Gateway University Research Park to Open New Facility for the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering
GREENSBORO, N.C., Nov. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Construction recently wrapped up for a second research facility at Gateway University Research Park’s South Campus (Gateway) with completion of a 105,000-square-foot building that will house the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN). The JSNN is a collaboration between North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA&T) and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). This newest two-story research facility will feature extensive labs, a clean room, a 3-D visualization suite, and a large suite of high-tech tools including a Carl Zeiss SMTÃ‚® Orion Helium Ion microscope – the only one of its kind in the Southeastern United States. The Universities and Gateway will host the official grand opening ceremony for the JSNN on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. Guest speakers on the dais include: North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue, Sen. Phil Berger, Rep. Harold Brubaker, UNC System President Tom Ross, UNC-Greensboro Chancellor Dr. Linda Brady, North Carolina A&T State University Chancellor Dr. Harold Martin, and JSNN Founding Dean Dr. James Ryan. A public Open House event will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The JSNN facility is located at 2907 East Lee Street.
John Merrill, executive director of Gateway University Research Park said, “The completion of this facility underscores the commitment of NCA&T, UNCG, and the Piedmont Triad region to be a leader in innovation and economic development. We anticipate that the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering will become a model for collaborative research.”
“The nanoschool is looking forward to moving into the JSNN facility,” said Dr. James Ryan, founding dean of the JSNN. “These laboratories were designed to enable our mission of education, research and outreach. We look forward to working with our collaborators.”
The JSNN offers a Master of Science in Nanoengineering, a Ph.D. in Nanoengineering, a Professional Science Master’s in Nanoscience, and a Ph.D. in Nanoscience. JSNN’s research focus areas include: NanoBioscience, NanoMetrology and Modeling, NanoMaterials, NanoBioelectronics, nanoenergy, and computational nanotechnology.
Gateway University Research Park is a joint collaboration between NCA&T and UNCG and serves as a catalyst for university research, innovation and economic development for the scientific research being performed at Greensboro’s two high research universities. University officials expect that over the next 10 years, Gateway University Research Park will provide $500 million in economic impact to the region. For more information, visit www.GatewayURP.com.
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