Engineering Inside:

2014 Issue 1


The Big Wide World of the Smallest Scale
April 2014

What if you could watch atoms transfer electrons and form new molecules? Or observe a red blood cell as it travels through your vein? With the recent development of advanced tools like Scanning Tunneling Microscopes and Atomic Force Microscopes, these up-close, small-scale observations are becoming possible….Read More

IEEE Spark Has Been Discontinued

Following a strategic review by IEEE of its education activities, it has been decided to discontinue IEEE Spark. Previous issues of IEEE Spark will remain available until the end of 2017. Visitors can also continue to take advantage of IEEE’s other pre-university education resources including ( and IEEE (

Meet Harold Craighead!

April 2014

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to explore phenomena tinier than the width of a human hair? We have interviewed Harold Craighead, Professor of Applied & Engineering Physics at Cornell University. Craighead has been a pioneer in nanofabrication methods and the application of engineered nanosystems for research and device applications.Read More

The Surface Area Effect

April 2014

Large-scale particles and nanoparticles can exhibit very different properties. One of the main reasons nanoparticles behave differently is that they have much higher surface area than larger particles. In this activity you can try growing sugar crystals to explore how surface area can change at the nanoscale.Read More

IEEE Spark Challenge

Think you know IEEE Spark? Test your knowledge of engineering, computing and technology with the IEEE Spark Challenge! Answer questions correctly to help your team move to the top of the leaderboard.

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Explore Nanotechnology with Games and Simulators!

Working at the nanoscale isn’t something everyone will get a chance to do, but there are nanotechnology games and tools online that can simulate the real thing and help put your new knowledge into perspective.

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IEEE Nanotechnology Council

The IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) has been around for more than a decade, working to support nanotechnology theory, design, and development in its industrial, scientific, and engineering applications.

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