For the first time, a SUNY SCCC student in the Nanoscale Materials Technology degree program will be completing an internship at the prestigious National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Md.
Chad Plant, who plans to graduate from the program this month, was one of only two students chosen from among 45 applicants from across the state, to be sponsored by the Northeast Advanced Technological Education Center for the paid internship program. In order to be considered for the internship, students must have a strong GPA and support from faculty. Chad is shown at left with Tania Cabrera, Associate Professor in the Division of Math, Science, Technology and Health, in the Nanotechnology Lab in the SUNY SCCC Center for Science and Technology.
He’ll be working for three months starting in May 2017 in the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), learning about clean rooms, lithography, etching and metrology.
"It's been fantastic just how much this place has permitted me to reacquaint myself with that side of my brain and I'm really quite amped about the internship with NIST,” Chad said.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology supports the development of nanotechnology by providing industry, academia, NIST, and other government agencies access to world-class nanoscale measurement and fabrication methods and tools. It offers opportunities for researchers to collaborate on creating and using the next generation of nanoscale measurements and fabrication tools and methods.
“It’s very exciting to have one of our students chosen for this internship because it’s one of the most high-tech facilities in the world,” said Tania Cabrera, Associate Professor in the Division of Math, Science, Technology and Health and lead faculty member in the nanoscale program at the College. “Chad is going to gain invaluable experience as he starts his career in the nano field.”
Students in the SUNY SCCC Nanoscale Materials Technology program fulfill internships that provide them with real-world experience in the semiconducting manufacturing industry. Students have interned at The Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and at GlobalFoundries.
Find out more about the Nanoscale Materials Technology program here.