Nanoscience and technology

What is Nano?

Nanoscale science, engineering, and technology (or “nano,” for short) is a relatively new, interdisciplinary field of research. Just within the past couple of decades, scientists have developed methods and tools that allow them to explore some of the most fundamental aspects of our natural world, and to develop new materials and technologies. Some experts think that nanotechnology may transform our lives, similar to the way that the automobile and personal computer changed how we live and work.

The great potential of nano comes from its tiny size. Nano research and development happens at the scale of atoms and molecules. Some things have different properties at the nanoscale, which allows scientists and engineers to create new materials and devices.

Nanotechnology isn’t just in the lab — we can already find examples in our homes, stores, and hospitals. In the next 10 years or so, nanotechnology will become even more present in our lives. We’ll find it in everyday products like computers, food, cosmetics, and clothing. Nanotechnology might also be part of solutions to big problems, helping address needs such as clean energy, pure water, and cancer treatments. It’s important for everyone to be informed about nanotechnology, because it will be a significant part of our future. Like all technologies, any given nanotechnology has costs, risks, and benefits.

Nano and MVCC

Since 1946, MVCC has been the region’s primary educator for the technology and trades workforce. Our strength in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) make us an anchor institution for training and credentialing people to work in nano.

Here are some of our most direct pathways to nanotech job readiness:

Other Options:

Nano’s about more than bunny suits and cleanrooms. MVCC has the widest array of related degree, certificate, and professional development programs ready to diversify our workforce.

Associate Degrees (two years):

Certificates (one year):

Short-Term Training Courses:

(offered by MVCC's Center for Corporate and Community Education)

  • Project Management
  • Principles of Entrepreneurship
  • OSHA 10/ OSHA 30
  • Mechatronics
  • Forklift Training
  • Tractor Trailer Driving
  • Soldering
Nanotechnology: What's the Big Deal?
Nanotechnology: What's the Big Deal?" is a broad overview of the unique challenges and opportunities presented by nanoscale science, and dives into the super tiny scale of nanotechnology.