A minor in Microsystems and Nanotechnology is now available to students in Biology, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics or Mechanical Engineering. A student must take 9 credit hours of core courses and 15 credit hours from a basket of courses, many of which are electives within their field. More information is available at the links to the left.
There are two major strengths to the program as seen by industry. First, there is an undergraduate research portion (1 credit hour). Second, there is a hands-on component. The students actually get to touch and use an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) rather than just looking at one. Of course there are other strengths. The diverse nature of the faculty (see below), the combination of Nanotechnology AND Microsystems, and the fact that a student can get the minor with as little as 12 additional credit hours.
This link points to a list of schools participating in the Sandia MEMS University Alliance (including UW-Platteville).
The faculty that participate in the minor come from a variety of fields. The current board consists of: