Supply and Demand Research in Nanotechnology
Project to understand the broad societal impacts of nanotechnology.
From 2009 to 2010, the Heldrich Center partnered with Arizona State University on a project to understand some of the broad societal impacts of nanotechnology. The Heldrich Center conducted two studies as part of this initiative that are relevant to postsecondary education, including a census of nanotechnology degree programs in the United States and research with employers in Arizona to understand the demand for nanotechnology degrees and skills. The census of degree programs described regional and other trends in the development of nanotechnology degree majors and minors/tracks and identified key factors that schools consider when developing new nanotechnology education at the postsecondary level. The center also conducted interviews with employers in industries, including aerospace, biotechnology, and others, to better understand employer demand for workers who have nanotechnology skills and credentials.