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To find the future, follow the students.

They’ll tell you where the world is headed by what they choose to study and the skills they seek to master. Mechanical Engineering first offered an undergraduate course specifically dedicated to nano fundamentals— 2.674, the Micro/Nano Engineering Laboratory—in 2008. Today, to meet student demand, the department offers more than a dozen nano-related courses that teach the theoretical foundation, applications, and tools of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

“Students are a bellwether of the technologies on the rise. They often know before we do what they’re going to need when they graduate,” says Anette (Peko) Hosoi, professor of mechanical engineering.

MIT.nano will mark the beginning of a new era of nano education at MIT.

Classroom and learning spaces with advanced teaching tools will be integrated throughout the building, and new undergraduate chemistry teaching labs will sit on the top floor—making MIT.nano a training ground for the next generation of science and engineering leadership.