About the profession
Nanoengineering is the main vector of industrialization in the 21th century. It is considered that the speech “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom” by a physicist Richard Feynman (American Physical Society, December 29, 1959) inspired scientists to conduct research in the field of nanotechnology. Feynman described a process, which allowed manipulating individual atoms and molecules. Nanotechnologies have become a part of human life since 2001, when a scientific journal “Science” called nanotechnologies “the Breakthrough of the Year”, while a business magazine “Forbes” – “a new promising idea”. Ten years later, third-generation nanosystems and nanostructures were created, where synthesis and assembly technologies were used, such as bioassembly, surface robotics, modular nanosystems, chemical and mechanical processing of molecular and quantum nanosystems.
A student is both a listener and an active participant in group and individual projects; interactive and case study methods. Classes are held with the use of multimedia technologies, webinars, teleconferences, where the focus is on the problems of the main trends of modern nanoengineering and engineering nanotechnology. The profession-oriented material is learnt in the context of the main directions of development of nanoengineering through special disciplines of the programme:
- Introduction to nanomaterials and technologies
- Information technologies in nanoengineering
- Fundamentals of nanoengineering
- Study of nanomaterials and nanosystems
- Diagnostic methods in nanotechnologies
- Micro- and nanosystem engineering
- Fundamentals of design of nanodevices and systems on their basis
- CAD of micro- and nanoelectronic devices and micromechanical products
- Technological systems in nanotechnology
- Physical basis for of micro- and nanoelectronics
- Functional layers in nanodevices
- Physics and chemistry of nanotechnology
During training, students learn theoretical foundations of physical processes (physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, mechanics), receive comprehensive mathematical training, become familiar with methods and means for nano-dimensional measurements. Students have the opportunity to undertake production-technological internships at experimental-measuring and technological facilities of nanocenters in Moscow, including the Nanotechnology Center at RUDN University. Students conduct research in the fields of nanometrology, nanomaterials, nanosystems, etc.
If you want a career in science, you can conduct fundamental and applied comprehensive research of processes, phenomena and technologies, with and without nanoscale effects.
In the field of different-purpose industrial production, engineering, energy, instrument-making, space industries, depending on the chosen field of study, you will be able to:
- work with modern and high-precision measuring and diagnostic equipment, the latest and powerful base of high-resolution electron microscopes,
- effectively operate technological systems used in the manufacture of nanomaterials and products on their basis.
At school I was most interested in physics and mathematics. I not only studied the school curriculum, but also deepened my knowledge in my free time. At the same time, I used to think about how to put the gained knowledge into practice in my future profession. I entered the Engineering Academy of RUDN University for the field of study “Nanoengineering”, since I have always been attracted by the possibility of developing and creating something new, unique, and nanoengineering allows discovering new materials and new properties of existing materials through the use of nanotechnology, which is very important today in a rapidly developing society. Besides, qualified specialists with knowledge in the field of nanoengineering are in great demand today.
At school we think of what field of study to choose. Already in the 8th grade, I preferred such sciences as physics and chemistry. I knew for sure that I wanted to deal with something that would combine these two sciences. When it came time for applying to the university, I chose the field of study “Nanoengineering”, although I knew absolutely nothing about this special field, except that it covers a large number of areas of activity. At that time it was the most promising field of study. During four years of study, we learnt many disciplines directly related to nanoengineering, we had to learn a lot on our own, but it was very interesting to learn something new. Teachers present the material on the subjects understandably. The explained material is easy to understand: if something is not clear, teachers can explain again, they always answer questions on the subject. Though the teachers are serious, they are very funny and can talk to us during the break or even tell a joke in class, without getting off the topic. Our extracurricular activities included group excursions to various nanotechnological companies. Teachers and staff of the Dean’s Office of the Academy helped us organize such trips.
During on-the-job training, we could independently plunge into the process of developing and creating some elements of nanoelectronics, for example, transistors.
Nanotechnology is widely used in such areas as power industry, medicine, nanoelectronics. Due to such a great variety of areas of activity, upon completion of training and on-the-job internships, each of our group members could find the area of activity to work in. As for me, the most interesting thing is to work with nanomaterials. I am sure that this field of study will make the future.
Each of us decides independently which way to choose in life. When I was a senior student, I faced a dilemma what future profession and place of study to choose, since such decisions affect all future life. In making my choice, I relied on my hobbies and interests. Since senior school I was actively interested in physics, mathematics, design – these hobbies became a basis for choosing my future profession. After analyzing the prospects of professions and their relevance and comparing the results with my desires and hobbies, I realized that I could fulfill my potential in nanoengineering by doing what I really like.
The field of study "Nanoengineering" is interesting for its multidisciplinary, future prospects and close linkage to the "advanced" scientific knowledge in the field of new technologies. The organization of the training process allows participating in research conducted in order to find principles and ways to improve devices, systems, parts, components and assemblies of machines and mechanisms created at the base with the use of nanomaterials, nanotechnology processes and methods of nanodiagnostics.
On-the-job training gave the opportunity to participate in projects on the creation and production of nanoobjects, modules and products on their basis.
Perhaps, due to the well managed training process and the inclusiveness of topics of disciplines, everyone interested in the topic can discover many interesting things in the learning process. Quality equipment used in training upon the programme and for scientific experiments can also be a decisive factor when choosing this field of study.