Nanotechnology 101: The Biggest Thing You’ve Never Seen- Mike Meador's lecture at the Royal Institution of Great Britain on Oct 20, 2015

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Author: Michael Meador, NNCO
Publication Date: Oct. 20 2015

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The Director of the U.S. Government’s National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), Dr. Michael Meador, gave a lecture at the Royal Institution to a sold out crowd on October 20, 2015. The talk was entitled "Nanotechnology 101: The Biggest Thing You've Never Seen" focused on the fundamentals of nanotechnology—what it is and why it’s unique—and how this emerging, disruptive technology will change the world. From invisibility cloaks to lightweight, fuel-efficient vehicles to a cure for cancer, Dr. Meador gave illustrative examples and applications showing why nanotechnology might just be the biggest thing you can’t see. 


Nanotechnology Fact

Nanotechnology has the potential to create many new jobs across a variety of sectors. While some jobs, will require an advanced degree, a 2014 study funded by the National Science Foundation points out that 2-yr and 4-yr training with access to continuing and technical education will be sufficient for many of the future positions in nanotechnology, nanomanufacturing, and beyond.                                                                                                             

Previous estimates stated that 6 million nanotechnology jobs will be needed by 2020, with 2 million of those jobs in the United States (Roco, Mirkin, and Hersam 2010). According to the U.S. News/Raytheon analysis, the number of STEM jobs increased 20 percent between 2000 and 2014. Looking ahead, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that between 2012 and 2022, employment in occupations that NSF classifies as science and engineering (S&E) will increase 15 percent. To find out about nanotechnology programs at college and graduate levels, see College and Graduate Programs. If you are interested in 2-year degrees or training programs, see Associate Degrees, Certificates, & Job Info.

 

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