Printing Innovative Nano-Engineering Technology Research & Elite Education (PINE TREE) Program
This project is significant in a sense that it will help undergraduate education in metallurgy and materials engineering major. It needs to be fulfilled in order to allow MME students to help students to get advanced, high-tech engineering and manufacturing careers.
The goal of the project, printing innovative nano-engineering technology research & elite education, is to offer MME students the opportunity to use new nanomaterials and processes in engineering.
Specifically, the new courses are being created to integrate nano and 3D printing technologies into undergraduate education in MME at UTEP(University of Texas at El Paso). The courses are focused on group research activities to blend theoretical concepts with hands-on learning for a comprehensive experience of students. MME students have developed and designed electronic systems and devices using printing technologies. Additionally, the project has included study abroad opportunities for participating students who can gain international experience by participating in the international conferences or international collaboration research projects.
The goal of the project is being apporached by modifying, evaluating, and refining MME courses to ensure that students are prepared to enter careers in printing nano-engineering. For example, 'Printable Materials' course and '3D Additive Manufacturing' course were created in MME courses. 'Materials Synthesis & Manufacturing' course, 'Structural Characterization' Course, and other courses are modified so that it includes content of nanomaterials and 3D printing process. The MME department faculties are continuously discussing to help MME students to be introduced to area of nanomaterials and 3D printing. Moreover, We have planned to establish new course at UTEP in order to help the students who are non-expert at complex communication relating to technical information. The class, 'Rhetoric and Writing Studies (RWS) 1302: Technical Communication for Engineers', will provide students the opportunity to actually write technical documents that are actually used in real work places. These will include: proposals, activity reports, team design projects, instructional documentation, analytical reports, presentations, and portfolios etc. The English Department and Engineering department faculties and staffs will collaborate on this project to help the students.
The key outcome that we expect from this project is students becoming an expert in nano-engineering and 3D printing. The students will develop ability synthesize various types of printable materials, choose the proper processes for manufacturing of printed electronics and actually 3D print the certain object through the newly created courses.
As broader impacts, this project will help students to get jobs or to establish businesses in the area of 3D printing, printable materials, printed electronics, and so on. In other words, it will create a diverse group of engineers with the skills and qualifications needed in the printing nano engineering industry, the students to be diverse both in ethnicity and in educational background. In addition, the program will increase the involvement of the U.S. in printing nano engineering.
We had unexpected challenges in having coordination with mutidisciplanry areas of departments. Since this project is not only based on our department or work, we had to cooperate with faculties, students, and workers in order to meet the common ground on this project. We had to make a balance throughout the process of creating the courses. we could not allow the courses to be weighted to certain side.
J.H. Hwang, K.L. Mendoza, K.D. Jang, S. Hwang, and N.S. Kim, 2013. Optimization of Reverse Offset Roll to Plate (RO-R2P) through contact Angle, Journal of Control and Systems Engineering, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp.67-72
. Hwang, E.I. Reyes, K.S. Moon, R.C. Rumpf, N.S. Kim, Thermo-mechanical Characterization of Metal/Polymer Composite Filaments and Printing Parameter Study for Fused Deposition Modeling in the 3D Printing Process, Journal of Electronic Materials, Vol.44, Issue 3 (2014) pp. 771-777
 K.L Mendoza, A. Ortega, N.S. Kim, Optimization of UV LED-Curable Ink for Reverse-Offset Roll-to-Plate (RO-R2P) Printing, Journal of Electronic Materials, Vol.44, Issue 3 (2015) pp 784-791
 S.I. Hong, C. Sanchez, H.N. Du, N.S. Kim, Fabrication of 3D Printed Metal Structures by Use of High-Viscosity Cu Paste and a Screw Extruder, Journal of Electronic Materials, Vol.44, Issue 3 (2015) pp. 836-841
 H. Choi, S. Hwang, N.S. Kim, Noble Hybrid-Printing-Process to Construct Flexible and Conductive Patterns, Journal of Manufacturing Processes (In-press)
S.I. Hong, N.S. Kim, Synthesis of 3D Printable Cu-Ag Coreshell Materials-Kinetics of CuO Film Removal, Journal of Electronic Materials, Vol.44, Issue 3 (2015) pp. 823-830