IEEE Nanotechnology Council
by Robin Hegg
The IEEE has been working to advance collaboration and research in nanotechnology since the very beginnings of the nanotechnology industry. 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. The IEEE Nanotechnology Council is made up of representatives from 21 IEEE societies, including those dealing with aerospace, manufacturing technology, and engineering in medicine and biology. There are currently 14 council chapters spread throughout the world as well as three student chapters.
The council sponsors four annual nanotechnology conferences: the IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE NANO), which covers nano manufacturing, biomedicine, energy, plasmonics, electronics, and sensors, as well as the modeling of nano structures and devices; the IEEE Nanotechnology Materials and Devices Conference, which looks at ongoing work and the future directions of nanomaterials and their construction, nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, and devices; the IEEE International Conference on Nano/Molecular Medicine and Engineering, which deals with nano and molecular technologies in medical therapy, diagnosis, imaging, drug delivery, biochips, cell mechanics, biological interfaces, and new frontiers in nanobiotechnology; and the IEEE International Conference on Nano/Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems, which brings together leading researchers to discuss microelectromechanical systems and nanotechnology.
The IEEE Nanotechnology Council also sponsors three annual prizes. The Early Career Award in Nanotechnology is given to individuals who have had a major impact on nanotechnology within seven years of earning their highest academic degree. Those who have been working for at least 10 years since earning their highest degree are eligible for the Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology, which recognizes those who have had a significant impact on nanotechnology by initiating new areas of research, development, or engineering. The Distinguished Service Award is granted to those who have performed outstanding service to benefit and advance the IEEE Nanotechnology Council. The 2013 Pioneer Award winner was Charles M. Lieber, the Mark Hyman Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University, “For pioneering contributions to nanometer diameter wire synthesis and applications and defining leadership in nanotechnology.”
The IEEE also works to provide information, education, and opportunities for those interested in finding out more about nanotechnology. IEEE’s website trynano.org includes information, lessons, and more for those interested in getting involved in the exciting and constantly evolving field of nanotechnology.