The University of Texas-Pan American joined four other UT System universities January 16 in signing a memo of understanding to promote nanoscience and nanotechnology education and research in South Texas.
During the signing ceremony – which took place at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen – each university committed to collaborate on “Nano at the Border,” a new project that will help establish educational seminars, courses and training sessions in the field of nanoscience.
"Collaboration among universities allows the few experts in this field to work together to research new designs and applications,” said Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo, UTPA provost/vice president for Academic Affairs. “The result is greater progress in the research and development area and greater improvements.”
Nanotechnolgy – which is the science and technology of building electronic circuits and devices from single atoms and molecules – has been known as the next possible revolution in science.
Nanoscience has numerous potential applications in the fields as electronics, medicine, communications and manufacturing.
"It is important to promote nanoscience because of its great affects and potential for improving the micro-chip development process,” said Arévalo, who signed the agreement on behalf of the university. “Because of the number of manufacturing plants in our area it would also be of benefit in the improvement of production.”
Administrators from the participating universities hope to that “Nano on the Border” will provide adequate resources for students, faculty and the entire community to learn more about basic concepts of nanoscience and nanotechnolgy.
The program will include a combination of Web-based instruction, lab courses, small and large conferences and meetings and exchanges of faculty and students, university officials said.
Attending the signing ceremony was Congressman Salomon Ortiz; Dr. Leonel Vela, regional dean of the UT Health Science Center – RAHC; Dr. Karen Lozano, UTPA assistant professor of mechanical engineering; and various university administrators.