Nano-Systems Engineering Certificate Program

The NSF Nano-systems Engineering Research Center (NERC) for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) now offers a graduate certificate program in Nano-Systems Engineering.

The graduate certificate in Nano-Systems Engineering is a multidisciplinary program serving both degree and non-degree students starting in the spring 2014 semester. Whether you are already a graduate student within ASSIST, or simply want to develop additional expertise in the field of nano-science and technology, this multidisciplinary certificate will be a useful addition to your academic career.

The graduate certificate consists of a sequence of courses that will equip students with the technical skills essential for graduate research in the field. In addition, the certificate teaches entrepreneurship and other relevant skills that will help students be competitive in the modern engineering environment. The scope of the program is broad enough to include applications of nano-technology in a variety of fields including digital logic, energy harvesting, biomedical applications and others. As such, the certificate includes technical electives from many departments to provide breadth in different topics.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet ONE of the following requirements for admission into the graduate certificate program:

  • Have an undergraduate degree in a related field from a four-year college or university, and have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.
  • Be a degree student in good standing in an NC State University graduate program in a related field.

A student may obtain more than one certificate. Each certificate must have at least nine (9) credit hours that are unique to it.

Each semester, students should contact the Certificate Coordinator to determine registration procedures, course availability and registration dates.

Completion of a certificate program in no way guarantees entry into a graduate degree program.

Program of Study

The Nano-Systems Engineering Graduate Program requires a minimum of 15 credit hours:

Required Cources
  • ECE/CHE 568: Conventional and Emerging Nanomanufactring Techniques and Their Applications in Nanosystems - 3 credits
  • Choose one of the following:
    • MBS 576: Technology Evaluation and Commercialization Concepts - 4 Credit hours
    • ECE 592-034: Product Innovation Lab - 3 Credit Hours
  • 2 Core Electives (6 credit hours) from approved list
  • 1 Technical Elective (3 credit hours) from approved list
Department Core Electives (Choose 2) Technical Electives (Choose 1)
Biomedical Engineering BME 590-005: Nanobtiotechnology
BME 590-006: Biosensors
BME 525: Bioelectricity
BME 566: Polymeric Biomaterials Engineering
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering CHE 596C: Nano-scale films and surfaces
CHE 596I: Colloid Sciences and Nano-Scale Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering ECE 538: Integrated Circuits Technology and Fabrication
ECE 739: Integrated Circuits Technology and Fabrication (Lab)
ECE 792-016: Self-Powered Nano-Systems
ECE 592-020: Introduction to MEMS
ECE 557: Principles of MOS Transistors
ECE 724: Eletronic Properties of Solid State Devices
ECE 723: Optical Properties of Semiconductors
ECE 530: Physical Electronics
ECE 592-015: Bioelectricity and Neural Interfaces
ECE 592S: Organic Electronics and LCDs
Industrial Engineering ISE 718: Micro/Nano-Scale Fabrication and Manufacturing ISE 714: Product Manufacturing for the Medical Device Industry
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering MAE 536: Micro/Nano Electromechanical Systems
MAE 589-005: Micro-transducers
Material Science and Engineering MSE 760: Materials Science in Processing of Semiconductor Devices
MSE 771: Materials Science of Nanoelectronics
MSE 791-003: Introduction of Nano-Materials

Academic Performance

To receive a Graduate Certificate, a student must have a minimum 3.00 grade point average (GPA) on all certificate course work. All grades on courses taken towards the certificate program in courses numbered 500 and above are included in the GPA. Courses at the 400 level and below are not eligible for certificate credit and subsequently do not affect the graduate GPA.

All courses taken for certificate credit must be completed with a grade of “B” or better.

GCP students who take letter-graded 500- and 700-level courses do not have the option of taking the courses for "credit only" if they intend for the course to be part of their GCP.

Transfer credit from other institutions is not allowed for GCP. All course work must be registered for through NC State University.

All GCP requirements must be completed within four (4) calendar years, beginning with the date the student commences courses applicable to the GCP. In addition, students must maintain continuous enrollment every semester until all course work is completed. A one-semester leave of absence may be granted if the student is unable to enroll in a course due to extenuating circumstances. The leave of absence must be approved in writing by the certificate coordinator before the start of the semester.

Graduate certificate courses taken while enrolled in a degree program may be double-counted with the degree courses to the extent that the courses unique to the degree remains 18 hours for each Master’s or 36 hours for a Ph.D.

The transfer of graduate certificate courses taken prior to enrollment in a degree program is limited to 12 hours (note: transfer totals from all sources shall not exceed 12 hours).

Certificate Coordinator

Dr. Mehmet C. Ozturk
Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor
Education Director, ASSIST NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center
Monteith Research Center, Room 322-C
Campus Box 7920
NCSU Campus
Raleigh, NC 27695
(919) 515-5245

Dr. Elena Veety
Assistant Education Director, ASSIST NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center
Teaching Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
North Carolina State University
Keystone Science Center
Campus Box 7911
Raleigh, NC 27595
(919) 515-0178