Engineering Prof Receives $100,000 Grant from NSF to Develop
Tulin Mangir, a professor of electrical engineering at CSULB, received a $100,000
award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a project titled "NUE:
A Tour in Nano-land and Understanding the Nano-landscape: Developing Multidisciplinary
NUE Courses." The purpose of the project is to develop lower division classes
at CSULB in the nano-sciences and nanotechnology, fields of study that focus
on manufacturing tools, materials and machines at the molecular and atomic particle
Together with CSULB colleagues Chuhee Kwon, associate professor of physics and
astronomy, and Andrew Z. Mason, professor of biological sciences, Mangir plans
to expand and develop curricula for undergraduate major and non-major students,
and they plan to add a teacher-training component to increase general awareness
and promote career options to fill jobs in this rapidly growing discipline.
"As part of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, CSULB is located
in the largest concentration of high technology industry in the nation,"
said Mangir, who has worked with researchers from Xerox PARC, Boeing, IBM, Northrup
Grumman (TRW), UCLA and USC in the areas of sub-micron devices, VCSELs (Vertical
Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers), biosensors, sensor networks, robotics and nano-fluids.
"This grant puts us on the map as one of a handful of undergraduate programs
in the United States that have a program in nanotechnology."
Specific goals of Mangir's work will include development of an interdisciplinary
survey course on nanotechnology designed for engineering and science majors
in their sophomore and junior years, development of a junior/senior course with
a combination of lecture and laboratory time that provides students with an
in-depth understanding of the techniques used in nano-scale science and engineering,
and the creation of Web-based resources and interaction modules designed for
distance learning aimed at science and engineering teacher preparation classes.
The courses, which will cover applications in life sciences, biotechnology and
medicine, physics, materials, electronics and environmental monitoring, will
expose students to the use of instrumentation such as atomic force microscopes,
X-ray microscopes, remote monitoring of robots (tele-robotics) and nano-robots,
and materials with very special properties that can only be produced in the
In addition, societal and business implications of nanotechnology will be explored,
and students will become more aware of the issues in the development and applications
of nanotechnology in a planned follow-up program.