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Education Agreement on Nanoscience and Engineering to be Signed Friday by U.S. Navy Admiral and the President of The University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX. October 2nd, 2002

EVENT: An education partnership agreement on nanoscience and engineering will be signed by Dr. Larry R. Faulkner, president of The University of Texas at Austin, and Rear Admiral John D. Butler, commander of U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center.

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, (Oct. 4).

WHERE: Office of the President, Room 400 Main, The University of Texas at Austin.

BACKGROUND: This education agreement between The University of Texas at Austin and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, RI., will help ensure the development of scientists and engineers with expertise in nanotechnology. Nanotechnology enables novel materials and devices to be fabricated from pieces about a billionth of a meter in size. The ability to produce smaller and smaller building blocks for materials and devices is expected to have a major impact on all aspects of society as it is used for high-technology applications such as new disk drives, pharmaceuticals, energy sources and sensors. The U.S. Navy, for example, is using nanotechnology to develop lighter, embedded sensors on undersea vehicles. The embedded sensors will replace large, externally towed sensors and will be more economical and strategically efficient. Rear Adm. John D. Butler, commander of NUWC, said, "The Navy's needs and challenges are specialized but not entirely unique. Advances in nanotechnology will some day affect all parts of our daily lives. This education partnership will support graduate student research and development contributions to a new world made realizable by these advances." In the partnership, Navy scientists and engineers will help develop curriculum and provide research topics and guidance to graduate students in the university's Center for Nano- and Molecular Science and Technology (CNM). The students also will earn academic credits working on Navy oriented projects. In return, the Navy will be able to capitalize on innovations in the research and development of nanoscale products of the more than 60 faculty members in the CNM and its new program, the Nano ManTech program. The latter program involves university participants from the IC2 Institute in the McCombs School of Business, as well as from The University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas at Dallas. It is designed to foster research, education and commercialization efforts in nanomanufacturing. Paul F. Barbara is director of the CNM and the Nano ManTech program.

CONTACT: Dr. Paul F. Barbara, 512-471-2053, or Barbra Rodriguez, College of Natural Sciences, 512-232-0675. For more information, view Web sites here.

Reprinted with premission. Copyright UT.

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