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NCLT was established in October 2004 as a national center for learning and teaching of nanoscale science and engineering education.

The mission of NCLT is to develop the next generation of leaders in nanoscale science and engineering teaching and learning, with an emphasis on NSEE capacity building, providing a strong impact on national science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. The guiding theme of NCLT is learning and teaching through inquiry and design of nanoscale materials and applications.

The Center’s core operational strategy is an Integrated Program comprised of five component areas: (1) Learning Research; (2) Nano Concept, Course, and Learning Technology Development; (3) Professional Development; (4) Resource Dissemination, Networking & Community Building; and (5) Evaluation and Assessment. Operational Units have been established to lead and coordinate efforts in each of the above-mentioned component areas.

A series of topical Work Circles has been established to carry out specific projects across Operational Units. This “matrix” operational structure is further supported by the NCLT cyberinfrastructure. Each Operational Unit and Work Circle consists of faculty members and their students working in diverse disciplines at various NCLT partnering institutions. Oversight of the Center’s Integrated Program is provided by the NCLT Leadership Council: R.P.H. Chang (Chair); Joseph Krajcik; Tom Mason; Nick Giordano; Lynn Bryan; Umberto Ravaioli; Tom Moher; and Jim Pellegrino.

For more information on NCLT, view the video presentation below and browse through the resources on the NanoEd Resource Portal.

Center Director
Professor R. P. H. Chang, Materials Science & Engineering, Northwestern University

To learn more, view video and powerpoint presentations:

NCLT Introduction Video
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NCLT Vision and Mission Presentation Slides
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NCLT is a core partnership of:

  • Northwestern University (main headquarters)
  • Purdue University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Alabama A & M University
  • Argonne National Laboratories
  • Fisk University
  • Hampton University
  • Morehouse College
  • University of Texas at El Paso

With an expanding network of Partnerships nationally, including:

  • Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN)
  • Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net)
  • Institute for Functional Nanomaterials (an EPSCoR at University of Puerto Rico)
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Global Nanotechnology Network
  • Materials World Module
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization at Penn State
  • Georgia Institute of Technology Microelectronic Research Center
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
  • Stanford Research Institute International
  • University of Massachusetss at Amherst
  • Harper Community College
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • California Community Colleges Satellite Network
  • College of Lake County
  • Northeastern and Harvard University (NSEC)


Last updated: January 8, 2008