T&C Receives $700K NSF Nano-Technology Grant

New Classes Will Start Within the Year

Utah Valley University’s College of Technology and Computing has received a seven hundred thousand dollar grant from the National Science Foundation. The NSF funds are earmarked for developing a new nano-technology class as part of the Computer Science department and computer engineering degree.


The new class will engage students on the emerging, and lucrative field of nano-micro fabrication. Utilizing state of the art machinery, students will be able to design and produce nano sensors on a variety of media which can then be used by millions around the globe. Dr. Reza Kamali, assistant professor of Computer Engineering at UVU spearheaded the yearlong effort in obtaining the prestigious grant.


“Every electronic device in production today has nano-technology as an intregal part of it,” said Kamali, “This grant will help provide the resources for students to learn the necessary skills to make a huge impact for companies here in Utah County, especially “Silicon Slopes”. Our graduates already have multiple job offers, but this will truly give them a huge advantage in nearly every technology industry. This grant is just a wonderful thing for everyone who lives in Utah.” 


UVU’s Digital Media students will also benefit from the NSF grant as they will use part of the funding to create virtual reality modules which the nano-technology students will be able to utilize without actually having to be in the laboratory. The virtual reality aspect of the new nano-technology class was a major selling point in obtaining the NSF grant.


“I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of this outstanding grant,” said Marty Clayton, assistant professor of Digital Media at UVU.  “This will allow our students to positively utilize the engaged learning aspect that we promote here at UVU as they develop VR modules for this new class. I believe that virtual reality learning is a major portion of the future of higher education”


The new nano-fabrication classes at UVU are expected to open for enrollment within the year. 


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