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Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing

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NSEC: Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing  (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing (CHM) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst is a Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) sponsored by the National Science Foundation. NSECs address complex, interdisciplinary challenges in nanoscale science and engineering, and integrate research with education internally and through a variety of partnership activities.

The CHM mission is to be a leading research and education center for the development of efficient process platforms and versatile tools for the two and three dimensional integration of components and systems across multiple length scales. The CHM approach yields materials and devices with unprecedented performance for computing, energy conversion and human health. As a comprehensive research center, the CHM includes research on device design, modeling and prototype testing in functional architectures taking best advantage of the specific hierarchical nanomanufacturing capabilities developed by the Center.

Education & Outreach

The education and training of the next generation of scientists and engineers is a vital activity in the Center. The CHM strives to provide high-quality training geared towards innovation and an enhanced base of nanomanufacturing capabilities, as well as educational materials and opportunities designed to excite and instruct K12 students, undergraduates and the public.

The CHM’s primary curricular contribution to science education is through a planned system of relatively short, video-based, multimedia-enhanced learning modules created using Universal Design for Learning principles, enabling re-configuration and re-use for different audience types. The CHM’s educational program also focuses on one-week teacher workshops for learning curriculum modules and trying out nanoscience-related experiments, as well as a summer-long Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program, rather than on direct K12 outreach to thousands of individual students.

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