Nanofabrication Manufacturing

Program Goals

Nanotechnology is helping to considerably improve, even revolutionize, many technology and industry sectors: information technology, energy, environmental science, medicine, homeland security, food safety, and transportation,  among many others. Most benefits of nanotechnology depend on the fact that it is possible to tailor the essential structures of materials at the nanoscale to achieve specific properties, thus greatly extending the well-used toolkits of materials science. (Source: US National Nanotechnology Initiative,

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Applied Engineering & Technology Management

The Applied Engineering and Technology Management (AETM) program prepares students for the forefront of technological innovation. Nanotechnology can be applied to nearly any industry, and therefore, there are abundant possibilities in where this degree can be used. As the demands for faster computers, tailored healthcare and energy efficiency increase, nanoscale science and engineering are more important than ever. A well-trained workforce will be critical to filling the need.

Students in Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology complete 18 credits of technical courses in nanoscale science and engineering at Pennsylvania State University’s Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization (CNEU). In this program, students work on a variety of projects in multi-million dollar facilities using cutting-edge equipment. The skills gained are directly transferable to industry and include cleanroom training and nanomaterials assessment and production, such as silicon processing, electron microscopy and other techniques for producing and analyzing nanoscale structures.



Applied Engineering & Technology

The Applied Engineering and Technology (AET) associate degree prepares students equally well for technical proficiency in modern nanofabrication manufacturing environments. The curriculum mirrors the AETM program, but does not include the same depth of business and management coursework. Transfer into the AETM program is seamless if desired later on.



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  • AETM Program Coordinator


    Prof. Donna Painter is the program coordinator for the Applied Engineering & Technology Management program. Please email Prof. Painter if you have any questions about the AETM program, or if you would like more information.
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  • Top Three Reasons

    Top 3 Reasons to Choose Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology at MU:

    1. Extensive hands-on research opportunities
    2. individual project funding and professional development available
    3. Get a broad range of skills and experiences that make you highly employable
  • Laboratory Facilities

    This program is supplemented by specialized facilities on Penn State's main campus. On-site laboratory facilities include a variety of specialized processing and characterization equipment related to nanomaterials and the assessment of their properties. Specific competencies include:

    Nanostructured Materials Lab

    • Chemical Vapor Disposition
    • Mechanical Alloying
    • Powder Consolidation
    • Inert Environment Processing

    Materials Testing and Analysis

    • Metallography and Microscopy
    • Rockwell, Brinell and Microindentation
    • Mechanical Analysis in Tension, Compression and Cyclic Testing
  • NFMT Grads May Become:
    • Production Scientists
    • Quality Control Technician
    • Materials Research Technologist
    • Scanning Electron Micropist
    • Nanomaterials Research Associate
    • Cleanroom Technician
    • Microfabrication Technician
    • Engineering Technician
    • Failure Analysis Technician
  • Internship Opportunities

    Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology internships combine the student's academic, technical, and management preparation with actual on-the-job experiences ranging from custom piecework to high-volume operations. Internships involve a significant management component and students are required to engage in management-related activities such as planning, organizing, directing, and supervising at the workplace. The student, the employer, and the faculty work cooperatively to assure the internship experience achieves the best possible learning value.