Fieldon Daubert, LHU graduate in Applied Physics and Nanotechnology, is showing fellow alumni, faculty and students a movie of a Raytheon missile blowing up a tank. The connections used in the switch are made by Tyco Electronics, where Daubert works.
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Lock Haven University’s Nanotechnology Awareness Day was a huge success. Students, faculty and guests assembled in the Ulmer Planetarium on Monday, November 8 to hear guest speaker Amy Brunner, research associate at Penn State's Center for Nanotechnology Education. Brunner present an overview of "what is nano" and some of the applications of nano in our lives, such as antimicrobial socks with silver nanoparticles, and carbon nanotubes in sports equipment. Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
Justin Ingram, 2005 graduate in Biology/Chemistry and Nanotechnology, gave a humorous presentation of how he got into the program and how where he is today (PhD student in Neuroscience at PSU) was largely due to his experiences within nano at LHU. He challenged current students to really ask themselves, "What are you going to do when you graduate?" For him, the nano program was a "life-changing experience."
Nick Drayer, LHU graduate in Biology/Chemistry and Nanotechnology, is currently applying to medical school. He also indicated that having nano on his resume has "opened doors" for him. Currently, he is head of quality control at United Nutrition Labs, Inc. He was sought out by this company because of his interdisciplinary experiences within all the sciences through the nano program. In his second week on the job, he was promoted to head of Quality Control and recently ordered a $100,000 piece of equipment.
Shawn Pickering, graduate in Applied Physics and Nanotechnology, showed the students a great website of nanotech companies in the US. He pointed out that you can get a job in nanotechnology in all 50 states, with California and Texas leading the pack. The site she showed was nanotechproject.org/news/archive/putting_nanotechnology_on_map/
Fieldon Daubert, graduate in Applied Physics and Nanotechnology, talked about how the nano program helped him to get his current position at Tyco Electronics. He says that the nano program helped "set him apart from others in the pack.” He compares his nano degree to a woman in a red dress in crowded room. He asked students, "Which would you rather be, the woman in the red dress or the guy in the same dark suit?" He gave a company overview of Tyco Electronics, which makes connectors for almost any electronic device.
Dr. Jackie Whitling, chair of the Department of Chemistry, gave a presentation on behalf of graduate Jens Weyant, graduate in Applied Physics and Nano. Weyant is working for Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. In this job, he is constantly applying the content knowledge learned at LHU to real-world applications.
Current students, Steven Swiontek (senior and President of Nano Club) and Jacob Cox (sophomore Nanoscience Scholar) spoke of their involvement in the nano program as well as Nano Club activities. Jacob noted that he views nanoscience as "out of this world" and the "new silver lining" in science.
All speakers made reference to the interdisciplinary nature of the LHU nano degree and how their resumes are more diverse because of completing the program.