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Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering

Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering (NME) Option Program

The NME Option Program offers a discipline-tailored Option in Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering to a variety of majors in departments of the College of Engineering (CoE) and the College of Arts and Sciences (CA&S). It introduces students to nanoscale principles in molecular engineering, provides hands-on experience and stresses the interdisciplinary of this field.

Already in the sophomore year, NME students are introduced to the underlying physical concepts of nanoscale science and their implications to engineering. In seminars throughout the program, they achieve an awareness of the nanoscience and molecular engineering research conducted at the UW, and how these efforts are addressing societal challenges and needs. Through hands-on experiences in laboratory courses, independent research, and/or capstone design projects, NME students get the opportunity to test, apply and expand upon their knowledge in Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering.

 

NME Option programs are currently offered by the following departments:
 
Department Advising Contact
Bioengineering (BioE) knichols@u.washington.edu
Chemical Engineering (CHEM E) rdd@u.washington.edu
Electrical Engineering (EE) brenda@ee.washington.edu
Mechanical Engineering (ME) meadvise@uw.edu
Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) kelkins@uw.edu
 

The following information is for CHEM E Majors only. Non-CHEM E students, please contact your advising office for more information, or visit the NME Homepage.

NME Option for CHEM E Majors

Admission:Admission to the CHEM E NME Option is competitive. General admission to the CHEM E NME Option is upon completion of NME 220. Admission decisions are based upon grades including NME 220 and CHEM E courses taken up to this point. A small number of students may be admitted into the NME Option upon application to the department. Admission will be based on the student’s academic record and prior experience/work in the field of nanoscience and/or molecular engineering. Students selecting to apply for the NME Option should indicate so in their Chemical Engineering application and discuss their interests and background in the essay.
 
Program Requirements for the CHEM E NME Option (22 credits): CHEM E 455 (3 credits), CHEM E 499 (3-6 credits), NME 220, NME 221, NME 321; NME 421; minimum of two additional approved nanoscience and molecular engineering electives. Contact the CHEM E Advising Office for the current list of approved electives. (See also CHEM E NME Course Catalogue.)
 
Required NME Option Courses in CHEM E
NME 220 (4) Lecture: Introduction to Molecular and Nanoscale Principles
Offered Spring.
NME 221 (1) Seminar: Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering Seminar I
Offered Spring.
NME 321 (1) Seminar: Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering Seminar II
Offered Spring.
NME 421 (1) Seminar: Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering Seminar III
Offered Spring.
CHEM E 455 (3) Laboratory: Surface and Colloid Science Laboratory
Offered in Autumn and Spring.
CHEM E 499 (3-6) Research: Undergraduate Research. In order to the CHEM E 499, students must have a GPA in chemical engineering courses of 3.00 or higher.
Arrange with research advisor.
 
List of Elective Courses*
BIOEN/CHEM E 490 (3) Engineering Materials for Biomedical Applications
BIOEN/CHEM E 491(3) Controlled-Release Systems: Principles and Applications
BIOEN 492
CHEM E 458 (3)
Surface Analysis
CHEM E/BIOEN 467 (3) Biochemical Engineering
CHEM E/MSE 484 (3) Electronic and Optoelectronic Polymers
EE 436 (3) Medical Instrumentation
EE/MSE 486 (3) Semiconductor Processing
ME/MSE 586 (3) Active and sensing materials and their devices
MSE 333 (3) Materials Characterization
MSE 481 (3) Science and Technology of Nanostructures
MSE/CHEM 484 (3) Materials Chemistry
NME 498 NME Specialty Topics
*Contact the CHEM E Advising Office for most up-to-date information. Most CHEM E elective courses are suitable substitutes, but require pre-approval from the CHEM E Advising Office, if not listed above.
 

NME Plan of Study for CHEM E Majors

 
Required Course Schedule for NME CHEM E Option
Year 2 — Post-Admission
Spring Quarter
NME 220 (4)
NME 221 (1)
Year 3 — Post-Admission
Spring Quarter
NME 321 (1)
Year 4 — Post-Admission
Fall (or Spring) Quarter
CHEM E 455 (3)
Year 4 — Post-Admission
Spring Quarter
NME 421 (1)
 
Suggested Course Schedule for NME CHEM E Option Electives and Research Experience
Year 3 — Post-Admission
Winter Quarter
NME Option Elective and/or CHEM E Research (3)
Year 3 — Post-Admission
Spring Quarter
NME Option Elective (3) and/or CHEM E 499 Research (3), or Engineering Co-op
Year 4 — Post-Admission
Fall Quarter
NME Option Elective (3) and/or CHEM E 499 Research (3)
Year 4 — Post-Admission
Winter Quarter
NME Option Elective (3) and/or CHEM E 499 Research (3)
*CHEM E 499, Engineering Co-op and NME Electives (12 credits). A minimum of 3 credits in research related activity.
 

Contact Us

Dept. of Chemical Engineering

phone: (206) 543-2250
fax: (206) 543-3778

dand@cheme.washington.edu