One of the Smalley Institute's Grand Challenges is EDUCATION. The Institute and faculty members devote considerable resources to the task of educating students and enthusiasts of all ages. Here we highlight several of our programs and resources applicable to students at all levels.
2003 the Smalley Institute developed a new affiliates program called
NanoFANS (Friends Advancing Nano Science/Technology). NanoFANS is
designed to keep those individuals or corporations that are interested in
nanotechnology at the forefront of information.
All NanoFANS members will receive a membership card, advance notice of
seminars, scientific meetings, and Smalley Institute events.
Upper-level members get additional benefits such as free parking at events
and the opportunity to sponsor events.
"Connexions is a place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc. Anyone may view or contributes." The Connexions site has several quality nanotechnology and general science modules from Rice University faculty and others.
Venture Forum through Rice Alliance
for Technology and Entrepreneurship – February 12, 2009
The Annual Nanotechnology Venture Forum, the premier
conference to learn about commercial applications of nanotechnology, is
co-hosted by the Smalley Institute. The
forum showcases nearly twenty of the most promising nanotechnology start-up
companies. Speakers will include leading
venture capitalists, investors, and the world's foremost experts in
nanotechnology research and commercialization. Attendees will learn how
nanotechnology will change our lives and shape the future of business.
Advanced Energy Consortium (AEC)
AEC facilitates pre-competitive research in micro-
and nanotechnology materials and sensors that have the potential to create a
positive and disruptive change in the recovery of petroleum and gas from new
and existing reservoirs.
Distinguished Seminar Series
Institute brings a distinguished lecturer to Rice University every other year. What differentiates these seminars from
others is that the lecturer is further along in his or her career and speaks not only about scientific
interests but also provides insight into his or her long and illustrious career.
Nanotechnology for Defense Conference
This premier event, sponsored by the tri-service research
organizations (Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Army Research Laboratory
(ARL), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Defense Threat Reduction Agency
(DTRA) and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is committed to
providing a fertile and stimulating forum to enable attendees to discuss
opportunities afforded by recent material innovations, which maximize control
of the nanostructure (nanomaterials), to impact defense and dual-use
NASA/Rice Nucleation and Growth Workshop
The workshop is
hosted every other year by the Smalley Institute and NASA. The next workshop is scheduled for April
2009. The purpose of the workshop is to
develop a better understanding of SWCNT nucleation and growth mechanism. The workshop brings together world experts to
present experiments, theories, and modeling efforts focused on all aspects of
SWCNT nucleation, growth, and production.
TunaFest (2008 photos)
in 2002 as a small gathering faculty and students about 200 people total. We met in the middle of the summer to relax
and eat the tuna Wade Adams caught
on a recent deep-sea fishing trip. TunaFest became an annual tradition for the Smalley Institute with
over 1350 attendees in 2008. The
TunaFest has evolved over the years to include nanotechnology researchers from
several academic institutions, industrial partners from around Houston,
and nanotechnology enthusiasts from across the US.
TunaFest was the largest annual nanotechnology event in Houston.