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Advancing nanotechnology research

Professor Shubhra Gangopadhyay gave an overview of research at the College of Engineering's Center for Nano- and Micro-Electromechanical Systems and Nanotechnology on April 7. Photo by Melinda Sheffler

C. W. LaPierre Chair and Professor Shubhra Gangopadhyay gave an overview of research under way at the College of Engineering’s Center for Nano- and Micro-Electromechanical Systems and Nanotechnology as well as its goals during the center’s dedication on April 7. Gangopadhyay, an electrical and computer engineer, heads the college’s work on highly miniaturized technology that can be used for both military and private purposes.

Education, government and industry representatives were among 175 participants from across the country who joined college leaders in celebrating the center’s official opening.

“Today is emblematic of the cutting-edge research we are engaged in at the university,” said Elson S. Floyd, president of the University of Missouri System.

College leaders believe that nanoscale and microsystems research will have an important influence on future technology. Eventually, the center’s advanced research will create jobs and other economic benefits even as it improves society’s well-being, CoE Dean Jim Thompson said.