The College of Engineering at North Carolina State University will open its doors to anyone with an interest in science and engineering during two events with a focus on nanotechnology, soft matter and microorganisms that thrive in extreme environments.
NC State’s annual NanoDays event and an outreach event coordinated by the Research Triangle Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) will both be held on Wednesday, April 20 on NC State’s Centennial Campus.
“Since its inception, the RT-MRSEC has been involved very actively in various forms of public outreach. We do so for multiple reasons,” said Dr. Jan Genzer, Celanese Professor in CBE and MRSEC co-director. “First, we constantly strive to increase participation and diversity in STEM fields through education and mentoring of K-12 and undergraduate students. In a sense, this is a great recruiting event for all Triangle universities and the MRSEC in particular. We also put a lot of effort toward enhancing public awareness of materials research through lectures and hands-on demonstrations (many of which we have developed ourselves). We conduct those in middle and high schools, at local colleges and in various public places. The NC Science Festival represents a true hallmark of our activities in public outreach.”