Coppin State University Announces Partnership with Penn State

Published Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Nanotechnology Professional Development Partnership (NPDP) is focused on developing a skilled nanotechnology workforce.

Baltimore, MD - Coppin State University announced today that its Center for Nanotechnology is officially a member of the Nanotechnology Professional Development Partnership (NPDP) Project.  The project is hosted by Penn State’s Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization (CNEU) and sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Specifically, the project brings together several reputable universities across the country with the common purpose of advancing the knowledge and use of nanotechnology.  The program is geared toward training and equipping students and educators with skills needed to create and sustain economically viable nanotechnology education across the United States.  Participants can connect to training programs over the internet, and the program is accessible to pre-high school, high school, college, postgraduate and STEM educators through the Remote Access Instrumentation Nanotechnology (RAIN).

Partners in the program regularly organize workshops for nanotechnology educators and provide ongoing lessons to students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Courses offered include applications of nanotechnology in industry, nanofabrication process and use of nanotechnology instrumentation.

“There are estimates that as many as 6 million nanotechnology jobs will be needed by 2020,” says Coppin State University President Maria Thompson. “With this effort, Coppin is part of a national virtual classroom striving to produce that needed workforce.”

As a partner, Coppin State University’s Center for Nanotechnology will offer training on state-of-the-art-instrumentation at the center via live web-streaming workshops. Registered students across the country can join in and learn useful skills. Likewise, students at Coppin State University can access and control nanotechnology-based analytical instruments and learn various nanotechnology concepts in other participating institutions from their home or classroom via a video conferencing calling program.

“This is an exciting partnership for us to engage in,” says Dr. Jamal Uddin, professor of Chemistry and founder of Coppin’s Center for Nanotechnology. “We have a talented team of faculty, staff, and students and this project broadens our reach and interaction with other talented centers across the country.”