Nanotechnology in Space Exploration, Report of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Workshop (2004)

Subject Area:
NNI Publications and Reports
Author: National Nanotechnology Initiative
Publication Date: Aug. 26 2004


Report of an NNI workshop seeking research committee input on the National Nanotechnology research agenda relating to space exploration, held August 24-26, 2004. Used an input for the NNI Strategic Plan released in December 2004.  Workshop was jointly sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and, through the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, the other member agencies of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee.  Key areas discussed included the roles in space initiatives of nanomaterials, nanosensors and instrumentation, microcraft and micro/nano-robotics and the potential for nanotechnology to facilitate astronaut health management.

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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