ERIC Number: EJ888127
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
Nano Revolution--Big Impact: How Emerging Nanotechnologies Will Change the Future of Education and Industry in America (and More Specifically in Oklahoma). An Abbreviated Account
Holley, Steven E.
Journal of Technology Studies, v35 n1 p9-19 Fall 2009
Scientists are creating new and amazing materials by manipulating molecules at the ultra-small scale of 0.1 to 100 nanometers. Nanosize super particles demonstrate powerful and unprecedented electrical, chemical, and mechanical properties. This study examines how nanotechnology, as the multidisciplinary engineering of novel nanomaterials into atomically precise products, is expected to disrupt most industries. Past industrial revolutions, driven by water power, internal combustion power, electrical power, and computer power, have greatly affected our economy and forever changed the course of society. Nanotechnology represents more potential power than all previous technologies combined. The primary methodology of this study involved comparing the current literature on developments in nanotechnology to the historical development of electricity to assess if the nanotech revolution is reaching a true "critical mass," based on acceleration of technological change today and at other times in history. Data was collected from technical and business books on nanotechnology, testimonies from scientists before Congress, policy letters from the President's Office of Science and Technology, presentations at major nanotech conferences, perspective surveys from the international to the local level, studies on the dangers and regulation of nanotechnology, and studies on the general and scientific educational landscape of America. Although nanotechnology is growing in national academic intensity, is gathering public recognition, and is based on patentable science, Oklahoma and the West South-Central Region received only 9.6 percent of nanotech funding (NSF Award DMI-0450666, 2005). This study establishes recommendations for business and academic planning with specific strategies, goals, and objectives for community college workforce education in Oklahoma.
Descriptors: Technology, Molecular Structure, Scientists, Social Change, Production Techniques, Influence of Technology, Science and Society, Interdisciplinary Approach, Community Colleges, Educational Objectives, Educational Planning, Group Unity, Perspective Taking, Ethics, Educational Change, Economic Change, National Security
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma