Nanotechnology refers to research and technology development at the atomic, molecular or macromolecular levels, in the length scale of approximately 1-100 nanometer range. Nanotechnology represents the forefront of transformational research and serves as a growth engine for R&D for decades to come. Market demand for professionals with advanced degree training relevant to nanotechnology includes diverse sectors of the economy such as electronics, healthcare, photonics, the environment, transportation, communication, quantum computing, financial engineering, and national security.

Nanotechnology Graduate Program (NGP)

The goal of the NGP is to create a vibrant interdisciplinary environment that provides stimulating and cross-fertilizing educational training in nanotechnology to contribute to the Institute’s research excellence in related frontiers while preserving strong disciplinary fundamentals. The mission of the Program is to equip Stevens’ graduate students with the interdisciplinary intellectual capacity necessary to compete and excel in the ever expanding world of nanotechnology. The institute-wide NGP is jointly administered by the five founding academic departments that bridge multiple disciplines and address the increasingly cross-cutting nature of nanotechnology research:

Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS)
Department of Chemistry, Chemical Biology & Biomedical Engineering (CCBBME)
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Ocean Engineering (CEOE)
Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)
Department of Physics and Engineering Physics (PEP)

Participation in the Nanotechnology Graduate Program leads to Masters of Science, Masters of Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy in the respective disciplines with a designated nanotechnology concentration. To qualify for the nanotechnology concentration, in addition to satisfying disciplinary core requirements, candidates for Masters degrees must complete the common core (NANO 600, NANO 525) and a minimum of three elective courses and should attend regularly the seminar series in the Nanotechnology Curriculum. Thesis option is also available for Masters degrees. Applications are processed and decisions are made in individual home departments. Disciplinary admissions standards apply.

Please note that the NGP does not accept or process applications. Please contact the appropriate department directly for questions regarding the admissions process of that department.

For more information regarding the admissions process for the Nanotechnology Graduate Program, students should contact one of the appropriate departmental representatives below:

Physics and Engineering Physics
Prof. Stefan Strauf, Nanotechnology Graduate Program co-Director

Mechanical Engineering
Prof. Frank Fisher

Civil, Environmental, and Ocean Engineering
Prof. Xiaoguang Meng

Chemistry, Chemical Biology & Biomedical Engineering
Prof. Hongjun Wang

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Prof. Pinar Akcora, Nanotechnology Graduate Program co-Director

Students interested in pursuing an Interdisciplinary Graduate Degree with a concentration in Nanotechnology should follow the normal graduate application procedures through the dean of Graduate Academics, Dr. Charles Suffel, at Stevens Institute of Technology. 

Interdisciplinary Doctorate

The interdisciplinary Ph.D. program aims to take advantage of the complementary educational offerings and research opportunities in multiple areas. Any student who wishes to enter a interdisciplinary program needs to obtain the consent of the participating departments and the subsequent approval of the dean of Graduate Academics. The students will follow a study plan designed by his/her faculty advisor. In particular, the student must declare which department will be the home department (i.e., the department where the majority of courses is being taken), and arrange for written consent of advisors in both departments involved.

For example, the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics offers an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in cooperation with other departments at Stevens. The interdisciplinary Ph.D. allows students to designate a concentration in nanotechnology through the nanotechnology graduate program (NGP). To qualify for the nanotechnology concentration, the student must satisfy all the requirements for an interdisciplinary Ph.D. and additionally complete the NGP common core courses (NANO 600 and NANO 525), a minimum of five elective NANO courses, as well as regularly attend the seminar series in the nanotechnology curriculum (NANO 700). Note that the requirement for five elective NANO courses are allowed to overlap with the requirements for an interdisciplinary Ph.D. involving the PEP department. In particular, courses NANO/PEP 553, NANO/PEP 554, NANO/PEP 555 are cross-listed with the NPG program. In addition, a Ph.D. candidate must successfully execute a doctoral dissertation in the realm of nanotechnology. For more information contact Prof. Stefan Strauf, Nanotechnology Graduate Program co-Director. 

Students interested in pursuing an Interdisciplinary Graduate Degree with a concentration in Nanotechnology should follow the normal graduate application procedures through the dean of Graduate Academics, Dr. Charles Suffel, at Stevens Institute of Technology.