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SHINE | Seattle’s Hub for Industry-driven Nanotechnology Education


Seattle’s Hub for Industry-driven Nanotechnology Education
Seattle, WA

Alissa Agnello
Principal Investigator (PI)
(206) 934-6105

SHINE Promotes Nanotechnology in Pacific Northwest

SHINE promotes nanotechnology education throughout the Pacific Northwest region. Since 2012, SHINE has reached more than 5,000 students and educators with hands-on nanotechnology demonstrations at outreach events and science fairs. SHINE helped with the development and delivery of introductory nanotechnology courses at three partner high schools, impacting 309 students from 2012 to 2015.

SHINE has also excelled in delivering high quality professional development opportunities for educators. In 2015, SHINE launched its SHINE Fellows Institute, a scalable professional development program. The program supports educators as they develop curriculum and facilitate training workshops for other educators in their geographic areas.

Nanotechnology Lab Serves Students & Industry

SHINE’s Nanotechnology Lab at North Seattle College, provides students and industry with access to state-of-the-art equipment, such as an atomic force microscope, a confocal microscope, a profilometer, and a scanning electron microscope. Small companies and start-ups use the Nanotechnology Lab to access expensive equipment for their fabrication and characterization needs. As a result, student interns who work in the lab gain valuable experience identifying and analyzing materials that are used in commercial and industrial products. From 2014 to 2015, eight student interns were mentored by industry representatives, and received an additional 100 hours of hands-on experience using the equipment to collect data for the companies using the lab.

SHINE has been a leader in developing its lab facilities to support education and industry beyond its immediate geographic area. As an active member of the Remotely Accessible Instruments for Nanotechnology (RAIN) Network, SHINE allows students and educators to control nano and micro instruments in the Nanotechnology Lab from their own classrooms. From 2013 to 2015 SHINE hosted 20 remote access sessions for 32 educators and 363 students from across the country.