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IEC DesignCon 2003 Webcasts Now Available

The International Engineering Consortium (IEC) announced today that Webcasts of the NanoEngineering TecForum presentations given at its recent DesignCon 2003 conference in Santa Clara, California, are now available.

The six 45-minute presentations, filmed in their entirety at the January 2003 gathering, can be accessed free of charge at after a short login registration.

Presented by the IEC in conjunction with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA), and with support from the National Science Foundation, the NanoEngineering TecForum and NanoEngineering Education Workshop offered attendees a chance to hear from some of the leading thinkers in nanotechnology from academia, industry and government. The TecForum focused on the current state of nanotechnology and its impact on university curricula. Current and future applications of nanoscale research and their implications for practicing engineers were also discussed.

The presentations available at the IEC Web site include both technological and education topics:

Nanotechnology Today - The National Nanotechnology Initiative
James Murday, Office of Naval Research

Defect-Tolerant Molecular Electronics
Philip Kuekes, Hewlett-Packard

Nanotechnology: A Perspective for Electrical Engineering Curriculum
Sandip Tiwari, Cornell University

Nanosensors & Nanodevices
Stephen Fonash, Pennsylvania State University

The Future of Nanocomputing
George Bourianoff, Intel

Data Storage Technology: Opportunities in Nanotechnology Education
James Bain, Carnegie Mellon University

Over 100 individuals representing 98 organizations participated in the TecForum, and expressed great enthusiasm for the event?s focus on the ways nanotechnology will change the teaching and practice of engineering. Vasundara Varadan, Division Director of Electrical and Communication Systems for the National Science Foundation and a TecForum participant, said, "The TecForum allowed for identifying the academic and industry needs to be addressed. These presentations lead to the formulation of effective strategies for the integration of nanotechnology into the university-level engineering curriculum to ensure successful training of students who can contribute meaningfully to the commercial development of nanotechnology."

The International Engineering Consortium is a nonprofit organization dedicated to catalyzing technology and business progress worldwide in a range of high-technology industries and university communities. Since 1944, the IEC has provided high-quality educational opportunities for industry professionals, academics, and students. In conjunction with industry-leading companies, the IEC has developed an extensive free on-line educational program. The IEC conducts industry-university programs that have substantial impact on curricula. It also conducts research and develops publications, conferences, and technological exhibits that address major opportunities and challenges of the information age. More than 70 leading high-technology universities are IEC affiliates, and the IEC handles the affairs of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association. More information about the IEC can be found at

International Engineering Consortium
549 West Randolph Street, Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60661-2208
Tel: +1-312-559-4600 Fax: +1-312-559-4111

IEC Contact:
Patrick Gentry

Reprinted with premission.
Copyright The International Engineering Consortium.

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