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SCME Industry Mapping Project
Duncan McClure - SCME Graduate Student Assistant
Check out the Map presented by Duncan at the COMS2014 conference in Salt Lake City. http://scme-nm.org/media/files/SCME_Map_Project_Poster_final.pdf
To assist its efforts in assessing the need and relevance of micro and nanotechnology related education, the Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME) has recently undertaken a microsystems and nanotechnology mapping project.
As part of this effort, the locations of over 3000 companies and government facilities within the United States that make use of micro and nanotechnologies are presented. These are compiled into a density map, meant to identify emerging and established micro and nanotechnology clusters. Such helps the SCME and its partners determine where perspective students may find employment related to micro and nanotechnologies, and where to focus their effort and resources.
1500 of the companies listed are sorted into seven categories based on the technical field their work lies in. These roughly correspond to the skill sets and technical knowledge an engineer or technician may need to work at such companies. Defined broadly, these are:
New Mexico Microsystems and Nanotechnology related industry map.
Check out our new prototype industry mapping project put together by Duncan McClure - Click on the full screen icon, "[ ]" for optimal viewing! We are test driving this new feature and will be updating the database and map features.
The balloons indicate companies and the stars are educational organizations the have micro-nano tech or research programs.
Valerie Kovach - Science teacher at Albuquerque's Atrisco Heritage Academy - created this wonderful site! Check it out - like it - It's not just for HS students!
Duncan McClure, a graduate student in the NSMS program at UNM, joined the SCME as a project assistant. He is working on the Industry Survey/Mapping project.
Duncan is very active in bringing students and indsustry together. He has started a really good blog and I invite all the educators and students to have a look: "TheNanoStudent"