The four members of the Connecticut State University System have teamed up to develop a new program awarding graduate certificates in nanotechnology.

The first two courses are being offered this summer on a pilot basis at Southern Connecticut State University.

The intention is to eventually expand the 14-credit program to Central, Eastern and Western Connecticut state universities, with an “Introduction to Nanotechnology” class offered at Western this fall for the first time.

Nanotechnology involves manipulating and manufacturing objects between 1 and 100 nanometers in size. One nanometer equals one billionth of a meter. The technology is increasingly important in various professions, including military applications and the medical field.

The U.S. Department of Energy gave about $750,000 in grants to help launch the Connecticut university programs, with most of that money going to specialized equipment needed for the nanotechnology studies.


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