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Career booster – jit skilling

  1. 1. Career Booster =>JIT Skill Enhancement Robert D. Cormia Foothill College Michael Oye NASA-ASL
  2. 2. Overview• Technicians in innovation economies• Two student audiences• Career preparation vs. enhancement• Just in time / rapid skilling• Putting SKILL to WORK• US competitiveness in manufacturing
  3. 3. Innovation Economies • Are dynamic • Industry clusters • Silicon Valley • Computation / networks • Materials engineering • Biomedical device • Clean energy technology
  4. 4. Innovation EconomiesSilicon Valley is home toinnovation through the hard workof people bringing ideas, talent,and capital. In this equation,human capital is a critical factor.In Silicon Valley our innovationworkforce is multidisciplinary,with foundations in science,engineering, and technology. Ourskilled workforce takes decadesto develop, and the talent ishighly refined. When start-upscome together, the most difficulttask can be finding people withstrong backgrounds in bringinginnovation to reality. These skillsare valuable, but atrophy quicklywhen companies fail suddenly.
  5. 5. Three Problems• Underutilized physical capital – Instruments sitting idle• Underutilized human capital – People sitting idle• Problems that need to be solved – Falling behind in key industries – Energy, materials, advanced manufacturing
  6. 6. Putting Skill to Work• Valuable work experience – Advanced materials, instruments• Start-up / big company environments• Emerging / complex industries – Biomedical device / diagnostics – Clean energy / cleantech – Thin film coatings – Smart materials
  7. 7. Career Booster: 3 Stages • Stage one – LIFT OFF – College degree / BS/MS • Stage two – Career GROWTH – First two => three jobs • Stage three – REINVENTION – Transitional workforce – Dislocation => adaptation
  8. 8. Younger technicians rise through the ranks quicklyIn stage two of technical growth, new graduates pick up very specificskills and knowledge related to local innovation economies, especiallyindustrial clusters from energy to biomedicine to semiconductors
  9. 9. Career Enhancement• Meeting changing demands in a company – Core technical competency evolves – Need to understand / master materials• Overcoming an existing ‘skill deficit’ – Materials knowledge / instrument skills• Transitioning into a new / related field – Clean energy bridges two disciplines: – Energy and Advanced Materials Engineering
  10. 10. Filling the Missing SkillCompanies in high speed growth need people to acquire new skills quickly
  11. 11. Nanotechnology Program• Four course program to develop technicians for Silicon Valley• NANO51 – Nanotechnology Applications• NANO52 – Nanostructures / Nanomaterials• NANO53 – Nanocharacterization Tools• NANO54 – Nanofabrication Methods
  12. 12. Nanomaterials Engineering
  13. 13. Two Student Audiences • Transfer student (18-21) – Some science foundation – No industry experience • Returning student (30-55) – Science / engineering degrees – Significant industry experienceOur two student audiences are completely different We have changed strategy to deliver training to our students, and reached out to transitional workers
  14. 14. NASA-ASL Lab Curriculum• Thin film deposition• Nanocarbon synthesis• Characterization tools – FE-SEM / TEM – AFM / SEM / XPS• Design of Experiments (DOE)• Materials safety / nanomaterials
  15. 15. Integrating Curriculum• Online support materials – Nanostructures – Nanocharacterization – Nanofabrication• More skill / less lecture• References for learning• Nanoscience / materials engineering
  16. 16. MACS Instruments• Hitachi S4800 Field Emission SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) – Magnification to 500K x – EDX (Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analysis)• Hitachi H4500 TEM (Transmission Electron Microscope) – Magnification to 300K x – EDX (Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analysis)
  17. 17. Hitachi S4800 FE-SEM
  18. 18. Hitachi H9500 TEMHigh performance imaging iskey to understandingnanostructures and advancedmaterials. The Hitachi S4500at NASA-ASL providesstudents with the ability toimage materials and see grainboundaries, lattice structureof thin films, and the complexnature of carbon bonding innanocarbon structures.Through a specialarrangement with NASA-ASL,we are able to provide 8-10hours of TEM training for astudents, and give them anedge on their resume, and getthem ‘back in the game’.
  19. 19. Design of Experiments• Experimental design• Sample selection• Factorial design• Statistical analysis• Process control
  20. 20. Nanocarbon Synthesis• Nanodiamond treatments• Graphene / vertical graphene• Carbon Nanotubes (CNT)• Multiwall Nanotubes (MWNT)• Fullerenes and multiwall fullerenes• Carbon Nanosphere Chains (CNSC)
  21. 21. Initial Cohort• A dozen technical students / professionals• Six are consultants / industry connecters – One person consulting firms – IEEE working group members – Nanotech organization (Foresight) etc• Six are transitional / incumbent workers – Former technology / recently unemployed – Students transitioning back into high-tech
  22. 22. You are Never Too Old…
  23. 23. Summary• Innovation workforce – Multidisciplined• Constant reskilling / career enhancement• Valuable to innovation economy – Know how to work in start-up environments• Need to be reskilled quickly – Get people ‘back in the saddle’ quickly• Growing segment of CTE programs
  24. 24. References• NSF-ATE Project 0903316• NASA-ASL Advanced Studies Lab• UCSC-MACS Materials Analysis for Collaborative Science• Hitachi Instruments• http://fgamedia/faculty/rdcormia/NANO/
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