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Course I: Introduction to Nanotechnology Safety

Introduction to Nanotechnology Safety introduces students to nanotechnology, nanomaterials and manufacturing, national security implications, and societal and ethical issues of nanotechnology.

This course ideally should be a sophomore/junior level course. After completing this course, students will be able to understand:

  • The ethical and societal impact of nanotechnology,
  • Fundamental concepts in sustainable nanotechnology, and
  • The nature and development of nanotechnology

If offered as a full  course then this course will meet ABET‘s student learning outcomes:

(f) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility,
(h) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context, 
(j) A knowledge of contemporary issues.

Please, refer each module syllabus to know goal, objectives, student learning outcomes, and ABET outcomes pertaining to that particular module.

Please, click on module title for detail syllabus. There are seven investigators participating in the development of this course. First parenthesis is (Course Lead) and second parenthesis is (Module Members).

Please, click here for references list. 

What is Nanotechnology and Ethics in Nanotechnology? (Dr. Fazarro) (Dr. Allhoff)
Syllabus               Video-links               References
Ethics of Science and Technology (Dr. Hanks) (Dr. Fazarro)
Syllabus               Video-links               References
Societal Impacts (Dr. Hanks) (Dr. Allhoff)
Syllabus               Video-links               References
Ethical Methods and Processes (Dr. Hanks) (Dr. Allhoff)
Syllabus              Video-links               References
Nanomaterials and Manufacturing (Dr. Trybula) (Dr. Tate; Dr. Allhoff)
Syllabus                Video-links               References
Environmental Sustainability (Mr. Dutta) (Dr. Hanks; Dr. McLean)
Syllabus               Video-links               References
Nanotechnology in Health and Medicine (Dr. Tate) (Dr. Allhoff; Dr. Hanks; Dr. McLean)
Syllabus                Video-links               References
Military and National Security Implications (Dr. Tate) (Dr. Allhoff; Dr. Hanks; Dr. Trybula; Mr. Dutta)
Syllabus               Video-links               References
Nanotechnology Issues in the Distant Future (Dr. Trybula) (Dr. Allhoff; Dr. Hanks; Dr. Tate)
Syllabus                Video-links               References
10A Paper
Presentations of Case Studies or Research Project
Academician: Representative from NSF CEINT or NSF Nano-Link Center
Industry: Representative from Local Nanotechnology Industry
Nanomanufacturing Insights by SME, Nanoparticles and Mega-fears, Debating the Risks of Nanotechnology by La Compagnie des Taxi-brousse (Refer VideoLinks)


This course was offered online as Special Topics- TECH 4350 course in Summer II 2013 (July 8, 2013 to Aug 8, 2013) at the University of Texas at Tyler. This course was open to all students, industry professionals, and anybody who has interest to learn nanotechnology safety issues. The following were formalities (for reference only).

Students were required to follow following steps in order to be formally enrolled, participated in the course, and had the audit transcripted by the University of Texas at Tyler (UT Tyler). The course fee was $50 for non-residents of State of Texas.

  • Steps to formally enroll in this course 
  • Application for Course Audit
  • TECH 4350 Audit Request
For further explanation, students were requested to contact Enrollment Services Center at 903.566.7180 or, Ms. Kelsey French at 903.565.5824.