Published on Tuesday March 10, 2009
Vladimir Genis, associate professor at Goodwin College and Applied Engineering Technology (AET) program director, received a $150,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for "Development of the Laboratory-Based Course in Lean Six Sigma Nanomanufacturing." Co-PIs are Michael Mauk, assistant professor, AET program, Goodwin College, and Yury Gogotsi, Trustee Chair Professor of Materials Science & Engineering.
The goal of the proposed two-year project is to implement the Introduction to Nanotechnology course developed for Goodwin College undergraduate AET students. The project represents an innovative approach for expanding this course into a hands-on laboratory and project-based learning experience using the Lean Six Sigma methods and principles.
This unique combination of learning, training and assessment will contribute to the knowledge base of undergraduate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education, research and practice. AET students will be exposed to exciting discoveries and applications in the emerging field of nanotechnology by working with leading faculty members through classroom instruction, guest lectures and laboratory practices. Students will be trained to pursue creative solutions in the laboratory using pedagogical content knowledge to connect nanoscale science concepts to the AET and engineering curriculum.
Phase 1 of this proposal will lead to the development of a minor in nanomanufacturing in collaboration with industrial partners and faculty and students from other Drexel departments and schools, and community colleges involved in research and educational activities in nanotechnology.