When a new science is in the developmental stage, it must be promoted within the environs of education. THE CENTER regards education as one of its highest priorities. The essence of The Center's Education Program Office is the necessity to promote an environment, within Texas, and nationwide, in which education and training programs, together with support capabilities improving organizational effectiveness, can be propagated throughout the educational system. The Education Program Office supports The Center's vision as a world leader in nanotechnology, and to accomplish this, we must get the word out to those whose mission it is to teach and inspire.
The explosive growth of computer science and the electronics industries were far easier to accommodate, mainly because they evolved from the employment of the predominately classical engineering disciplines of semiconductors. Therefore, we were not truly looking at a new science, but the evolution and progression of known factors. Because of this, academia was able to adapt its educational system to meet the needs of the science, without greatly changing its own original structure.
On the other hand nanotechnology is a new science in which the understanding has outpaced the application. This leaves a tremendous disparity in our educational system. Although we have been aware of nanotechnology for some time, the resources dedicated to its research and developments have been few, and in most cases, absent in the U.S. We must now rectify this situation before the U.S. falls behind in a science which will undoubtedly play the major role in the future of mankind on this planet, and in man’s quest for deep space travel.
THE CENTER recognizes that, only by cultivating a curriculum of education and training, focusing on critical technical competencies in nanotechnology systems engineering, architecture, as well as leadership, management, and business skills, designed to exploit this new science, will we be capable of staying ahead of the pack. China, Japan and Germany are, at this moment, expending enormous amounts of money and energy, in order to disseminate the information currently available on nanotechnology, throughout their educational and industrial systems. The industrial networks of these countries have taken this new science to heart, and collaborate with academia to bring to fruition, applications utilizing this new technology.
Only by the effective distribution of information and the promotion of continuous learning can this country hope to stay ahead. To this end THE CENTER provides extensive information resources and archival services through the Lone Star Library. THE CENTER also supports the spread of education and research on nanotechnology through the sponsoring of conferences, exhibitions and seminars. THE CENTER additionally encourages the dissemination of information, through the publication of books by THE CENTER authors and we welcome the exchange of information through The Center's internet site
The charter of the Center's Educational Research Office is to provide educational research and methodologies in support of Scientific Research and Development. This is accomplished through technology investigations, demonstrations and prototyping of new educational tools, as well as through coordination and integration activities, in support of technology transition or insertion into operational efforts. The Center's educational needs are related to requirements and/or needs generated by the technical Special Program Offices (SPO). The Center's efforts require integration with the Systems Requirements studies, the systems development efforts and the system engineering efforts of the SPO’s in order to accomplish the primary objectives of The Center.
The Center's Education Program Office shall consist of 37 staff employees and numerous ad-hoc contractors. Organizationally, the Office shall consist of the Director and five Program Divisions. These division are:
The make-up of the staff is as follows: