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
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.
P. H. Chang, Materials Science & Engineering, Northwestern