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Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
Engineering the Micro and Nano Worlds: From Chips to Genes
The first part of the course will consist of a hands-on introduction to the techniques of micro and nanofabrication using Stanford’s shared nanotechnology research facilities, SNF and SNSF, complemented with field trips to local companies and other research centers to illustrate the many applications of nanotechnology, such as DNA microarrays, microfluidic bio-sensors, and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). The second part involves students proposing, planning, and executing a project “to build something at the nanoscale.” Really, that is the criteria, “build something at the nanoscale.” The professors will of course enthusiastically aid in refining your projects and helping you realize them, but the initial spark will be from your creativity. With access to 10s of millions of dollars of nanotech equipment available to aid in realizing your vision, we hope you accept this challenge with gusto. Examples of recent projects include biosensors using aptamer probes, fabricating nanowire springs, and ultrasensitive strain sensors using diffraction gratings.
In academic year 2020-2021, this IntroSem (EE 17N) will be offered in person only. Students must be on campus and attend course meetings in person. This is due to the 100% hands-on nature of the course with every course meeting involving laboratory work. Further, the open-ended nature of the student proposed projects which benefit from the wide variety of laboratory facilities on campus and in the area. The course would have to morph to something thoroughly different to be done remotely. The pandemic situation and appropriate responses to it have been changing rapidly over the last several months. These changes will likely continue, but we look forward to providing a safe environment with all appropriate protocols for this course in Summer Quarter 2021.