Nanotechnology/nanoscience minor may be in the works
The Knowledge Exchange in Palm Bay hosted a showcase of EMS printing and scanning technology on April 5 featuring a Florida Tech professor and local businesses.
“The beauty of 3D printing is how simple it is,” said Tom Rochford, account manager for EMS, an engineering and manufacturing service company based in Tampa Fla.
James Brenner, Florida Tech professor, hopes to create a partnership between The Knowledge Exchange and Florida Tech to help with the 3D printing needs of the college of engineering.
The Cube is just one of many 3D printers available. (Photo by Kelsey McMullan)
“The Knowledge Exchange has 3D printing capabilities that are beyond our price range and will allow us to get to our tissue scaffolding goals faster than we otherwise would,” Brenner said. “The 3D scanning, conversion of scan-to-CAD software, and then 3D printing will allow us to reverse engineer just about anything.”
Melissa Sharp, a junior mechanical engineer is helping with Brenner’s 3D printing and scaffolding project.
“I had materials science with him and asked if he had any research projects available and he put me on the 3D printing project,” Sharp said. “I came here as a liaison and hope to get students interested and connect with EMS and The Knowledge Tree.”
Brenner has been steadily building the nanotechnology and materials programs and hopes that next year there will be a minor in nanotechnology.
“The minor is a nanoscience/nanotechnology minor,” he said. “It has not been made official yet. I expect that it will become official sometime in the next school year.”
“Dr. Vipuil Kishore will be added to the chemical engineering faculty in August. He is a biomaterials, and particularly a tissue engineering, expert,” Brenner said. “The biomedical engineering program is also likely to hire someone in the same area. If they do, this new faculty member will also be part of the nanotech minor program.”
Chemical engineering major Rudy Dos Santos is hoping to be a part of the minor.
“The main reason I want the nanotechnology minor is that I am trying to be a chemical engineering technician,” said Dos Santos, a junior. “The minor helps me understand the different equipment used as well as possibilities to make my own equipment or improve already existing ones for mucho dinero.”