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Top nanotech universities in U.S. named

Here at Foresight we get continual requests from students for advice on which schools to attend to pursue nanotechnology. Small Times has generously posted their second annual survey of U.S. universities’ abilities in nano and micro work. (Or, download the whole May/June issue in pdf, 5.5 MB — this is easier to read.)

It’s a long survey, but you can cut to the chase by turning to page 24 (numbered as page 26 in the pdf file) and see “Top 10 universities by category”. The Research list looks a bit odd; these are all solid schools, but it doesn’t look like a list of the best. Instead, see the two categories “Nano Research” and “Nano Commercialization”. The former, in order: MIT, Cornell, UC Berkeley, Northwestern, Stanford, Rice, Harvard, UCSB, Caltech, Illinois. This list looks pretty good to me (full disclosure: I went to MIT, so there may be some bias on my part).

Important note for students: the schools are being ranked by the quality of their nanotech research, not their nanotech education. These do not necessarily correlate: the best researchers often loathe teaching, especially undergrads. I’m not sure that the Education rankings shown on the same page are correct either — in fact, I doubt it. You’ll need to dig harder to find out which schools do the best job at teaching nanotech. However, if you go to the schools listed as being good for research, some of the other students will be able to teach you; that’s how it worked for me. Good luck! —Christine

8 Responses to “Top nanotech universities in U.S. named”

  1. Shivakumar.Hunagund Says:

    All the schools that are listed for Nanotech programs are top rated. But only Rice and university of Albany awards nanotech degrees and the rest of the listed universities have included only some of the nanotech subjects in their various degree programs curriculum. About six universities in UK now provide degrees in nanotechnology including PhD but whereas in US only two univerisites provide the masters n 5 universities for PhD in Nanotechnology.

  2. Christine Peterson Says:

    Yes, there has been a debate in the U.S. on whether to make nanotech its own department or not. Many professors worry that having a new nanotech department could lead to students being given a broad survey without sufficient depth. —Christine

  3. Merper Says:

    I don’t think nano is quite ready for it’s own department yet. I mean Bioengineering is just starting to become a recognized major as or recently and that’s seen commercial application for 20 years.

  4. pallavi Says:

    i am a student and have just completed my high school. can anyone let me know good universities which offer nanotechnology ??

  5. Says:

    I am Aishwarya and i have completed my engineering.can you let me know best universities that offer nanotechnology in ms

  6. ibrahim zia Says:

    i have completed my engineering.can you let me know best universities that offer nanotechnology in ms….

  7. omer maras Says:

    I have the same question here (which would be the best university/ies to study/get a PhD in Nanotechnology), but I have more time.. about 10 years actually, since it’s for my daughter (just starting school), whom I’m planning to suggest this field….
    so if you could give me a “currently these are the forerunners, but in 10 years these should be much better” estimation, it would be fine…
    also, what field do you think would be best?? I mean, engineering + biology?? or what?? so I know what she should select in high school/grad school etc..

    many thanks in advance

    Omer

  8. Chelsea Says:

    I’m currently study in year 12 which is the last year of my high school. I’m interested in nanotech but when i did some research, it results me a lot of ‘nanobiotech’. I’m not taking Biology as one of my major in high school. Can you give me some info about universities that’s good in nanotech education as a major (worldwide)? It might help me a lot. Thanks

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