In the past 10-20 years, nanotechnology has been a burgeoning scientific field for a number of reasons.  For one, physical processes which ocurr on the "macro scale" differ drastically from those properties at the nano scale.  These differences can be exploited to make the mundane events of everyday life simpler (stain resistant pants) to saving lives though the identification of blood borne disease.  Clearly, not only does nanotechnology have a place in our society, it covers a very broad spectrum of it.
For my 2009 RET-Nano experience, I was placed in the laboratory of Dr. Moses Noh, Profesor of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics (MEMS) at Drexel University.  Dr. Noh's lab primarily investigates microfluidics and how they may be applied across disciplines.  In the past, his lab has produced microdevices to understand the diseased nature of red blood cells from diabetic patients, is currently developing a microdevice to relieve the phenotypic effects of hydrocephalus, and is concurrently attempting to model liver sinusoids on the microscale. 
To learn more about Dr. Noh's lab please click here.
Special gratitude is expressed to the following institutes which makes the program possible: