The Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) Program was initiated as a component in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NSE) Program, which is part of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). The Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC) in the Directorate for Engineering (ENG) sought program evaluation services to facilitate a program-level understanding by addressing the following questions:
1. What were the outputs and outcomes resulting from NUE funding?
2. What departments, colleges have collaborated in these programs?
3. What was the impact of the program on undergraduate engineering education, as reported by the funded projects?
4. Have the program outcomes been disseminated throughout the academic community?
5. What was the level of K-12 outreach?
To address these questions, Manhattan Strategy Group (MSG), a DC-based management consultancy, analyzed all available projects that were funded from 2003 to 2011. This is the final analysis report that MSG submitted to NSF in September 2012.
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•Mary Poats-Program Manager, National Science Foundation, Directorate for Engineering, Division of Engineering Education and Centers
•Theresa Maldonado- Division Director, National Science Foundation, Directorate for Engineering, Division of Engineering Education and Centers
•Mihail Roco- Senior Advisor for Nanotechnology, National Science Foundation, Directorate for Engineering
•Alexandra Medina-Borja- Program Director, National Science Foundation, Directorate for Engineering, Evaluation and Assessment
•Fred Kronz- Program Director, National Science Foundation, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, Division of Science and Economic Studies
•Duncan McBride- Program Director, National Science Foundation, Directorate for Education and Human Resources , Division of Undergraduate Education
National Science Foundation- Directorate for Engineering (ENG), Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC)
Division of Engineering Education and Centers
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