Learn more about Nanotechnology and its infinite applications in business, industry, research, health and more at the Nanotechnology Conference in Rushford, Minnesota, Saturday, June 9. The event is sponsored by Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical, Minnesota WorkForce Center and Rushford Institute for Nanotechnology. A variety of family activities including the 3rd Annual Nanotek Bicycle Trek and Free Youth Nano Camp begin in the morning, with the conference starting at 1:00 p.m. Feel free to participate in any or all events. The Nanotechnology Conference will be hosted at the Rushford-Peterson High School and features guest speaker, Deb Newberry, a national nanotechnology consultant and scientist, with over 23 years of experience in the field. She has published a number of articles in business magazines and professional journals and is a celebrated writer coauthoring “The Next Big Thing is Really Small.” She has spoken to multiple organizations, including the U.S. Senate.
§ 1:00 – 4:30 p.m., Conference with walk-ins welcome (may attend any or all conference breakout sessions)
§ Various breakout sessions for business, education, workforce – Topics include: Patents and changes in law, nanotechnology and business, rural nanotechnology, tour of the RINTEK (Rushford Institute for Nanotechnology) laboratory facility
§ Preview of Southeast Technical’s new introductory Nanotechnology course starting August 2012, with information on tuition reimbursement
§ Nanotechnology demonstrations, including use of an atomic force microscope
The NSF (National Science Foundation) forecasts a demand for 2 million Nanotechnology Technicians worldwide in the next 15 years, including 800,000 to 1 million in the United States. According to the NSF, more than half of all new products will be developed with nanotechnology by 2015. Recognizing this growing demand for skilled workers, Southeast Technical has been developing its Nanotechnology programming since receiving two NSF grants totaling nearly one million dollars. Southeast Technical’s Nanotechnology grant program is directed toward initiatives for students, workforce, business and industry.
Further information is available at www.southeastmn.edu/nanotech