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DU introduces nanotech graduate program

The study of nanotechnology does not just affect the production of the latest mini iPod.

Nano-scale science and engineering are the foundation for the next generation of technological breakthroughs, says Rahmat Shoureshi, dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science (SECS), and DU will begin playing a role in these breakthroughs.

SECS and the Division of Natural Science and Mathematics (NSM) have added a new master’s and PhD graduate program in nanoscale science and engineering — the first university in the Rocky Mountain region to offer such graduate degrees.

“We owe it to DU students to offer them a comparable opportunity,” says Alayne Parson, dean of NSM. “And, I expect we will be able to draw even more students to DU from local industries because of this degree.”

SECS has identified four areas within nanotechnology as possible areas of study. They are nano-energy, nano-aerospace structures, nano-medicine and nano-security.

By focusing nanotech studies on areas related to energy, aerospace, biosciences and security, SECS hopes to attract interest from local industries and educate the future workforce.

“These degrees will enable us to attract quality faculty and students with strong interest in these strategic nanotechnology areas that will have a profound impact on the economic development of Colorado and the nation,” Shoureshi says.

The degree programs begin this fall. For more information, visit or

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