a bachelorâ€™s degree in physics, chemistry, biology or engineering and who are interested in nanoscience, where research is opening up new technologies at a rapid pace.
The two-year nanoscience masterâ€™s program, which will launch in the upcoming fall 2015 semester, is geared toward students interested in a career in research, as well as those who want to ultimately earn a doctoral degree. Participants will write and defend a thesis while earning their masterâ€™s degree.
Last year, UCF launched a similar degree track aimed at students who want to take their nanotech knowledge into the business world. The Professional Science Masterâ€™s in Nanotechnology pares core courses in nanoscience with professional development courses in business and entrepreneurship. It does not require a thesis, but culminates in an internship within the industry.
â€śWe will prepare students for research and careers in industry or academia,â€ť Seal said. â€śUCF is still leading the state and the nation with this dual degree program.â€ť
The U.S. National Science Foundation estimates the global market for nanotechnology-related goods and services at $1 trillion, making it one of the fastest-growing industries in history. There is an increasing demand for skilled workers and academic researchers in nanoscience.
The NanoScience Technology Center is an interdisciplinary facility with a diverse faculty, all of whom have joint appointments to the both the center and other academic departments.
â€śAmong the faculty we have chemists, physicists, engineers, and biomedical scientists,â€ť said professor Qun â€śTreenâ€ť Huo. â€śThe center offers a central hub for education, training and research. We have a wide range of instruments and equipment for biomedical, energy and engineering-related interdisciplinary research, so weâ€™ll be able to provide lab facilities and a direct research training experience for the students.â€ť
Huo said the center hopes to enroll 10-15 students in the program at its start. Visit here for more information.