JSNN’s mission is to train students and the community how to conduct basic and applied research in nanoscience and nanoengineering, and to work closely with the Piedmont Triad community to help enhance opportunities for economic and academic growth through its outreach and engagement activities.

Although Nanoscience and Nanoengineering deal with structures that are invisible to the human eye, their potential to improve daily life is quite substantial. For example as you are reading this, nanoscience and nanoengineering are providing new means of drug delivery, new dental adhesives, new cosmetics, new heat resistant coatings, and a range of other products that can make our lives safer and more productive. The advances in nanoscience and nanoengineering mean that more corporations are forming to design and produce nanoproducts. The financial implications of these new industries will be significant. According to Lux Research , the projected economic impact of nanotechnology on the global economy is $3.1 trillion by 2015. JSNN seeks to develop collaborations with the local and regional businesses that will raise the Triad’s Nanotechnology profile with the goal of attracting new industry and investment to the area and by doing so helping to stimulate the economic growth.

Educational Outreach Activities could be requested by submitting a request form.






The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN), our collaborating universities, faculty, students, corporate partners, equipment partners and the Gateway University Research Park are addressing some of the most critical issues, problems and opportunities facing our society. Being successful in these endeavors requires a constant influx of bright young minds. Exciting young minds about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is critical if the United States is to continue to be a world leader in science and technology.

The JSNN is dedicated to supporting schools and encouraging young students to focus on areas aligned with STEM. We take very seriously our responsibility to excite the young people of our region about the interesting and exciting career opportunities in STEM related fields involving Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. We recognize that for our region, state and nation to prosper we must be at the forefront of the development of these new technologies. We are committed to playing a lead role in the efforts to ignite passion for STEM in our young people.

The JSNN works with the Piedmont Triad schools on STEM initiatives and other outreach projects. Faculty and students of JSNN will be available to make presentations to various science and mathematics classes, to discuss the relevance of nanoscience and nanoengineering in our daily lives, to demystify nanoscience and most importantly to engage, excite and inspire the Triad’s future scientists and leaders!

Our NanoBus will visit 5 to 6 schools (middle and high) each semester, where our graduate students demonstrate some scientific experiments and explain them.JSNN NanoBus

Our laboratories are open to school field trips and visits. JSNN is a beautiful 105,000 square feet building which includes 85000 square feet state-of-the-art research facilities and equipment to engage the imagination of our future scientists.

We’ll be glad to provide information to students, parents and teachers about nanoscience & nanoengineering.

Everyone interested should contact us:

Office: 336-285-2800

Fax: 336-500-0115

As a result of this work, JSNN is proud to announce it’s collaboration with the GATE CITY KIWANIS CLUB.

The Gate City Kiwanis is a group of active men and women involved in a broad spectrum of occupations in the area. Their members participate in a vast array of community service projects throughout the local area and North Carolina. Their club actively supports the Kiwanis World Wide Service Project to rid the world of Iodine Deficiency Disorders.


Community Colleges

The mission of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering is to train students, to conduct basic and applied research in nanoscience and nanoengineering, and to work closely with the Piedmont Triad community to help enhance opportunities for economic development.

JSNN’s internship program started during spring semester 2011 as part of its academic outreach and workforce training effort. Students are recruited from the Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC), Forsyth Technical Community College (FTCC), and Alamance Community College (ACC). GTCC students came from Biology, Mechanical Engineering, and HVAC. FTCC students came from its Nanotechnology and the biotech programs. Students work with JSNN and Gateway University Research Park professionals on a variety of real-world nanotechnology problems.

The internship program is offered as either, 10 hours per week for 16 weeks or 20 hours per week for 8 weeks, to accommodate class schedules. JSNN been hosting groups of students from GTCC and FTCC during the Fall and Spring semesters and beyond as part of its commitment to creating jobs.

The geographic proximity of both JSNN and the Community College campuses offers exciting opportunities for collaboration.

Success Stories:

  • Two FTCC students have been hired to work as technicians in JSNN’s cleanroom.
More success stories to come in the future as our internship program grows.


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