UC San Diego NanoEngineering

10th Anniversary


You are cordially invited to attend the UC San Diego Department of NanoEngineering's celebration of our ten-year anniversary on June 2, 2017. Our Department was founded on July 1, 2007 as one of the first nanoengineering programs in the United States and has since made significant impact worldwide. This important milestone inspires us to pause and reflect not just on the growth of our department but also on the broader field of nanotechnology.

Nanoengineering is science and technology at dimensions that are hundreds of times smaller than the width of a human hair. Nanoengineers study the world and manipulate matter at very tiny scales — all the way down to the cellular, molecular and atomic levels. By going small, we aim to tackle major challenges in engineering, medicine and energy.

Please join our celebrations:

June 2, 2017 at UC San Diego

Cymer Conference Room, Structural and Materials Engineering Building (SME 248)

Department History

NanoEngineering, as an academic department at UC San Diego, had its origins in the early 2000s with official department status July 1, 2007. Soon to follow was the approval of the Nanoengineering undergraduate and graduate programs in the summer of 2010. The department’s research and teaching are centered on areas of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology that have the potential to make valuable advances in different areas. The department offers outstanding educational and research opportunities, focusing on three main areas:

        • Molecular and Nanomaterials,
        • Biomedical Nanotechnology,
        • Nanotechnologies for Energy.

NanoEngineering as an educational discipline has now reached a similar level of interest and opportunity for graduate students similar to what Aerospace Engineering did in the 60s, Computer Engineering did in the 70s, Computer Science did in the 80s, and Bioengineering did in the 90s. In the 21st Century, NanoEngineering not only will be the discipline that underpins many engineering and science activities, its impact and enabling technologies will continue to excite and draw the most creative students, researchers, faculty and future entrepreneurs. Our NanoEngineering program is growing to keep pace with the increasing demand that we are able to glean from the current interest among applicants to our department already.

Our department is the first of its kind in the US to offer both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Nanoengineering. Since its creation in 2007, the department has been growing at a very rapid rate, and now has 29 faculty members, 730 undergraduate students and over 200 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Nanoengineering at UC San Diego is now world renowned, with rapidly evolving vibrant research programs and major initiatives. In recent years our faculty have made pioneering contributions to nanoscale sciences that were reported in leading international journals and have received numerous national and international awards.

We owe much of our success to the outstanding campus leadership at UC San Diego, our industry partners, our highly talented faculty, staff and students. Find out here how you can contribute to our future success!