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Nanotechnology Symposium attracts stakeholders to NOVA-Manassas

More than 200 people attended a Nanotechnology Symposium Nov. 10 at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

“The symposium provided enrichment opportunities for our students and professional development for faculty. In addition, we met people and organizations that represent potential partnerships that will benefit NOVA students,” said Manassas Provost Roger Ramsammy.

Attendees heard presentations by researchers from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Nanoscience Instruments, Georgetown University’s Department of Physics, George Mason University’s National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases, Danville Community College, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, Mid-Atlantic Micro/Nano Alliance, and IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.

Topics focused on nanotechnology applications with emphasis on how nanotechnology impacts daily life. Networking breaks allowed time for students and faculty to meet the scientists.

“The Manassas Campus has invested in state-of-the-art equipment to incorporate nanotechnology activities into the classroom so our students receive cutting-edge instruction,” said event organizer Ia Gomez who serves as Manassas Campus assistant dean for science. “It was exciting to have such representation of prominent scientists and professionals from industry and academia at our campus at the same time.”

Support for the event was provided by the Virginia Community College System and Prince William County Department of Economic Development.

To learn more, contact Gomez at igomez@nvcc.edu.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.