Mission & Vision

Our Mission


The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) mission is to be a catalyst for breakthrough innovations that provides high-impact academic, industry and government research outcomes.

Our Vision


The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) is a collaboration between two high research universities:  North Carolina A&T State University (NC A&T SU) and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Collaboration will always be a core part of JSNN’s DNA.  JSNN will constantly seek out strategic collaborations with other academic institutions, industry and government organizations as a catalyst for continuing to produce research breakthroughs.

To achieve the mission, JSNN recruits students that are the best and brightest men and women from a variety of disciplines to conduct advanced research in Nanoengineering and Nanoscience.  Students are challenged to choose a research area that is expected to provide significant benefit to mankind.  Beyond becoming exceptional researchers, students will develop leadership and communication skills that will make them an exceptional asset in any academic, industry or government organization.

JSNN is also catalyst for economic development.  The Southeastern Nanotechnology Infrastructure Corridor (SENIC) was created as a partnership between Georgia Tech and JSNN, a collaboration of NCA&T and UNCG.  SENIC combines the infrastructure strengths of both Georgia Tech and the JSNN to provide academic, industry and government users affordable access to one of the largest and most modern Nano-fabrication and Nano-characterization tool sets in the country.

JSNN formed in 2009 and actively recruits organizations from academia, industry and government to join.  For a nominal annual membership fee that is applied to tool and facility rental, JSNN provides NIC members with training and 24/7 access to JSNN’s facilities, state of the art tools and labs.  The research and collaborations formed through membership are leading to breakthroughs in materials, products and processes that stimulate the economy and improve the world around us.

The JSNN is located on the south campus of Gateway Research Park, another collaboration between NCA&T and UNCG.  Being located at Gateway Research Park provides the opportunity for our members to locate or co-locate facilities adjacent to JSNN’s facilities for 24/7 access to tools and labs.  This is resulting in economic development and job creation for Greensboro.