Virginia Western Community College invites the public to attend a free lecture at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9 by Dr. Lisa Friedersdorf, a nationally renowned expert on nanotechnology. Dr. Friedersdorf, the Deputy Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), will discuss the future of nanotechnology and the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in the United States.
According to the National Nanotechnology Initiative (www.nano.gov), nanotechnology is science, engineering, and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers. Nanoscience and nanotechnology are the study and application of extremely small things and can be used across all the other science fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, and engineering.
Dr. Friedersdorf has been involved in nanotechnology for nearly twenty years, with a particular interest in advancing technology commercialization through university-industry-government collaboration. Prior to working with the NNCO, she was the Managing Director of the Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Scientific and Technological Advanced Research (nanoSTAR) at the University of Virginia.
The lecture is being presented as part of Virginia Western’s Women in STEM initiative. Dr. Friedersdorf will tell the story of how she built her career, helping to inspire and motivate women of all ages to pursue STEM fields.
WHAT: The Future of Nanotechnology and STEM Education, a free public lecture
WHO: Dr. Lisa Friedersdorf, Deputy Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office
WHEN: 1:30-2:30 p.m., Friday, October 9, 2015
WHERE: Whitman Theater, Virginia Western Community College (map and parking)